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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Are we Making the Grade?

The new school year is well underway now.

I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books, and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.

September 17, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS WILLISTON PARK STREET FAIR

Senator Jack M. Martins was in Williston Park on a recent sunny Sunday for the Williston Park Street Fair. Residents, business and organizations were out in full force as the community celebrated this annual event that features the best of Williston Park. Senator Martins greeted many of his friends from the community on Hillside Avenue. 

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH ELMONT SUPERINTENDENT AL HARPER

Senator Jack M. Martins has been meeting with superintendents of schools from across the Seventh Senate  District to discuss educational issues unique to each school district. These discussions give Senator Martins an understanding of each schoo district's needs which he brings me him to Albany as he advocates for our children's education. 

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST FREE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN SEPTEMBER 24

Senator Martins will be hosting a free seminar on the legal and financial preparations parents of special needs children can make to safeguard their assets while securing benefits and services for their children.

 

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501.

 

Disabilities experts, attorney Andrew Cohen and financial advisor Mitch Weisbrot will speak on the legal and financial protections parents should have especially as their special needs children age.

 

Topics to be discussed include:

* Government benefits for individuals with disabilities

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOST FREE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN SEPTEMBER 24

Senator Martins will be hosting a free seminar on the legal and financial preparations parents of special needs children can make to safeguard their assets while securing benefits and services for their children.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501.

Seats can be reserved by calling my district office at 516-746-5924; or by visiting Senator Martins’ website: www.jackmartins.com.

Disabilities experts, attorney Andrew Cohen and financial advisor Mitch Weisbrot will speak on the legal and financial protections parents should have especially as their special needs children age.

Topics to be discussed include:

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: STATE TAKES ACTION AGAINST DANGEROUS BATH SALTS, BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

A new law is on the books aimed at stopping the sale and use of deadly “bath salts,” a type of illicit drug recently connected to the deaths of young party-goers in New York City, as well as other deaths around the country. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, use of bath salts in the United States has increased significantly since 2010.

Bath salts--man-made drugs similar to methamphetamines--can cause heart attacks, seizures, permanent brain damage and severe hallucinations. An individual's behavior on bath salts often turns violent, leading them to harm themselves and/or others.

September 16, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO SPONSOR SENIOR I.D. PROGRAM IN PORT WASHINGTON

Senator Jack M. Maritns and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano sponsored the Senior I.D. Program at the Port Washington Library. The program involves making identification cards for seniors free of charge that come in handy. They contain valuable information as well as a photo. Joining Senator Martins and County Executive Mangano were Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross.

Senator Martins thanks the Port Washington Library for hosting. The program was enormously successful and Senator Martins is in the process of planning additional events so that communities can take advantage of this service. Watch for details. 

September 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11

On September 11, we paid tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago, on September 11, 2001. We remember their lives and the devotions they had to their families and friends. We will never forget.

On this 12th anniversary of 9/11 and in all years to come, it’s important that we share the lessons of that fateful day to our children. This morning, I attended a ceremony at an elementary school in the Seventh Senate District. Every student at the ceremony was either not yet born or just born when 9/11 took place. Yet, they should know the stories of bravery, heroism and sacrifice. They should know the stories of those who lost their lives and the resiliency of their families. They should know the lessons of tolerance and the ramification of hate.

September 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS GYO REGISTRATION-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE GIVE-AWAY

Senator Jack M. Martins gathered with Gateway Youth Outreach (GYO) Director Pat Boyle, Bernard Keppel of the Elmont West Club and Rev. Cecil Matthew of First Church of God for the GYO Registration-School Supply Drive Give-away.

The registration school supply give away was a huge success. Senator Martins teamed with First Church of God, ZONTA, Catholic Charities and Zeta Sorority in the give-away program. The program benefited the Dutch Broadway, Clara Carlson, Covert Avenue and Gotham Avenue Schools.

 

September 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS 9/11 CEREMONY AT CLARA H. CARLSON SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins spent the morning of the 12th anniversary of 9/11 attending a ceremony at the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont. The Senator felt is was important to attend the school's ceremony since he feels that it is incumbent on our generation to make certain future generation never forget 9/11. 

Many of the schools across Long Island and New York State hold ceremonies to remember 9/11, showing the important of education regarding the events of 9/11 and the acts of heroism and sacrifice that came out of that day. 

Principal Ken Rosner of the Clara Carlson School joined with Senator Martins and Marge Dwyer during the ceremonial portion of the remembrance program.

 

September 11, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES EDUCATION COMMISSIONER TO ALDEN TERRACE SCHOOL

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Elmont Superintendent of School Al Harper, Elmont Board of Education members and Alden Terrace School Principal Amy Buchanan in welcoming New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King. Dr. King discussed educational issues affecting the Elmont School District and New York State.

Pictured with Senator Martins are: Supt Al Harper, Principal Amy Bucanan, Trustees Deneice Walker, Michael Jaime, Tameka Battle-Burkett, Patrick Emeagwali, Board of Regent Roger Tilles and BOCES Supt, Dr. Rogers.

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN ELMONT CLEAN-UP DAY

Senator Jack M. Martins gathered with his many Elmont friends at the Magnet Sport Lounge to kick-up clean-up day in  Elmont. Community leaders, elected officials, and business owners all worked together to beautify the area. The clean-up was co-sponsored by the Elmont West Club. 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH ROSLYN HIGHLANDS HOOK & LADDER FOR OPENING OF FIRE STATION

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have joined with the Roslyn Highlands Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Co. for the official opening of their fire station. Senator Martins is always proud to join with our volunteer firefighters who do so much for our communities.

 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS CELEBRATION AT WINTHROP HOSPITAL

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a celebration a Winthrop University Hospital to mark the structural steel for the hospital's new research center being built in Mineola, which will focus on diabetes and obesity.

“It's a great day for Mineola and for Winthrop-University Hospital,” Senator Martins said. “At a time when diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions, this new state-of-the-art research facility will help lead the battle against them while training the next generation of physicians. Thanks to Winthrop for this great facility and the hundreds of construction and post construction research jobs it brings to our community.”

 

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA STREET FAIR

Local businesses and organizations were out in full force in the Village of Mineola on a recent weekend for the annual Mineola Street Fair. Senator Jack M. Martins attended the fair in his hometown, where he greeted Mineola families, local business owners as well as members of the chamber of comerce and village officials.

September 10, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH FRANKLIN SQUARE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Senator Jack M. Martins continued to meet with school superindennts from school districts around the Seventh Senate District to discuss issues important to each individual district. Recently, he met with Franklin Square Superintendent of Schools Patrick Manley. These discussions give Senator Martins the school officials' perspective into the needs and concerns of the schools heading into the new school year.

September 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH CARLE PLACE SUPERINTENDENT DURING START OF NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with Carle Place Superintendent of Schools David Flatley for a discussion on issues concerning the Carle Place School District. The meeting was part of Senator Martins' listening tour with school district officials to hear about educational issues facing each individual school district. These discussions give the Senator a firm understanding of each of the needs and visions of the school districts that are located in the Seventh Senate District.

September 5, 2013
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BASIC STAR REGISTRATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

New state legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

I already receive Basic STAR, why do I need to register? This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

 

Do I have to register every year? No, this is a one-time registration. You do not have to register every year.

 

Who must register? Only those who receive the Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption.

 

August 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO ASSIST GREAT NECK STUDENTS IN SPREADING MESSAGE AGAINST BULLYING

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with two young filmmakers who are spreading the word about the dangers of bullying and the harm that can come to others. Lelina and Melora Chang are in the best possible position to help since, not only are they both students at Great Neck South High School, but also happen to be the associate producers of a short film entitled, “Strain,” that sends a powerful message about the consequences of bullying.

Lelina and Melora both became involved in the project after their older sister, Yin, an actress who has had a recurring role in the show “Gossip Girl” wanted to write and direct her own film about bullying. “Strain” depicts how two best friends were separated by a school clique and the devastating consequences.

August 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

A Step Up

It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress. It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government. In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.

August 29, 2013
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