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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Local Governments Need Relief From MTA Payroll Tax

If you’ll indulge me, I’d ask you to imagine a very complex flow chart, one with a jumble of miniscule numbers and overlapping arrows pointing in every direction that are nearly impossible to decipher. That’s what government bureaucracies tend to create. But in my years of public service, I happen to have gotten pretty good at analyzing these labyrinths, tracing their complexities back to their respective centers. What’s more, I can now almost always predict what you’ll find there: an overburdened taxpayer that doesn’t know what hit him.

January 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Tours NCC's New Life Science Building

Senator Jack M. Martins and his Senate colleagues from Long Island toured the new Life Sciences Building at Nassau Community College.

The “U-shaped" Life Sciences building features laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, conference spaces, computer labs and group study spaces. The interior of the U contains an open-air courtyard. The new Life Sciences building will set the standard for all future new construction and renovation on campus.

January 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses How a Bill Becomes a Law at Our Lady of Victory School

Senator Jack M. Martins is currently sponsoring a “How a Bill Becomes a Law” Program with schools in the Seventh Senate District. Recently, Senator Martins visited Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park in to discuss with the students how a bill becomes a law in New York State. The purpose of the program is to engage students in the civic and governmental issues.

Senator Martins explained to the students that a bill often originates in the local communities an elected official represents. It may come from a local government or a concerned resident. A Senator can then introduce the bill in the New York State Senate.

January 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Takes Part in Community Readers Program at the Munsey Park School

Senator Jack M. Martins was among the guest readers at the Munsey Park School in Manhasset. Although it was a rainy Friday morning, it was bright and cheery within the confines of the Munsey Park School in Manhasset. Senator Martins and other elected officials such as Nassau County Legislature Judi Bosworth and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross had the opportunity to read with the students.

The program allows students to share books with leaders from the community who encourage the students to continue to read.

January 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Reads with Manorhaven School Students

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manorhaven School, where he received a warm welcome as a community reader. Senator Martins then read “Alphabet Adventure” by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood with Susan Cominski’s class.

Senator Martins spoke to the children about the importance of reading and listening to your parents. The students all enjoyed the book about the lower case letters of the alphabet on their way to the first day of school and being held up being the “i” losing its dot!

When Senator Martins is home from Albany, he enjoys visited the schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to meet students. He also currently is running the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” program for fourth and fifth grade students.

January 27, 2012
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Senate Passes Measures to Make New York Roads Safer

Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed measures to makes the roads safer, sending a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.    

In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, the Senate approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets.

- The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

January 26, 2012
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New York State Mandate Relief Council Meeting

The New York State Mandate Relief Council will be meeting for the first time at 10 a.m in the Blue Room (Room 250) of the State Capitol.

January 25, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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State Mandate Relief Council Holds First Meeting

Senator Martins Is Lone Member From Long Island

The New York State Mandate Relief Council, which was created as part of the tax cap legislation that went into law this year, met for the first time on Wednesday, January 25. Senator Jack M. Martins, the lone member from Long Island to sit on the 11-member council, said he is looking forward to working with his fellow council members to bring relief to local governments and school districts.

The council will be charged with reviewing mandates that are passed on to local governments and school districts. The elimination or modification of some of the regulations will result in costs savings for local governments and school district, which can then pass on the savings to taxpayers.

January 25, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Wheatley Soccer Champions

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Wheatley School to congratulate the members of the boy’s soccer team who captured the Long Island Class B championship, the school’s first since 2004.

The Wildcats defeated Cold Spring Harbor 1-0 to become Long Island champions. Senior Jonathan Kowalczyk scored the winning goal after teammate, junior Daniel Solomon, attempted a shot with 47 seconds left in the second overtime. Junior goaltender Eric Orologio made five saves in the shutout win.

Senator Martins awarded each of the student-athletes with a Certificate of Merit and congratulated the team as well as head coach Steve Cadet and assistant coach Marco DaFonte on an outstanding season. The team then presented Senator Martins with a plaque with a team photo and roster on it.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Martins: State Aid to Long Island Schools Doesn't Add Up

I flipped through hundreds of pages until I found it. I was scanning the proposed budget released by Governor Cuomo last week, looking to see how our district fared with state aid, in particular the amounts for our school districts. I guess to say I was disappointed by what I saw is an understatement – the governor had proposed increasing state aid to education by 4%, yet time and again our districts were shortchanged.

January 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Port Washington Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center, which has been in existence since 1980, has developed a reputation as a treasure in the Port Washington community. Located in the Landmark building, the Parent Resource Center succeeds in its mission to provide a safe and healthy environment for parents and children to learn, have fun, and make friends.

This was no more evident than at holiday time when the PRC held a holiday party for parents and children who take advantage of the wide variety of programs the center offers. In attendance were State Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink to lend their support of the this parent-run cooperative.

January 23, 2012
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Senator Martins: Executive Budget Falls Short on Education Funding For Long Island Schools

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.

In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Martins Brings 'How a Bill Becomes a Law' Program to Great Neck

Senator Jack M. Martins is currently sponsoring a “How a Bill Becomes a Law” Program with schools in the Seventh Senate District. Recently, Senator Martins visited the E.M. Baker School in Great Neck to discuss with the students how a bill becomes a law in New York State.

Senator Martins explained to the students that a bill often originates in the local communities an elected official represents. It may come from a local government or a concerned resident. A Senator can then introduce the bill in the New York State Senate.

January 20, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, January 23, 2012 Room 945 LOB

January 23, 12:00 PM - 12:07 PM
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Senator Martins Introduces Bill to Discourage Prescription Drug Abuse

A multi-prong approach is needed to combat an epidemic that has reached a critical point in New York State. Senator Jack M. Martins has proposed a law in New York State that would encourage the use of medications that are tamper resistant in an effort to decrease prescription drug abuse on Long Island and in New York State.

According to a report by the New York State Attorney General, the number of prescription painkillers has increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to 22.5 million in 2010, an increase of almost 36 percent in New York. During that time, Oxycodone prescriptions have increased by 82 percent. According to the report, painkiller overdoses led to nearly 15,000 deaths in 2008.

January 18, 2012
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Senator Martins Speaks on the Senate Floor About Passage of Iran Divestment Act

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in support of the Iran Divestmen Act, which was passed by the Senate. It prohibits entities that invest in Iran energy from contracting with the state. The bill was subsequently signed by the Governor.

January 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Welcomes New Business to Elmont

Senator Jack Martins welcomed yet another new business to Elmont's "Hempstead Turnpike Corridor" this past week. Ricki's Matos opened his "Dominican Style" Barbershop across from the old Argo Theatre to rave reviews. Matos has worked in the Elmont, Franklin Square and Mineola communities for years. He recently branched out on his own to open his small business on Hempstead Turnpike. Senator Martins dropped by Ricki's Barbershop to wish him luck! "Riki has many friends in Mineola and when I heard he was opening his own barbershop in Elmont, I wanted to drop by and wish him well! Small business is the backbone of our communities and I'm really proud that Riki is investing right here in the Elmont, South Floral Park and Franklin Square communities," said Senator Martins

January 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Joins With Winthrop in Announcing Hospital Will Serve as Site For WTC Treatment Program

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola in announcing that it is the Nassau County site of the Stony Brook University Medical Center’s World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (WTCMMTP).

The program provides excellent clinical care for the thousands of people who were exposed to toxic chemicals and who continue to suffer from upper and lower respiratory tract distress, mental health symptoms, and other conditions related to the environment at ground zero.

January 17, 2012
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