It was an afternoon of pizza and politics at The Wheatley School as Senator Jack M. Martins visited the high school to have pizza and discuss politics with the student government. The students and Senator Martins had a discussion on a multitude of issues from healthcare to the environment to the state budget.
Some students were concerned about negative impacts to the environment as Senator Martins discussed hydro fracking, a process that is being considered to extract natural gas from shale upstate. Although proponents bring up the potential economic benefits of the process, Senator Martins shares the concerns of many community members who are worried about a potential negative impact to the drinking water.
Senator Jack M. Martins announced today that he will be hosting his 1st annual “Athletic, Health and Fitness Clinic” at Elmont’s Valencia Gym on Saturday, October 15. The clinic runs from 10am until 4pm and will service people of all ages for free. The program is another community outreach initiative by Senator Martins promoting quality of life issues and health lifestyle choices.
“The clinic is going to have countless classes aimed for high school students, college age, seniors and everyone in between,” said Senator Martins adding, “dietary choices, fitness, healthy lifestyles and workout sessions will be offered. There will also be special athletic boot camps, bodybuilding, fitness training for all ages and much more.”
Senator Jack M. Martins, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth joined together with Robin Schneider of the Eden Genesis Program to promote the upcoming 4th Annual Blazing Trails 4-Autism Four-Mile Run/Walk.
The run/walk will take place on Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m. with the start and finish at Great Neck South High School, located at 341 Lakeville Road in Great Neck. Proceeds will go to the Eden II and Genesis Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives.
I say I have an “enthusiasm for efficiency.” My wife says I just love saving money. Either way, this desire to find savings in government spending can sometimes be stifling.
That’s because, as we work to improve policies that may be harmful or burdensome to our taxpayers and constituents, we often encounter entrenched interests determined to make it difficult every step of the way. Yet, every once in a while, common sense makes a comeback and those moments are what make my service to you very satisfying.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Village of Floral Park on Saturday, October 1 to pay tribute to the Floral Park residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The ceremony marked an historic moment in the Village of Floral since a monument was unveiled, featuring a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The monument is located in front of Floral Park Village Hall.
The September 11th Families Association began taking requests from organizations interested in obtaining steel artifacts from the World Trade Center. Floral Park Firefighters Eric O’Connor and Mike Saville submitted a letter requesting an artifact. The Floral Park Fire Department was later notified that the village had been awarded a beam.
That's the question sixth grade students are asked to answer in Senator Jack M. Martins 2011 Sixth Grade Thanksgiving Essay Contest.
All sixth grade students in the Seventh Senate District are invited to participate by writing an essay of no more than 250 words about what you are most thankful for. There will be a winner selected from every school in the Seventh Senate District. Each winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and an invitation to a special reception!
Funding is still available through New York State’s Storm Relief Appliance Rebate Program, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In addition, if the FEMA or insurance award does not cover the entire cost of the replacement of eligible appliances or equipment, residents can apply for the NYSERDA rebate, as long as the two payments together do not exceed the cost of the replacement.
Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a press conference at the new Hofstra University Medical School to encourage job growth in the biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing field.
The press conference focused on a report by the Public Policy Institute, the research arm of The Business Council of New York State, entitled New York Must Step Up Its Game: The Global Struggle for Biopharmaceutical Jobs. The report points out that there is job growth potential is the area of biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing and New York has to encourage it in its state or risk companies locating in other regions in the country and overseas.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a Senate Hearing, held by the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, on Public-Private Partnerships to fund transportation infrastructure projects in New York State.
Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are contractual agreements formed between a public agency and a private sector entity to finance the construction, maintenance and operation of transportation infrastructure projects. Given that the costs of needed infrastructure upgrades is outpacing traditional funding sources, New York State is exploring how to utilize P3s to repair and improve its transportation system.
State Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited Westbury High School to speak with students about the life in the New York State Senate. With the Legislature between sessions, Senator Martins has the opportunity to visit schools, meet with students and answer any questions they may have about state government.
“It’s a pleasure visiting with the students at Westbury High Schools. They help me in my job since I am able to gain some insight into what our high school students feel is important. I want to thank Principal Arias for having me. I look forward to visiting again.” Said Senator Martins.
Government efficiency – for most of us those two words don’t go together. We usually hear about government’s inefficiency. For example, there was the spring report that revealed New York State has an incredible 1,719 vendors that all provide it with pens, paper and paper clips. Or just this past week we heard about Solyndra, the solar panel company that took $535 million in federally guaranteed loans and then went belly-up. (There will be investigations and noise on Capitol Hill but the money will never be recouped.) Whatever the case, it’s enough to infuriate taxpayers and shake their faith in government but it is also what motivated me to enter public service.
The Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, in cooperation with the Manhasset-Lakeville and Plandome Fire Departments, presented a wellness fair on Monday, September 19 to promote health and wellness in the community. The fair was successful in its mission of providing the community with information to promote healthy living.
In order to kickoff the fair, the Pink Heals pink fire truck arrived all the way from Arizona. Pink Heals is a non-profit organizations that travels across the country the empower citizens in the right against breast cancer.
On Saturday morning, September 24, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a car seat safety day in Wilson Park in Mineola. New York State Troopers were on hand to correctly install car safety seats in the back seats of vehicles and provided ones to those who didn't have them. Over 20 vehicles came to be fitted properly.
"It's so important that we do as much as we can to maximize the safety of children riding in the back seats of motor vehicles. I want to thank the parents and grandparents who came out for this important measure. I also want to thank the State Troopers for their time and exptertise," Senator Martins said. "Anything we can do to promote safety is well worth the time and effort."
Senator Martins Stresses the Need to Work with Local Governments in the Future
The Senate Standing Commitee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino, held a hearing on LIPA’s response to the Irene and the efforts to restore power to communities that lost power during the storm.
On Saturday, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Pride in Port parade, which ran along Main Street from Belleview Avenue to Schreiber High School. The parade was part of Pride in Port, which also featured the Hall of Fame Breakfast, the senior luncheon, Family Fun Day, the football game between Schreiber High School and Uniondale and the community dinner dance.
At the Hall of Fame Breakfast, six deserving individuals were inducted into the Schreiber Athletics Hall of Fame. They are: Carole Dunnels Miller, Margaret Garofalo Tomic, Joseph Marra, Elizabeth Nicholson Delan, Michael Ragusa and Lawrence Zaccherio.
I want to thank you for the feedback I received on last week’s column in which I shared some thoughts about the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Many of you were as astonished as I was to learn that the events of day are not part of our state’s education curriculum, consequently leaving our young people asking questions that no one answers. We tell them to “Never forget,” but don’t bother explaining what it is we’re asking them to remember.
Understandably, part of your reaction was “Are we doing something about it?”
Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Mansion Village Club of Sands Point on Sunday to support the Friends of Port Rowing for the launch of the fall season. Friend of Port Rowing was established in 2010 in Port Washington to support rowing in the surrounding waters.
Friends of Port Rowing supports the sport of rowing through teamwork and competitive spirit. With 125 members who are in seventh to 12th grade, Port Rowing has certainly found its niche in the community by giving those who are interested in the sport an opportunity to continue to participate in it.
On Sunday, September 18, Senator Jack M. Martins was among those who enjoyed the Williston Park Street Fair. The fair is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons and features numerous vendors, representing Williston Park's vibrant business district. Community members also spent the Sunday afternoon on Willis Avenue to enjoy the warm, late summer day.
Senator Jack Martins “Job Resource Workshop” hosted over 400 community members from Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square and communities throughout the area this past Saturday. The workshop was developed, according to Martins, “to give people the tools and cutting edge strategies that will give them the edge when they are applying for and interviewing for a job.“