I was actually just putting the finishing touches on this week’s column when a friend e-mailed me a newspaper editorial regarding public pensions. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to lay my column aside and seize the opportunity to share what I’ve long considered a game-changing idea.
Coming into the final four months of his current term as senator of the 7th Senate District, Jack Martins sat down with Anton Community Newspapers editors on Wednesday, July 25. He will seek re-election in November, facing off against Manhasset Democrat Daniel Ross.
Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.
New York State passed its second consecutive on-time budget. Before 2011, the state hadn’t produced an on-time budget in 15 years. The current budget represents the fourth on-time budget in 29 years.
Senator Jack M. Martins’ bill to eliminate public authorizes and urban renewal agencies that are inactive or are no longer needed was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
The bill (S. 5227-B) repeals the statutory authorization for approximately 95 urban renewal and industrial agencies and 28 local public authorities that are either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.
In order to continue to listen to the concerns of the community, State Senator Jack M. Martins has scheduled mobile office hours over the next two months across the Seventh Senate District.
“I want to thank our libraries for hosting my Mobile Office hours. My office is always available as a community resource and the mobile office hours allow us to bring the office right into our communities,” Senator Martins said.
All residents are invited to attend and bring any questions or concerns you may have directly to the Senator.
As always, please feel free to reach out to Senator Martins' district office at 516-746-5924 should you have any questions.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to take part in Long Island's first ever Indian Day Parade on a recent Sunday in Hickville. The parade marked a celebration of India's independence as well as the Indian culture, which has enriched many communities here on Long Island and in the Seventh Senate District.
"It was an honor to be a part of this historic day. The Indian as well as many of the cultures that have strenghened our communities is about rememberance and pride," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mineola High School history teacher Paul Pereira, Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar and foreign language teacher Elsa Coelho to announce that efforts to incorporate the Portuguese language into the foreign language curriculum have come to fruition. Beginning this September, the high school will be offering a section of approximately 25 students to the eighth grade in addition to the Spanish, French, Italian and Latin.
I went to a wake in Woodside the other night. A good friend of mine lost his grandmother a few months shy of her 106th birthday. As soon as I stepped into the funeral home, I could tell this family matriarch was revered and was going to be sorely missed, but there was a celebratory air about the place, a proverbial “Irish wake” with joy and laughter for a life well lived.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss were on Jericho Turnpike recently to receive an update on the progress being made on the Jericho Turnpike project.
The project involves the repaving of Jericho Turnpike from the city line through to Glen Cove Road as well as safety improvements. Originally, the project was supposed to end before the Village of Mineola. However, Senator Martins and Mayor Strauss were able to get the project extended through to Glen Cove Road so that it will encompass Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.
Currently, there is sidewalk preparation work underway It is estimated the project will be completed by the end of next year.
The Mineola American Legion Post #349 was honored to welcome its first ever female member during its last meeting at Mineola Village Hall. Commander Carl Marchese and Manny Grilo, who is the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Private Adolph Block Post #1305, as well as Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola resident Yuri Karasz on her membership to the post.
“Yuri Karasz is an outstanding member of the community who accomplished so much. She served our country and now is helping others pursue their dreams of becoming medical professionals. The Mineola American Legion is an outstanding veterans organization and has only been further enriched by having her as a member,” said Senator Martins.
I guess some might call me old-fashioned, but I still enjoy listening to talk radio. Even with the rise of online media, there is still something very personal about radio that I like. You get news and opinions of course, but it’s the sound and inflection of people’s voices that give you insight into the personalities and emotions surrounding a subject. Whether it be a long-suffering, fellow Mets fan or an author discussing his or her latest book, I admit that I often drive around the block or take a longer route to listen a little longer.
Senator Jack Martins and NY Knick Legend John Starks were presented by BET's 106 and Park television show's DJ Monumental with his signature "Hometown Hero Shirts" for their service and promoting positive outlets for young people. The shirts were designed DJ Monumental and presented to Senator Martins and Knick John Starks during the "Martins Classic 3-on-3" held at Dutch Broadway School. DJ Monumental is the in-house DJ for the widely successful and acclaimed BET television show "106 and Park" broadcast daily from NYC. Pictured with Senator Jack Martins are NY Knick legend John Starks, Marcel Hostin, Nachbi Lacossiere, Scott Cushing and DJ Monumental.
Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont this past Saturday attending "The Sanctuary's" Block Party Community Day. The block party community day was a great success with a vibrant turnout. Children were very busy going on rides and climbing aboard the Elmont Fire Department Engine #1 to their great delight. Senator Martins was welcomed to the party by Sanctuary Pastor Jolly's wife Lisa, who introduced him to church members, and volunteers. During Senator Martins' visit, he thanked the volunteers for their hard work and received community input on issues impacting Elmont's neighborhoods. "Community events like this are what make Elmont such a special place. People work together and help one another in a positive way.
Senator Jack Martins was back in South Floral Park this past week speaking to members of the South Floral Park Civic Association and members of the South Floral Park Fire Department. The listen sessions are a continuing effort of Senator Martins to meet community members and have a frank exchange of views on issues and topics impacting New York State and local communities. In attendance at both sessions was South Floral Park Village Mayor Geoffrey Prime. South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri chaired the 1st session with Civic members and students from Floral Park and Sewanhaka High Schools. "I want to thank the South Floral Park Civic Association and the Fire Department for their gracious invitation to speak to them.
The Family Life Worship Cathedral honored and thanked Senator Jack Martins for his help and assistance to the Elmont community and the Church. Martins was welcomed and thanked by the congregation for his work on local community issues this past Sunday at their services. Bishop Christopher Cox II, Pastor Zulmina Cox and Church leaders led by Reginald King welcomed Martins where they honored him for his work. During the service, Senator Martins had the opportunity to meet members and discuss community affairs. "The Family Life Worship Cathedral and Bishop Cox and his wife Pastor Zulmina Cox are very people who help others and are inspirational spiritual leaders in the greater community."
A bill (S4494) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that would increase penalties for the fraudulent packaging, sale or certification of Kosher food has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation came about in response to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Kosher food inspection unit being cut as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year state budget. With a lack of food inspectors, increasing fines will deter some companies that may be inclined to fraudulently market Kosher food products.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams were at the Hicksville LIRR station on Tuesday, July 31, reviewing plans for the improvement of the station that the railroad believes will significantly improve service and customer satisfaction for Long Island commuters.
Senator Martins and Ms. Williams both indicated how important the Hicksville LIRR station is to commuters as the busiest station in Nassau County where both the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch and the Ronkonkoma Branch converge into the Main Line.
Legislation Supported by Senator Martins Aids Crime Solving and Prevention
As of August 1, New York State got tougher on crime. That’s because legislation that expanded the DNA Databank went into effect. The All-Crimes DNA Law will add approximately 46,000 individual DNA samples a year to the databank, providing law enforcement with additional tools it needs to solve crime and potentially prevent some future crimes from occurring.
Each year, members of County Seat Kiwanis visit Mineola's Wilson Park to treat the campers that attend the Mineola Summer Recreation Program to lunch. This summer was no exception. Members of County Seat Kiwanis - Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, John Davanzo and Gabe Parajos. Ed and John manned the grill, cooking the hotdogs, and Senator Jack M. Martins joined Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and Lois in preparing the hot dog rolls. Gabe served the campers. It was a wonderful summer day for an exception program run by the village's recreation department, led by Marta DeSousa and Anna Athan.
On Monday, July 30, Senator Jack M. Martins spent a pleasant summer day at North Hempstead Beach Park for Funday Monday. Each Monday, seniors from the communities that comprise the Town of North Hempstead gather at the beach for a day of music, dancing, card games and good company.
On July 30, Funday Monday included a health fair with numerous tables set up where residents can get information. Senator Martins provided a cool refreshment as he brought an ice cream truck, courtesy of Phil Fortuna and Long Island Checker Cab, to give free ice cream. Senator Martins greeted many friends and was honored to have spent the day with the seniors.
Back in February of 2011, I met Susan, a resident of New Hyde Park, who shared with me yet another of those Long Island Railroad stories that can drive sane people mad.
Just a few weeks before, Susan had decided to avoid the snow-covered roads and purchased two one-way tickets at the New Hyde Park railroad station. She didn’t use the return fare since she was able to get a ride home. When she tried to refund the ticket, she was shocked to learn MTA policy called for a $10 processing fee regardless of the ticket’s price. That was more than her $7.25 ticket. Imagine a refund fee more costly than the actual product itself!