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.
In just a few months in Albany, we have made considerable progress in getting New York State back on track. When the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked together toward a common goal, we have seen that we are capable of making significant improvements in our State. This was the case in March when the Senate worked with the Governor on a state budget. Not only was this highly complex and contentious process completed on time, but more significantly, it represented a change from past practices that have repeatedly failed the residents of New York. We were able to successfully balance the State budget and close a $10 billion deficit while not raising any taxes or fees.
The New York State Senate approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.
“Our veterans have done so much to ensure our freedom. We need to make certain they receive the best care and support programs. I was proud to have supported this legislation,” said Senator Martins. “It’s an opportunity to show our veterans we will never forget the sacrifices they made for us.”
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the 86th Annual Installation Dinner Dance for the Floral Park Centre Fire Company.
Among the honorees were: Thomas Garland for 25 years of service; James Ficht and Thomas Freeman for 25 years of service; William Delgado, Leonard Garofalo, Thomas Garofalo and Kenneth Weigel for 20 years of service and Kevin Moon for five years of service.
Also, ex-chief John A. Brady received honors posthumously for his service to the company.
Senator Jack M. Martins is looking forwad to working with Winthrop University Hospital on the construction of the new Research Institute. The plan calls for the hospital to consolidate its medical research programs under one roof in a state-of-the-science facility.
Elmont Memorial High School sophomore Danny Augilo's had a game pitchers dream of. Against Hempstead, Aguilo threw a no-hitter while recording every out by strikeout for 21 total in the game. Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to recognize this amazing achievement.
Senator Martins recognized another Elmont Memorial High School Spartan in pitcher Enrique Sanchez, who also pitched a no-hitter.
The Elmont Memorial High School baseball team is not short on pitching - that's for sure!
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck to congratulate Jonathan Michael Nachman and Sarah Jamie Toledano for being named semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.
Jonathan’s project, “Green Micropatterning: Stamping Candida antarctica Lipase-B onto Poly(e-caprolactone),” focused on a green way to make a circuit board, using less dangerous chemicals.
Sarah’s project, “Strychnine Distinguishes between Two Populations of a1 Glyince Receptors in HEK Cells,” focused on distinguishing drugs based on their properties.
On Friday evening, May 6, Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scouts from Mineola Boy Scout Troop 45.
In its 90-year history, Troop 45 has a rich tradition of producing Eagle Scouts, which is the highest honor a scout can achieve. It takes years of dedication and commitment to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Vincent Buonincontro, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Nickolas D’Annunzio, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell joined the apex of scouting, making 122 Eagle Scout for Troop 45 including Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, who earned the rank in 1981.
On May 7, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Sands Point Preserve Wild West fundraiser at the Hempstead House to benefit the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. The honorees included Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Joseph McNulty as well as George "Butch" Starkie, mayor of the Village of Farmingdale and owner of Starkie Brothers Garden Center.
The mission of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is the preservation and protection of the magnificent structures and grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, to promote the Guggenheim Estate as a living museum focused on the preserve's rich history, natural habitats and the architectural features that enhance educational and cultural experiences for all who visit.
Leslyn Stewart’s life changed forever when her husband, New York City Police Officer Dillon Stewart, was fatally shot while trying to pull over a driver in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Though devastated, Ms. Stewart channeled her grief and turned it into something that would help others.
Ms. Stewart continues to honor her husband’s memory by being an active volunteer in promoting police safety. She served as an inspirational speaker and volunteer in the New York Police Department’s Brooklyn South Patrol Borough Base Training and as the Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Committee for the National Organization of Black Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) New York Chapter.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Apex housing complex in New Cassel. The complex consists of Apex I and Apex II, two buildings that were built in recent years by the Kimmel Housing Foundation to provide housing for senior citizens, workforce families and the physically challenged.
Senator Martins met with Kimmel Housing Foundation Chairman Howard B. Kimmel, President Roberta Treacy and Patricia Bourne, EVP, Planning. Among the topics discussed were opportunities for housing in downtown areas and the proposed Apex III for New Cassel.
Residents from the complex were then invited to ask Senator Martins questions. Representatives from the Kimmel Housing Foundation thanked Senator Martins for visiting and for speaking to the residents of the housing complex.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with Nassau Community College President Dr. Donald Astrab and Chuck Cutolo, director of government affairs for the college. Senator Martins spoke to Dr. Astrab about life at the college. Nassau offers students the opportunity to get a quality education for reasonable tuition rates.
In his latest legislative report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses a recent hearing on the MTA finances as well as a visit to the Henry Viscardi School and his participation in an economic development forum in Elmont.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson and, after taking a tour of the school, was surprised at a welcome assembly during which the students presented Senator Martins with a thank you card with their names and messages on it. One message stated, “Thank you for all your help. My future means a lot to me.”
During the state budget negotiations, there was a proposal that was part of the Governor’s Executive Budget to shift costs for 4201 schools, which include the Henry Viscardi School, onto local school districts, thereby practically eliminating funding for those schools. However, Senator Martins was able to work with his colleagues to restore the funding to 4201 schools.