I couldn’t wait to sit down and pen this column, and to be frank, I wasn’t sure the day would ever come. The subject is a tax cut for the middle class, an issue discussed relentlessly by politicians, but one that has proven to be a rare and elusive animal in the world of real policy. Now, after over fifty years of increased New York State income taxes, it became a reality this past week in Albany.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the Gregg Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament at Elmont Memorial High School this past weekend. The tournament is held in memory of Petrocelli, a coach and well respected guidance counselor at Elmont Memorial High School. The tournament hosts basketball games all day and celebrates the memory of Petrocelli who was know to a man where "everything he touched, he changed" positively for people. Senator Martins attended both classic basketball games featuring the Elmont Spartans, H. Frank Carey Seahawks and the Freeport Red Devils. "The Petrocelli Classic is a day where we remember a great educator, coach, father figure and man who inspired many young people in Elmont.
State Senator Jack Martins participated in the St. Vincent DePaul Boy Scout Advancement Ceremony for Boy Scouts this past week. The members of the troop are from the Elmont and Franklin Square communities. Troop Leader Anthony Maffea invited Senator Martins to participate in the ceremony and participate in the "Board of Review." "I want to congratulate Anthony Maffea Jr, Wade Goldblum, Nicholas Bentivenga and Vincent Gatto on advancing to 1st Class Boy Scouts! It was an honor to serve on the Board of Review and participate in this very special ceremony," said Senator Martins.
Extensive Bill Signed by Senate, Assembly and Governor Will Amend Tax Code, Cut MTA Payroll Tax
Along with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly, the New York Senate today passed an historic Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that reduces the state tax burden for millions of New Yorkers to their lowest levels in more than fifty years. The far-ranging plan also strengthens our economy and creates jobs by eliminating the MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of employers that currently pay it, provides funds for state infrastructure projects and tax credits for youth employment. The plan provides a total $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.
State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont at the invitation of the Elmont Soccer Club on the occasion of their annual Soccer breakfast held at Applebees Restaurant. The fundraiser for the Soccer Club was sold out with hundreds of Elmont Soccer stars and community residents gathered to celebrate the success of the club. Senator Martins called the breakfast “an outstanding show of community support for Elmont’s young people.”
Senator Jack M. Martins invited his colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Carl Marcellino, for a visit to the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson. The purpose of the visit was for the Senators see the great work that the school does in providing a top-notch education with students who have a disability.
The Henry Viscardi School is one of the true treasures of education. The staff creates a learning and caring environment for all students. I share the school's belief in educational opportunities for all. Students do not let any disabillity stop them from reaching their goals and being successful in their academics and extra-curricular activities. They are a source of inspiration and I am proud to represent them in the New York State Senate."
For over a decade, Village of Thomaston Mayor Robert Stern has been trying to have the century-old Colonial Road Bridge rebuilt. It seems Mayor Stern’s diligence has paid off. In a meeting at the District Office of State Senator Jack M. Martins between Mayor Stern, Long Island Railroad (LIRR) President Helena Williams, and Senator Martins, the railroad unveiled plans for a bridge that will replace the existing one that is over 100 years old.
The project entails extending an existing pocket track in Thomaston and rebuilding the bridge as the railroad and Mayor Stern came to an agreement over the design of the bridge. The mayor had expressed concerns over the potential impact to the community over extending the pocket tracks.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Village of Mineola Christmas Tree lighting on a recent Friday night, where he was greeted by friends from the village. Senator Martins was the village mayor for eight years. Current Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss wished everyone a joyous holiday season. Tony Lubrano from Piccola Bussola Restaurant gave out free hot chocolate as everyone waited for Santa Claus to show up. The Mineola Fire Department made sure Santa has a safe passage to village hall.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation in Port Washington and met with co-founder Stella Spanakos and director of development Nicole Sugrue to congratulate them on the opening of the center, which offers educational workshops and vocational training.
“I applaud the efforts of the Spectrum Designs Foundation and Nicholas Center for Autism. There are many families that are affected by Autism and dedicated educators ensure that those who fall within the spectrum receive the quality attention they deserve,” Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington to spend some time with the sixth grade students. The Vincent Smith School is a premier private school that serves the needs of various communities with its commitment to providing outstanding education with a supportive and nurturing setting.
“The Vincent Smith School does an outstanding job in providing a well-rounded education,” said Senator Martins. “The school also provides a nurturing environment in which the students can succeed.”
State Senator Jack Martins visited the Elmont Autism Academy at the Clara H. Carlson to honor Barbara Schwarz, the founder of the program at the Elmont Union Free School District this past week. The surprise presentation was put together by students, teachers, Mr. Harper and Senator Martins. "When Mr. Harper mentioned to me that he wanted to recognize Barbara for her work with the Academy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to thank her for developing the program into such a wonderful place of learning," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins was at Winthrop University Hospital to join the hospital in announcing that Stony Brook University School of Medicine has designated the hospital as a clinical campus. The affiliation will expand educational opportunities available to Stony Brook medical students and further Stony Brook's sharing of its teaching faculty expertise at Winthrop. Having students in patient care settings enhances the academic nature of the enterprise and may add to the medical services provided to Long Island patients.
"This partnership provides opportunities for medical students and will further enhance medical education here on Long Island," Senator Martins said.
State Senator Jack Martins dropped by Dutch Broadway School in Elmont to swear-in the new Student President Nolan Alexandre-Baker. Nolan won the student election held at the school the previous week during a special Assembly where candidates gave speeches and students voted. Senator Martins congratulated the candidates and took the opportunity to swear-in Nolan for his term in front of sixth graders in Mr. Verde's class.
Senator Jack Martins hosted a day of fun and exercise at the Dutch Broadway School. The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament was open to students from 5th grade through college. This year there was also a soccer clinic. And high school and college kids were able to participate in 7-on-7 football games.