Williston Park Doctor Starts Non-Profit to Collect and Distribute Footwear
Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Dr. Mary Carlson for her work for Shoes For All, a non-profit organization Dr. Carlson founded to collect and distribute shoes to those less fortunate and in desperate need of footwear.
Dr. Carlson, podiatrist with an office located in Williston Park, ran her first shoe drive at a local street fair in September 2010. The tremendous community support encouraged her to continue her outreach service. The result was Shoes For All, which is making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate by providing shoes, which will ultimately prevent foot health problems.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, where he gave an update on accomplishments in Albany. He reiterated the important of having a vibrant business community and the need to ease the tax burden on businesses as well as residents in order to get the economy on the right track. Senator Martins has worked with the Governor to provide tax relief and make the state more business friendly in order to create jobs. He thanked the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce for the invite and enjoyed spending the morning with the esteemed members.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently spent a morning with the seniors at the Herricks Community Center. Senator Martins brough dessert and discussed issues with the seniors. Her cherishes the time he gets to spend with the senior community. "Our seniors have so much to teach us. They lived through difficult times our country faced and they persevered," he said.
Whether it's by visiting seniors centers or Funday Monday at Bar Beach during the summer, Senator Martins stays in close contact with the senior community, which, in the Seventh Senate District, is extremely vibrant.
In an effort to give constituents access to his office, Senator Jack M. Martins is holding mobile office hours throughout the 7th Senate District. Recently, he held mobile office hours in the Port Washington Library, where he met with residents and listened to their questions and concerns. Senator Martins feels it's important to frequently meet with residents to listen to their concerns as it is essential to his job representing the people of the 7th Senate District. The Senate thanks the Port Washington Library for allowing him the use of the library. Senator Martins' District Office is always available to residents at (516) 746-5924.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Village of Williston Park held its annual street fair. Numerous businesses lined Jericho Turnpike as residents and community leaders enjoyed all Williston Park has to offer. Senator Martins attended the fair and met with numerous residents and leaders of the Williston Park community.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at a legislative breakfast at Hofstra University. Governor Bush discussed issues facing the states as well as the nation as a whole. For Senator Martins, it was interesting to get Governor Bush's perspective on issues he faced in Florida.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a legislative breakfast at Hofstra University where he met former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Governor Bush discussed issues challenging the states and the nation as a whole.
Senator Jack M. Martins marched in the annual Mineola Homecoming Parade. It was a beautiful early fall day and the Mustang spirit was running high. Mineola Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, Mineola Principal Ed Escobar, school board members and local elected officials marched with students to the Hampton Street Stadium, where they rooted the Mustangs on to a victory over Locust Valley. Go Mineola!
Senator Jack M. Martins held mobile office hours at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, where he discussed issues important to residents. Senator Martins has been holding mobile office hours around the 7th Senate District as a way of bringing his office directly into the community and making himself accessible to the residents.
Community Day in Elmont was a huge success as Senator Jack Martins and BET's 106 and Park television star DJ Monumental handed out free school supplies to children and talked about the importance of education this past Saturday. Hundreds streamed into the Family Life Worship Center where Bishop Cox, Senator Martins and the congregation sponsored free children's dental screenings, a blood drive, child and senior id kits and much more. "Community Day was such a huge success and I can't thank Bishop Cox and DJ Monumental for their special efforts for our community's young people," said Senator Martins. DJ Monumental said, "I love spending time in my hometown and giving back to the community. The school supply give-away and all the events for our young people were spectacular.
Participates in Program That Encourages Medical Professionals to Promote Reading
Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest reader at Winthrop Pediatric Associates on a recent morning as part of the Reach Out and Read Program. The program encourages medical professionals to promote reading to children. The program is utilized at four locations in the Seventh Senate District – Winthrop, Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of NY in Lake Success, The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY in New Hyde Park and Port Pediatrics in Port Washington.
Senator Jack M. Martins along with his colleague, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, was recently honored for his support of village government by the Nassau County Village Officials Association. Senator Martins, a former village mayor, believes strongly that village government is the most efficient government there is in terms of being accessible to residents and providing services in the most cost effective manner.
Senator Martins is currently the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and has passed legislation during his first term in the Senate. He is planning on introducing legislation that will flatten pension rate contributions of local governments, giving them stability when it comes to budgeting for employee pensions.
So it’s the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and I couldn’t help but reflect on how different things are. After that horrible day, we couldn’t have been prouder to be Americans. Not only did everyday people from every background come together, but even our political parties seemed unified in purpose. Of course, different ideologies still existed, but adversity made one thing clear: we were Americans first. I’d go so far as to say that from terrible tragedy came a genuine appreciation for each other.
Senator Jack Martins dropped by the Jamaica Square Iprovement League Block Party this past Saturday where residents from Jamaica Square and South Floral Park packed the street and enjoyed great food and fun. Pictured with Senator Martins are South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri, Jamaica Square Improvement League President Claudine Hall, Elmont Coalition Chair Sandra Smith, former Elmont Library Board President Tania Lawes and block party goers. "The block party was truly a family affair with everyone having a great time and enjoying the games, food and camaraderie. My thanks go to Claudine Hall and all the volunteers who made this day such a great success," said Senator Martins.
In an effort to make it more convenient for constituents to discuss issues and concerns, Senator Jack M. Martins held mobile office hours on Thursday, September 6 at the Hillside Library in New Hyde Park.
Senator Martins has scheduled other mobile office hours throughout the district through September and October. As always, constituents are welcome to call his District Office for assistance at 746-5924. Mobile office hours are as follows:
Port Washington - Saturday September 22nd, 2pm-4pm at the Port Washington Library 1 Library Drive, Port Washington
Hicksville - Saturday, September 22, 5 p.m. at India Pentecostal Assembly, 343 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville
State Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, held a roundtable discussion with some of the esteemed mayors villages within the Seventh Senate District to discuss important issues facing local governments. The panelists included Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, who is also the President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, Village of Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin, who is also the President of the Great Neck Village Officials Association, Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss as well as New York Conference of Mayors Deputy Director Barbara Van Epps.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New Hyde Park All-Stars girls softball team, the first ever to reach the Little League World Series, with a pizza party at Gino in New Hyde Park. The girls became the Eastern Region champions and then went on to Portland, Oregon to compete against the best teams in the world. After a 2-0 start with impressive wins over Asia Pacific and Canada, New Hyde Park finished fifth out of 10 teams.
Congratulations taxpayers. I have good news. The New York State Supreme Court ruled the MTA Payroll Tax that drained $1.4 billion from New York’s downstate economy is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, NYC-based interests are already working to overturn the ruling so I want to share some facts before waters are muddied.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in state government as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano last week in applauding the State Supreme Court’s decision declaring the MTA Payroll Tax unconstitutional.
The tax, which was imposed in 2009 by the former Senate majority and former Governor, proved to hurt Long Island’s economy at a time when the region was reeling from a national recession by requiring every employer to pay .34 percent of their total payroll to help fund the MTA. The tax was imposed on all schools, businesses, municipalities, hospitals and not-for-profits in seven counties including Nassau and Suffolk within the MTA region. The court concluded that to impose a tax on certain regions in the state was unconstitutional.
On a recent summer afternoon, Senator Jack M. Martins received a tour of the beautiful facility that comprise the Great Neck Park District. Commissioners Ruth Tamarin and Robert Lincoln met Senator Martins in the Great Neck House before going to visit the children's playground, pool, ice skating rink (which is set up for basketball in the summer) and the marina.
"Thank you to Commissioners Tamarin and Lincoln for the tour. The facilities are beautiful. I commend the board and staff on their efforts to provide the community with such valuable services," Senator Martins said.