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Senator Martins Discusses Healthcare With Student Health Center Advocates

State Senator Jack M. Martins met with students from throughout the 7th Senate District, including Elmont, Hempstead, Bellerose Terrace, Westbury, South Floral Park and New Cassell, to discuss school-based health centers. The group of high school seniors met with Senator Martins to advocate for preventative and basic health care coverage for young people who do not have health care coverage. Winthrop University Hospital currently funds the program that provides primary care services to young people.

February 10, 2011
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Joint Statement By Senators Jack M. Martins and Lee M. Zeldin

“Since before we came into office on January 1st, 2011, we have had to contend, on an almost daily basis, with inquiries about state government funding which our predecessors promised local governments and non-profit agencies in our districts during this past year.

February 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks at Program Dedication Ceremony For Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

State Senator Jack Martins offered comments and program insight at a dedication program at the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center this past Sunday, Feb. 6. The program, “These are My People,” discussed the selfless acts of Aristedes de Sousa Mendes during World War II. Mendes spearheaded a visa operation which resulted in the saving of 30,000 refugees from Nazi oppression during the invasion of France during World War II.

The event featured Senator Martins, Portugese Ambassador Jao Maria Cabral, Congressman Steve Israel, Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper, Yad Vashem Director of the Righteous Dr. Mordechai Paldiel and Luis Pires of Luso-Americano Newspaper.

February 9, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Martins

It’s been an historic week in Albany from the perspective that our state government is at last bringing tax relief to our residents. I was pleased to have voted along with my colleagues on a 2 percent tax cap to be imposed on local government. This will help to ensure that our residents will not be saddled with heavy tax increases that will drive them from their homes. The taxpayers have clearly spoken and we are listening.

The tax cap has been passed by the Senate and is supported by Governor Cuomo. We now need the Assembly to pass this legislation to begin the process of easing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report

In Senator Jack M. Martins' latest legislative report, he talks about the tax cap imposed to ease the property tax burden on New Yorkers as well as legislation he is working on.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Uncovers Unfair Practice by the MTA

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins last week uncovered an unfair practice engaged in by the MTA. Beginning December 30, in order to get a refund on a train ticket that is not used, a customer must pay a $10 “processing fee.” In many instances, the fee is more expensive than the ticket.

“I am appalled that the MTA is unwilling to give customers refunds by charging them a fee. Customers who purchase a ticket but don’t use the service should be able to get a refund on their money. It’s common sense,” said Senator Martins.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Discusses Issues With Elmont Community Leaders

State Senator Jack Martins met with Elmont leaders today in an ongoing and consistent discussion about issues and challenges facing the greater community. Economic development, pension reform, education and creating jobs were a main thrust of the discussion.

February 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Committee on Local GovernmentJack M. MartinsTuesday, February 8th, 2011 9:00am123 CAP

February 8, 9:00 AM - 9:11 AM
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February 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Local Government Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Local Government Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Room 124 CAP

January 25, 9:00 AM - 9:17 AM
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Senator Martins Meets With Fire Chiefs From the 7th Senate District

State Senator Jack M. Martins met with the fire chiefs from the departments in the 7th Senate District in an effort to listen to their concerns.

February 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Fire Chiefs From the 7th Senate District

As part of his district tour and meetings with community groups and stakeholders throughout the 7th Senate district, State Senator Jack M. Martins met today with Fire Chiefs to discuss community issues, state funding and mandate relief. The meeting centered around composing strategies to help volunteer firefighters and emergency responders. Fire Chiefs from throughout the 7th Senate District, from Franklin Square to Port Washington, came together at the Mineola Fire Department to talk and work pro-actively together.

February 3, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report

Watch Senator Jack M. Martins gives an update on his exciting first month in office, where he has been busy in Albany as well as in the 7th Senate District.

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
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HEAP May Help You Pay For Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal and Other Heating Fuels

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. The regular benefit component of the 2010-2011 HEAP season is open, effective November 1, 2010.

How to Apply for HEAP:

Seniors (age 60 and over) and persons who are permanently disabled may apply by mail to:

Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs

60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd

2nd Floor North Entrance

Uniondale, NY 11553

Phone 516-227-7386

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Reads to Students at the Manorhaven School

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) recently visited the Manorhaven Elementary School in the Port Washington School District to participate in the Manorhaven Read Aloud 2011.

Senator Martins read, “Testing the Ice” by Sharon Robinson to the students and also met with Port Washington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon.

“Testing the Ice” is a book about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, written by his daughter Sharon. Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He faced adversity and displayed courage in overcoming the challenges he faced and paved the way for the integration of Major League Baseball, showing that baseball should not be segregated.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Great Neck Kiwanis Charter Ceremony

State Senator Jack M. Martins attended the chartering of the Great Neck Kiwanis on January 30. The club celebrated it’s inauguration with a special meeting, presentation of charter and dinner to commemorate the event.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins' Statement on the Governor's 2011-2012 Executive Budget

The Governor’s budget is a very sober assessment of the state of New York’s finances. I’m pleased that he has recognized the seriousness of our budget problem. I’m also glad to see that his answer is to not tax his way out of the recession.

Having said that, I am very concerned over some of the specific cuts to the 7th Senate District. On the face of it, our schools, hospitals and local governments are looking at devastating hits that will have a profound impact on families in the communities I represent. Right now, we have schools who may have to do away with local diplomas and have already cut Summer School and critical programming to our young people. These are real issues that have consequences.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About the Tax Cap Legislation Passed by the Senate

Senator Jack M. Martins supported legislation calling for a tax cap to bring relief to taxpayers in the 7th Senate District.

January 31, 2011
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Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that places a cap on the growth of school and local government property tax levies at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes. In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

January 31, 2011
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