Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored Kevin Klimas of New Hyde Park for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Senator Martins, along with Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara, attended the Court of Honor to personally congratulate Kevin, a member of Boy Scout Troop 298, on earning scouting’s highest honor.
“Only a select few become Eagle Scouts because it requires years of dedication, commitment, and service. Through countless hours of serving the community, developing his skills, and sheer hard work, Kevin has earned a place among Scouting’s elite. The entire community is very proud of Kevin and we congratulate him on earning this prestigious honor,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) is reminding residents that they can sign up to receive email and text messages from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) alerting them that their driver’s licenses, non-driver ID cards, registrations or inspections are due to expire.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Majority are calling for the complete abolishment of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in this year’s state budget.
The GEA was first imposed on New York schools in 2010, before Senator Martins was a member of the Senate, by former Governor David Paterson and the New York City Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly at the time. Senator Martins has continually opposed the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.
Join Senator Martins in fighting to restore aid to our schools which was cut by the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
The GEA was created in 2010 by the New York City Democrats who controlled all of state government at the time. It was a multi-billion dollar education aid cut which hurt students and schools, as well as raised the burden on already overtaxed residents.
Since taking office in 2011, Senator Martins has made eliminating the GEA a priority. Progress has been made in repealing it, but now we need to get rid of it once and for all.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for community parent education programs at the Manhasset Public Library.
The $5,000 in state funding will help Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), in partnership with the Manhasset Public Library, present its “Power of Parenting” series. The workshops, which will take place at the Manhasset Public Library, provide parents and caregivers with the skills, insight and knowledge they need to raise healthy youth in today’s world.
The “Power of Parenting” series includes the following programs:
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Carle Place High School to speak with 9th and 10th grade students.
Many of the students had written to Senator Martins expressing their opposition and concern to the proposed VLT facility at the former Fortunoff’s store. Rather than simply write them back, Senator Martins met with the students to talk about the issue, thank them for voicing their concerns, and tell them why it was so important to remain involved in the community.
Senator Martins is pictured speaking with Carle Place High School students during his recent visit to the school.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for new technology at the Port Washington Library.
The library will use the $25,000 in state funding to enhance customer services. The Library plans on redesigning the lobby to provide self-check technology to make it easier and quicker for patrons to check out materials. Additionally, the Library will provide a touch screen directory and map for easier access to its changing collections.
Just mention a tax break and New Yorkers’ eyes light up with sheer joy. You can’t blame us. We pay some of the highest property and personal income taxes in the country. That’s why Governor Cuomo’s most recent proposal for a nearly $1.7 billion tax credit known as a “circuit breaker” was initially met with such enthusiasm. I was initially enthusiastic about it too, but having examined it more closely, I’m afraid I have to throw a bit of cold water on what isn’t really a well-thought out plan.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of the Great Neck Chinese Association at their Chinese New Year Celebration. The event was held at Great Neck North High School.
The Great Neck Chinese Association is a nonprofit organization founded by parents in the Great Neck School District. The Association’s major goal is to share Chinese heritage while celebrating its partnership and participation in the Great Neck Community.
Senator Martins is pictured speaking with a local family at the Great Neck Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year Celebration.
Senator Martins discusses the upcoming February budget hearings, being appointed chair of the Labor Committee, property tax relief, education policy, and the Elmont community basketball clinic during this week's edition of "Your Voice." Click above to watch.
“Earlier today, Nassau OTB officially abandoned its plan to put a VLT facility at the former Fortunoff’s Store in Westbury.
This is welcome news for all of us who have spent the last several weeks telling OTB that a VLT facility does not belong at this site. It is too close to our homes, our schools, and it would have a negative impact on the community.
I thank OTB for finally listening to the thousands of residents, community leaders, and elected officials who voiced their concerns and abandoning its plan.”
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for new electronic resources at the Shelter Rock Public Library.
The Library is using the $25,000 in state funding to purchase subscriptions for programs that will enhance services for residents. Using the subscriptions, patrons will have access to a wide variety of downloadable music and e-books.
“The Shelter Rock Public Library provides a wealth of programs, services, and resources for residents. This funding will allow the Library to deliver even more services to residents, and I’m pleased to support their efforts,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest reader to students at Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset.
Senator Martins took part in the school’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Read” program, an annual event where community members read to children. As per tradition, students do not know who their class’ guest reader will be until he or she walks into the classroom, helping to get them even more excited about the event.
Senator Martins is pictured reading to students in Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Meyers’ first grade class at Munsey Park Elementary School.
"For weeks we have been telling OTB that Fortunoff's is the wrong place for a VLT facility, period. It's too close to our homes, to our schools, and has no place in our community. The entire community, its elected officials, and leaders stand united in opposition. The Town of Hempstead has confirmed what everyone outside of OTB has known all along; that this facility is too close to our homes. OTB needs to listen to the community and walk away."
For the third time in the past year, I joined the overwhelming majority of my Senate colleagues in, once again, voting for a series of women’s equality bills that fight discrimination in our laws, ensure equal pay for equal work, and assist women who are victims of human trafficking, violence, and harassment. These are great bills that would do a great deal to address the inequality plaguing so many women in our society. So, with each of these bills having passed the Senate, the question remains, where is the Assembly?
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has been appointed Chairman of the Senate’s Labor Committee.
The Senate Committee on Labor addresses issues arising under Employers’ Liability Law, Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation Law. Senator Martins was appointed Chairman by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos.
“Governor Cuomo’s State of the State continues to place an important focus on what I believe are the key priorities that have helped put New York State back in the right direction: cutting taxes, controlling state spending, and growing our economy.
Working together in a bipartisan manner over the last four years, we’ve achieved some great things: the lowest income tax and business tax rates in decades, a functioning and fiscally responsible state government, a much improved business climate, and smart investments in economic development, infrastructure, and education. The Governor stated that we must 'keep doing what we’ve been doing,' and I completely agree.
I grew up in what can only be described as a blue collar household, in a community where a premium was placed on hard work, self sufficiency, and respecting authority in all forms - parents, teachers, elders, and the police. There was no backtalk or mouthing off and certainly no attacking those in authority. It wasn't even imaginable.