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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

When the Rules Change

Something unfair is going on. It’s not only unfair but at the risk of sounding cliché, it’s strikes me as distinctly un-American. It’s been written about here and there, but has mostly gone unnoticed by the media and the few outlets that have covered it, in my opinion, have missed the point.

For anyone who has ever used catering facilities, whether local halls, caterers at hotels or even at synagogues and civic organizations, you’ll recall that your bill normally includes a “service charge” – a percentage of the overall bill. That charge has become the center of much discussion.

May 22, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Grand Opening of Stannards Brook Park

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the grand opening of Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington. The main entrance is on Carlton Avenue at Charles Street. The park was renovated with funding, in part, from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The renovation included newly paved paths, newly constructed bridges as well as a bubbling stream, Council Circle and Amphitheater.

May 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill That Makes Viewing Child Pornography a Felony

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

“This legislation will deter anyone from trying to exploit children by viewing child pornography by making it a felony. This is not acceptable behavior and we should not tolerate it,” said Senator Martins, who supported the bill.

May 18, 2012
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Senator Martins Tours Progress on East Side Access Project

On a recent Friday, Senator Jack M. Martins took a tour of the East Side Access Project, where he saw first-hand the progress being made on the massive capital project that entails excavating and building tunnels that will bring the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) into Grand Central.

May 18, 2012
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James John Regan

Sergeant Regan’s patriotism, dedication and willingness to sacrifice his life for his country serve as perfect reminders of what makes the United States the greatest country in the world. Although his life may have been lost fighting for his country in a faraway land, he will forever serve as a role model and symbol for freedom and for love of family, friends and country. 

May 18, 2012
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Port Washington Students Shine in Mock Courtroom

If you were to visit one of five classrooms at the Sousa Elementary School, one of the four elementary schools in the Port Washington School District, on Friday, May 11, you may think for a moment that you were in federal district court or state supreme court. That’s because elementary school students were conducting mock trials as part of the Port Enrichment Program.

The students debated a scenario involving the parents of a young man who was injured suing the producers of a show, “Wildest, Wackiest, Craziest Teen Video Competition” for negligence for broadcasting a show that encourages students to performing reckless students.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Martins 'Deeply Touched' By St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School

During a visit to St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury for "Pizza and Politics," the students had a special assembly in honor of Senator Martins. Principal Paul Clagnaz made the Senator an honorary graduate of the school. Some of the students then sang a stirring rendition of Proud to Be an American. Some of the members of the student council then performed a sketch in which Senator Martins was being interviewed by the press. Jamie played Senator Martins. During the assembly, the school also received a visit from a special guest, Village of Westbury Deputy Mayor Joan Boes.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Brings 'Pizza and Politics' to St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School

Senator Jack M. Martins recently brought his “Pizza and Politics” initiative to the St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury. “Pizza and Politics” is an initiative started by Senate Martins whereby the Senator visits schools in the Seventh Senate District, bringing pizza for lunch and discussing issues that are important to young people. At St. Brigid, Senator Martins and the members of the student council discussed state support of parochial schools.

May 17, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Room 945 LOB

May 23, 9:00 AM - 9:14 AM
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Senator Martins Names Jean-Marie Posner a NYS Senate Woman of Distinction

Each year, the New York State Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their community and, in doing so, have had a positive impact on New York State. This year, Senator Jack M. Martins named Jean-Marie Posner of Sands Point the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction.

On Tuesday, May 16, Jean-Marie made the trip to Albany for the special ceremony that was held after Senate Session, during which the women of distinction from each of the Senate districts were recognized.

“Jean-Marie has meant so much to many organizations and fellow residents. Her work for the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve as well as for education and senior citizen affairs has left an indelible mark on the community,” said Senator Martins.

May 16, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill That Extends Time to Use Train Tickets and Eliminates Refund Charges

Common sense legislation, sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to repeal a processing fee for customers to refund unused Long Island Railroad tickets received wide bi-partisan support as it passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday by a 60-0 vote.

Currently, a customer who purchases a LIRR ticket and doesn’t use it has to pay a $10 processing fee just to receive a refund. In many cases, the refund costs more than the ticket itself. In addition, the current policy gives customers only 14 days to use a ticket or 30 days to seek a refund. Senator Martins’ bill (S.3778D) eliminates the $10 processing fee to return an unused ticket and gives customers a full six months after the purchase date to either use the ticket or receive a full refund.

May 16, 2012
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Senate Majority Proposes College Affordability Plan

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference outlined a plan to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education. The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.

May 16, 2012
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Jean-Marie Posner

Jean-Marie Posner embodies the true spirit of volunteerism. Through her commitment and dedication, she has worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of others while displaying an unwavering support of the beautification of her community and the education of all children. 

May 15, 2012
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Elmont New Video Commercial is UP!

Greetings Everyone!
 
Check out the new video commercial produced by members of the 3on3 Committee. This year's tournament is getting very exciting and the hype is just beginning.  This year's extravaganza is on July 14th and Dutch Broadway School! Just this past weekend, we had our third tourney committee meeting where we hosted over 230 volunteers and continued preparations for the tourney.
 
 

May 14, 2012
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Starting Squads for Henry Viscardi-Elmont Basketball Game at Martins 3-on-3 Tourney Classic Announced!

The starting squads for the special Elmont Spartans-Henry Viscardi Cougars Wheelchair Basketball game rematch were announced today in the run-up to the Martins Classic 3on3 Tournament.

May 14, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Mother - The Great Vacationless Class

Two sets of twins – same family – double doses of double trouble. That was life for my mom and dad: two sets of twins and another child just to stir things up. How they actually survived, especially mom, I’ll never know. But having a weekly column I think it’s high time I offer some reflection on and praise for the woman who so selflessly raised us. So I apologize in advance if this week’s column sounds like I’m being sentimental about her. It’s only because I absolutely am.

May 14, 2012
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Congratulations to Manhasset High School Crew Team on Win at LI Regatta

Members of the Manhasset High School Crew Team look forward to participating in the Long Island Scholastic Championship Regatta each year and once again this year, their enthusiasm for rowing showed as the team won 14 Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Medals. In fact, Manhasset had 23 boats racing, 19 of which clinched medals.

“It is a beautiful place to row and it allows us to share good times with all the Long Island schools as well as those near us,” said coach Hugo Guardado-Henriquez, who has been with the program for four years.

May 14, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Room 945 LOB

May 16, 9:03 AM - 9:15 AM
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Senator Martins Nominates New Hyde Park Memorial High School Student for SUNY Maritime Cadet Appointment

Senator Jack M. Martins had the privilege of nominating New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior John Fanelli for the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College Cadet Appointment Program. As a result of the nomination, John was appointed to the Regiment of Cadets at SUNY Maritime and was awarded a four-year, full tuition scholarship as part of the distinction. John has a grade point average of 94.

“I want to congratulate John on this appointment. He comes from a wonderful family and has a bright future ahead. He is bright young man that will be an asset to the program,” said Senator Martins.

May 10, 2012
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