Senator Jack M. Martins was hosted by over 100 hundred students in a "Town Hall"-style listen session at Sewanhaka High School. The forum was an outgrowth of a social studies assignment in the class of Diane Ondris where students wrote hundreds of letters to the Senator on issues of the day. Senator Martins replied to the questions and mailed each student a letter with a response.
In recognition of the school’s outstanding work, Senator Martins came to Sewanhaka High School, where Elmont, Stewart Manor, South Floral Park and Floral Park students got to ask questions to their State Senator.
In his latest Legislative Report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the tax cap, the Mock Trial at the Manorhaven School, International Night at Elmont Memorial High School, the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce and mobile office hours.
For years, some of the residents on the east end of the Village of Mineola as well Carle Place have had to deal with flooding on their streets during rain storms. When he served as Mayor of Mineola, Jack M. Martins set out to solve the problem, which had been plaguing those streets for years.
Martins called together a meeting with Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and County Executive Ed Mangano. In order to solve the problem, the Village of Mineola agreed to reconfigure a catch basin to handle more storm water flow. The county agreed to build a bypass for water going south on Sheridan Boulevard toward the catch basin to reduce the amount of storm water that goes to Bruce Terrace, one of the streets suffering from the flooding, and the surrounding areas.
At a Woman of Distinction ceremony at the State Capitol, Senator Jack M. Martins honored Leslyn Stewart of Elmont as the Woman of Distinction for the 7th Senate District. Mrs. Stewart's husband, a New York City Police office, was killed in the line of duty. She has now become a spokeswoman for police safety.
The 21st annual South Floral Park “Armed Forces Day” was celebrated this past Saturday under sunny skies and a large crowd in front of South Floral Park Village Hall. The day is dedicated to the brave men and women who so proudly serve in our Armed Forces in the United States. Mayor Geoffrey Prime and Village Trustee George Ingram welcomed State Senator Jack M. Martins, who was tapped by village officials to serve as keynote speaker for event.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Eden II Genesis School in Plainview for individuals with Autism. The Eden II Genesis program has been a leader in the intervention and education of invididuals with Autism for over 30 years. The satellite school in Plainview opened in September 1995.
The school offers speach therapy and adaptive physical education per IEP mandates. As children age of the education system, they enter the Adult Day Hab program, which focuses on community integration, increasing independence and activities of daily living, socialization and developing and enhancing skill acquisition at various job sites.
Hundreds of students and community members jammed Elmont Memorial High School’s gymnasium this past Friday evening to celebrate “International Night!“ The evening is a celebration of community, diversity and culture. From the shores of Jamaica and Haiti to India, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Barbados, Mexico and everywhere in between, food, fun and fashion ruled the evening. Senator Jack M. Martins was invited to the celebration and was welcomed to the evening of culture by Principal John Capozzi and students led by Kyle Johnson, Candice Chatterpaul, Ben Odugbesan, Elijah Ross and organizers.
Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont Eagle Scout Antonio Pereira during an Eagle Court of Honor at the American Legion. Senator Martins was joined by Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare, Elmont VFW member Richard Gales, Justice Robert Bogle, Assistant Commissioner of the Theodore Roosevelt Boy Scouts Donna Jean Serra of Elmont, Assemblyman Ra, Robert Becker of Boy Scouts, Cheryl Tansey, Committee Chair of Crew 116 and Boy Scouts from throughout the Elmont, North Valley Stream and South Floral Park communities.
A classroom in the Manorhaven School in Port Washington served as a court room on Friday, May 20 as the fifth grade Manorhaven Mock Trial Team conducted a civil trial complete with witnesses, exhibits and complete New York State Civil Procedure.
The case involved a woman, Jo Moncrieff, who was denied a position as a news field producer for a television station. The Plaintiff Team argued that the woman was the best qualified candidate but was denied the position because she is in a wheel-chair and was thus discriminated against. The Defense Team argued that the woman was not the best qualified candidate since the position of in-field news producer required the candidate to be able to get around quickly.
Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Floral Park as part of his community listening tour. The Floral Park Library was the scene for the latest installment of Martins’ community-based listening sessions where residents can discuss issues, concerns and ideas in a free-flowing discussion. The Floral Park session saw a steady stream of community members drop by to talk to the Senator. “I was very pleased with the turn-out and happy with the thoughtfulness of the questions and discussion surrounding the issues,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins dropped by the Elmont Soccer Club to catch a game and root-on some of Elmont's "great" soccer stars. Elmont Soccer President Richard "Kiki" DeBrosse welcomed Senator Martins to the game and introduced him to parents, soccer players and community members throughout the game.
"This is the second time I've come by Elmont Soccer this month. The first time I was able to check out the practices and see our young people learning the fundamentals. Today, I got to see their skills in action. It was a great game and I congratulate Elmont on their win. I also want to thank the parents, Kiki and the kids for their warm hospitality," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins was welcomed by the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce at recent Thursday morning breakfast meeting at the Inn of Great Neck, where he answered numerous questions from chamber members.
Having taken office as Senator of the Seventh Senate District this past January, Martins is making his way around the district on days he isn’t in Albany to discuss both local and state issues with the residents, elected officials and businesses owners of the community.
Senator Martins was introduced by Great Neck Chamber of Commerce President Valerie Link of Anton Community Newspapers. He kept his initial comments brief, speaking about the importance of local governments such as villages, so that chamber members would have the opportunity to ask questions.
I would like to thank the students in the Seventh Senate District for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”Please click the participating school to view contest submissions:St.
Senator Jack M. Martins and his Senate colleagues from Long Island made a push to get the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap as a means to bring property tax relief to Long Island families at a press conference on Thursday. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a proponent of the cap, which was already passed by the Senate. The bill just needs approval from the Assembly to become law.
Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to honor Golden Gloves boxing champion Herve Duroseau of Elmont on the floor of the New York State Senate. Herve was in Albany to receive congratulations on his tremendous accomplishment.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited Barry Tech in Westbury recently to learn about the programs offered to the students. The Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Center allows students to learn skills to enhance their high school experience. The school, which is a part of Nassau BOCES, prepares juniors and seniors for college and for the workforce by providing them with specialized training in a vast array of fields.
Senator Martins toured the school, visiting the cosmetology, graphic design, television, cooking, veterinary science, welding, piloting and forensic science classes.
The New York State Senate today passed with wide bi-partisan support Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.