Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos were in Port Washington recently to take a tour of WATT Fuel Cell, a designer and developer of fuel cell systems.
Senator Martins and Senator Skelos met with Dr. Caine Finnerty, president of Watt Fuel Cell, as well as board member Jimmy Vilardi. Dr. Finnerty explained the technology Watt is working on that makes use of fuel through fuel cells.
“Watt Fuel Cell is on the cutting edge of developing efficient energy systems for portable power. It is a high technology business that is operating right here in Nassau County,” said Senator Martins. “It’s important that we have companies that are seeking alternate energy sources.”
As Long Island families continue preparing to head back to school this fall, Senator Jack Martins wants to make sure that all consumers know that clothing and footwear purchases under $55 per item are again exempt from the New York State portion of sales tax. The 4% state portion of the sales tax was eliminated in an effort to help consumers save money while bringing in additional revenue to stores throughout the state. In addition, the 3/8% MTA portion of the sales tax was also eliminated for the areas affected, which includes both Suffolk and Nassau Counties.According to a memo released by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the exemption
A website has been created by the New York State Comptroller to give local governments information on the property tax cap. The legislation creating the tax cap was passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The law caps tax levy increases for local governments and school districts at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
The cap will go into effect for the 2012 fiscal year and the 2012-2013 school year.
State Senator Jack Martins welcomed and congratulated Miss Teen Long Island Sabrina Mastrangelo at the Franklin Square-Elmont PAL Baseball All Star Tournament at Rath Park this past week. Martins, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla greeted the pageant winner at the beginning of the tournament that featured outstanding baseball players associated with the Nassau County Police Athletic League. For Martins, meeting Mastrangelo was a special honor as the teen won the pageant by basing her candidacy on an issue that the Senator has been championing since his election - cyberbullying. Mastrangelo got involved in the cause after seeing a cruel post online about one of her older classmates.
A new sports lounge had their official opening in Elmont this past week where community members were invited to cut the ribbon at "Magnet" Sports and Entertainment Lounge. The opening was attended by community leaders and family members of owners Michael Mullings, Roger Williams and Barry White. State Senator Jack Martins was invited to the opening in commemoration of his support of the new business and revitalization efforts in the Elmont community.
Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident and Sewanhaka High School student J.P. Iacaona on the floor of the New York State Senate in recognition his work to assist veterans in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities. JP has raised over $5,700 to provide service dogs to disabled veterans and wounded warriors. America's VetDogs provide guide dogs, service dogs, and new technologies for disabled veterans. VetDogs serves men and women who have lost their eyesight or limbs, suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, giving them companions to help them lead a more active life.
State Senator Jack M. Martins provides the follwoing tips if you have property damage from Huricane Irene and need an insurance claim filed. If you have property damage and need an insurance claim filed:
The State Insurance Department recommends the following steps to help facilitate a smooth insurance claim:
· The first step to getting your home restored is to contact your insurance company and/or agent with your policy number and other relevant information. Be aware that your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame.
We’ve had hail the size of baseballs, an earthquake, and now Hurricane Irene. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. Metaphors aside, each incident serves as an intense reminder that preparation is always the best prevention. Along those lines, we’ve heard debate for a number of years as to whether Long Island is prepared for a hurricane. I think this past weekend we demonstrated that we are.
Senator Jack M. Martins and New York Blood Center joined forces on Wednesday, August 24 to hold a successful blood drive. A total of 20 pints of blood was collected in the New York Blood Center bus that was located at the Herricks Community Center.
Senator Martins held the blood drive in response to the need for blood during the summer months when not as much blood is collected. New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey alone, requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in its 200 partner New York and New Jersey hospitals. In fact, blood donations are even more needed during the summer months as many people go on vacation.
New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association President Michael Mastrianni visited the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters to thank Senator Jack M. Martins for recent legislation that was signed into law to create safer conditions for ambulance personnel.
Senator Martins sponsored legislation that gives ambulances and other emergency service vehicles the option of using rear projecting blue lights to prevent the possibility of being struck at night. Studies have shown that the blue light is the most noticeable light, and as a result, provides the highest level of safety.
It looks as if Hurricane Irene has Long Island squarely in its sights. I hear many people falsely claiming that “it can’t happen here.” The fact is Long Island juts out into the Atlantic and is thus very vulnerable to hurricanes. We’ve been hit several times by category three hurricanes that have done tremendous damage, even claiming lives. The best offense is a good defense so I’m sharing some tips below to help you prepare. If you have a vulnerable neighbor – a senior or someone with a disability – be sure to check on them before and after the storm. If anyone has questions or a special need, don’t hesitate to call Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-0636.
State Senator Jack M. Martins presented an official Senate Resolution recognizing the achievements of Gloria Ciolli of Roslyn for establishing an exemplary business.
Gloria was recently the recipient of the Sally Ann Slacke Memorial Award/Linda Jasper Memorial Award for developing an effective plan to help spark business growth within her company, Mediation & Collaborative Action Group, which she runs with Rita Medaglio-Barrera of Hauppauge.
Mediation & Collaborative Action Group specializes in effectively addressing and resolving family and business conflicts without threat of litigation through methods of mediation and collaboration.
Gloria is a licensed social worker and conflict specialist.
State Senator Jack M. Martins wants to let residents know that there The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced is a new $3 million rebate program specifically for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Sept. 2, 2011 under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
State Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents from school districts in the Seventh Senate District at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury to discuss the new teacher evaluations and the impact to the schools.
The new evaluations are tied to student performance on standardized tests and local tests. New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The new evaluations were designed by the State Board of Regents as part of the state’s application for the federal funds.
One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.
In an effort to help those looking for a new job, changing jobs or entering the workforce for the first time, State Senator Jack Martins and Nassau County Community College are sponsoring a “Job Resource Workshop” on September 17th at the Elmont Public Library Theatre and meeting rooms. The workshop and networking event is free and open to the public.
Registration for the workshop begins at 9:30am, classes proceed at 10am and complete at 1pm. A job resource networking social for participants will take place at 12:15 at the conclusion of the workshop. The Elmont Library is located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. Parking is available at the Library and the Alva T. Stanforth lot next door.
Senator Jack M. Martins took a special tour of Island Harvest’s new facility, located in Hauppauge. Island Harvest, a food bank for Long Island, dedicates itself to fighting hunger utilizing many programs including a food collection and distribution program, mobile food pantry, Operation: Hope, Summer Food Service Program, Kids Weekend Backpack Program, Nutrition Education Taskforce, Social Services Taskforce and the Job Training Program.
It is estimated that Long Island Harvest serves 283,700 Long Islanders per year. Island Harvest provides food to be distributed by numerous organizations in the Seventh Senate District including those in Elmont, Great Neck, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Port Washington, Roslyn Heights and Westbury.
New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities. Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS
The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following: