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Senator Jack M. Martins Football Tournament Scores in Elmont

One of the great attractions at the 3on3 Basketball Tournament held on July 16th was the 1st annual "Senator Jack M. Martins 7on7 Football Tournament" for college and high school students. The chairperson for the tournament was Elmont resident Donald Pierre-Louis who worked overtime to make the tournament a huge success. Football stars from Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park, North Valley Stream and New Hyde Park participated in the games.

July 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Cancer Research Fundraiser in Elmont

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Elmont to support a cancer research fundraising effort at Averill Park in the form of a Street Hockey Marathon! The 3rd annual hockey marathon is entitled "Playing for a Cure." Young people and adults throughout Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and South Floral Park play hockey and raise money for cancer reasearch for charities like 1 in 9. Senator Martins was joined by 1 in 9 Director Gerri Barash and hundreds of local Elmont residents in the effort.

"This is a great cause and it's a lot of fun," said Senator Martins. "I'm very proud to have supported the effort and to cheer on our Elmont hockey players!"

July 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Tours Great Neck Water Pollution Treatment Facility

Senator Jack M. Martins was in Great Neck to tour the Great Neck Water Pollution District. Senator Martins received an up-close look at the district’s new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. The facility is currently under construction as is undergoing an upgrade and expansion.

The upgrade and expansion of the District’s Wastewater Treatment Facility is expected to yield significant water quality and other environmental benefits to the waters and coastal areas of both Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound.

The construction of the new facility, which started in 2010, will be fully completed December 14, 2013. The District’s facility will be meeting all required guidelines and regulations by the June 14, 2014 deadline.

July 25, 2011
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3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Captures Spirit of Community in Elmont

On Saturday, July 16, the Elmont community came together for the annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at the Dutch Broadway School. The tournament was a resounding success as volunteers made the day fun for all the participants. The event was sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos. Watch the highlights here!

July 22, 2011
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Air Conditioners Available for Low Income New Yorkers

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner/CEO Darryl C. Towns announced assistance for low-income New Yorkers whose health issues pose a medical emergency during the extended period of hot weather forecast for the state in the comingdays.

New York State has set aside $3 million in funding through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that will provide air conditioning units for more than 3,700 households.

Eligibility for the program is determined by:

1) LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $48,000.)

July 22, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Ambulances Becomes Law

A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to give ambulances and other emergency vehicles better protection was signed into law. The bill legislation gives ambulances and other emergency service vehicles the option of using rear projecting blue lights to prevent the possibility of being struck at night.

Previous law allowed for blue lights to be affixed to police and fire vehicles. Senator Martins’ bill gives ambulances the same protection by allowing ambulances to be equipped with blue lights so that emergency service vehicles that are responding can easily be seen. Studies have shown that the blue light is the most noticeable light, and as a result, provides the highest level of safety.

July 20, 2011
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New Law Strengthens Ban on Texting While Driving

New legislation is now in effect in New York State that strengthens the enforcement against drivers who use handheld electronic to text while driving. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new law makes texting while driving a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity.  

Before this law, it was illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle was in motion, but it was a secondary traffic offense -- meaning a driver had to be stopped for another violation in order to receive a ticket.

July 20, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

What a Difference a Year Makes

When I write these columns, I find it helpful to think about the friends and neighbors that I’ve met throughout our district. I envision this column as sitting together over a weekly cup of coffee and having a healthy, steady exchange about what’s happening in Albany. To be sure, so much of what I have carried upstate about good governance was born of these everyday sessions. Sharing this particular week’s column is indeed a pleasure.

July 19, 2011
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Elmont Shines Again During 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Dutch Broadway School

It was 7 a.m. Saturday at Dutch Broadway School, where over 200 volunteers were putting up banners, assembling tents, setting up hoops and putting the finishing touches on the 2011 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Months of preparation, that began this past February, were being executed by high school and college students with precision and efficiency that local civic leaders marveled at. “This is what Elmont is all about,” said Tournament Sponsor, Senator Jack M. Martins.

July 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Nick Ruscillo on His Acceptance to SUNY Maritime

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Nick Ruscillo for his acceptance to SUNY Maritime College. The Carle Place resident was nominated by Senator Martins for the Cadet Appointment Program. The program allows elected officials to nominate candidates for a full tuition scholarship.

“Nick is a terrific young man. He has a bright future and I was proud to nominate him for the Cadet Appointment Program. He has a great upbringing, which is a credit to his parents, and I am certain he will succeed at SUNY Maritime,” Senator Martins said. “I congratulate and commend him.”

July 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Spends Afternoon With Gloria Dei Independent Seniors of New Hyde Park

On Tuesday afternoon, July 12, Senator Jack M. Martins spent the afternoon with the Gloria Dei Independent Seniors of New Hyde Park at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

The group meets every Tuesday for a luncheon and to discuss issues that are important to seniors and the community. Senator Martins was happy to visit and to discuss this past Legislative session Albany.

July 13, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Children Signed Into Law

A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that requires camp operators to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment has been signed into law by the Governor.

The previous law stated that camp directors are only required to report abuse or maltreatment to the Department of Health when the abuse or maltreatment occurs at the camp. The camp director is not obligated to report abuse or maltreatment that occurs outside the camp. Should they choose to contact the proper authorities, the camp director could have been subject to civil liability such as slander and defamation.

July 12, 2011
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Elmont Basketball Tournament Set For Saturday

Final preparations for the annual 3-on-3 Basketball tournament being held at Elmont’s Dutch Broadway School on Saturday, July 16th have kicked into high gear. The site of the tourney is Dutch Broadway School which is located at 1880 Dutch Broadway, Elmont. The raindate for the tournament is Sunday, July 17th. Tournament organizers are very excited over community support and the response of teams entering into the contests. The tournament is played in memory of David Dangerfield a fallen NYC firefighter whose work within the community in sports and education was widely respected.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About Legislative Session

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about the legislative session in Albany during which there were many accomplishments.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About Basketball Tournament

Senator Martins spoke about the basketball tournament in Elmont on July 16.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Tenants of 1111 Marcus Avenue for Generous Donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation

On June 1, George Mullen, General Manager, Winthrop Management of 1111 Marcus Avenue, presented a check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Metro New York for $15,000. The money was raised between April 26 and May 26 when 1111 Marcus Avenue participated in their first Jeans for Wishes campaign benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. Jeans for Wishes is a charitable campaign and fundraiser that invites companies, organizations and schools to join together and wear jeans to raise funds to help make wishes come true for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions living in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County. The tenants of 1111 Marcus Avenue who participated in the campaign helped make dreams come true for these children.

July 5, 2011
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Historic Property Tax Cap Signed Into Law

Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues from Long Island joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo in Lynbrook for the historic signing of the tax cap legislation. The new law limits the tax levy growth to two percent or the annual increase in the CPI, whichever is less.

July 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Elmont Farmer's Market

The Elmont Farmer's market opened this past Thursday at the Alva T. Stanforth Parking lot located next to the Elmont Public Library. Elmont residents streamed into the market to purchase fruits, vegetables, plants, juices, breads, fish and baked goods. State Senator Jack Martins attended the opening of the market and met with residents. "Today's opening of the Farmer's Market in Elmont was truly sensational. This would never have happened without the work and vision of Muzzio Tallini and the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Elmont community. The quality selection of food was terrific and won rave reviews. I bought some strawberries, vegetables and juice and will be back for more!

July 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins with Governor Cuomo For Historic Property Tax Cap Law Signing

Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues from Long Island joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo in Lynbrook for the historic signing of the tax cap legislation. The new law limits the tax levy growth to two percent or the annual increase in the CPI, whichever is less.

June 30, 2011
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Senator Martins Fights for Mandate Relief to Accompany Tax Cap

On Friday night, June 24, the New York State Senate passed landmark legislation that was negotiated between the Senate, Assembly and the Governor. The new law will call for a 2 percent tax cap on municipalities and school districts to ease the property tax burden for taxpayers across the state. A significant part of the legislation was mandate relief that Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, fought to include as part of the tax cap bill.

Mandates handed down from the state on school districts and local governments, which are not funded by the state, are ultimately passed on to the taxpayers. Easing some of these burdens will help bring tax relief to Long Island property owners.

June 29, 2011
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