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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Hands down, one of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump and it popularized what I believe to be one of the most concise nuggets of wisdom ever: “Stupid is as stupid does.” It basically means that people’s actions are a pretty good measure of their intelligence. Even when there are those widely considered to be intelligent, if they regularly do stupid things, it’s better than even money that they’re not that bright.

April 17, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 7

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 7th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Ryan Sung

Grade 4

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins Supports Strengthening of Leandra's Law

Bill would increase the use of ignition interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins' Bill to Protect Childen Left Unattended in Motor Vehicle Passes Unanimously

The New York State Senate passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child.

"Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable. This bill does that."

April 17, 2013
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3-on-3 Tournament Committee Organizes for 10th Anniversary Extravaganza!

Over 300 volunteers gathered at the Family Life Worship Center in Elmont to start the planning for the 10th anniversary of the Martins classic 3-on-3 being held this July 13th at the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont.  Executive committee members were announced at the meeting and planning has gone into overdrive for the biggest Summer event in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities.  Last year, some 6,000 children, young people and adults came to the event which featured 3-on-3 basketball, soccer, football, lacrosse

April 15, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends SIDMUN Conference 2013

State Senator Jack M. Martins addressed the 20th anniversary of the Sewanhaka Central High School District Model UN held at Carey High School this past week. Conference participants come from Carey, Elmont Memorial, Floral Park Memorial, New Hyde Park and Sewanhaka High Schools. The Model UN program debated issues ranging from agriculture, drug policy, historical issues and current events. Senator Martins opened the conference with a speech discussing current affairs and their impact on the United States. He also presented Model UN officers with a Senate Proclamation to commemorate the conference. Accepting the Proclamation from Senator Martins are Daniel Alohan and Billy Rothwell.

April 15, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

And Now This

So here we are again. You may recall that when I ran for the Senate nearly three years ago, I, like many of you, was angry at our government in Albany. As a local mayor for eight years, I knew with frustrating clarity just how out-of-touch Albany had become to the plight of everyday people. And I wasn’t alone. Republicans and Democrats alike, young and old, were demanding change and I wanted to be a part of it. We’d had enough of bad decisions impacting our communities, of back-room deals, of legislators spending more time in the courthouse than the statehouse. We were done watching Nero fiddle while Rome burned.

April 11, 2013
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Work Begins on Jericho Turnpike Project

Work has begun on the Jericho Turnpike road resurfacing project, which encompasses a stretch of roadway from Glen Cove Road to the city line. This segment of the project that has begun includes the area of the roadway from Beebe Road in Mineola to Glen Cove Road in Old Westbury.

April 9, 2013
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Senator Martins Meets with School Superintendents

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents and assistant superintendents from around the Seventh Senate District to go over how the newly enacted state budget and how it will affect school district budgets that will be going out for a vote next month.

Senator Martins and the school superintendents discussed state aid for education being increased as well as the cost drivers that school districts are facing and the challenges of continuing to provide excellent educational programs during challenging economic times. Senator Martins and the school officials will be working together to benefit the communities throughout the Seventh Senate District.

April 5, 2013
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Questions and Answers About the 2013 Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Basketball Classic and Events Taking Place on July 13th

Question:  When does my tournament form have to be in?

Answer:  A half hour before your division time tips-off on July 13th.

April 5, 2013
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Senator Martins On State Budget: $1 Billion in Additonal Education Funding and Pension Relief

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke on the floor of the Senate on the evening the 2013-14 state budget was passed. Senator Martins addressed important aspects of the budget including $1 billion in addition state funding for education as well as the pension smoothing plan that will allow school districts and local governments to opt into the program and realize immediate savings for taxpayers.

April 1, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget That Delivers Tax Relief for Families and Businesses

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2 Percent Again

The New York State Senate concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Martins Delivers Increased CHIPS Funding for Seventh Senate District

Investment in Infrastructure Seen as a Key For Job Creation

The villages in the Seventh Senate District as well as the Town of Hempstead and Town of North Hempstead will see a significant increase in funding from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) as a result of Senator Jack M. Martins working with his colleagues and Governor Andrew Cuomo to make investments in infrastructure a priority in the state budget.

March 26, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Building the Ark

There’s an old joke about God commanding a modern-day Noah to build an ark, warning him that the earth would be flooded in a year. Twelve months later, all Noah had was a pile of logs. He said, “God, forgive me but there were big problems. “Like what?” God asked.

March 26, 2013
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