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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES FLORAL PARK HIGH SCHOOL’S CLASS OF 2014

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently attended the graduation ceremony for Floral Park High School’s Class of 2014. Senator Martins spoke at the graduation to offer his best wishes for continued success and personally congratulated each student on receiving their high school diploma. 

     Senator Martins (left) is pictured with (left to right) with Floral Park High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Daniel Morgan, Valedictorian Carly Apar, Class President Brittany Ingram, and Village of South Floral Park Trustee George Ingram.

June 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE & BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN PORT WASHINGTON

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) has secured state funding for substance abuse & bullying prevention programs in the Port Washington School District. 

     The $25,000 in state funding will support programs offered by the District’s Safety & Substance Abuse Task Force. According to the District, programs supported by the funding will focus on improved education about the gateway drugs that have led to Long Island’s rapidly growing heroin epidemic, as well as bullying prevention. 

June 27, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & WESTBURY COMMUNITY CELEBRATE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROBERT BACON CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently joined with the Westbury community to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Robert Bacon Children’s Library. 

     The library, which first opened its doors on June 24, 1924, was a gift to the Westbury community by the Bacon family in memory of Colonel Robert Bacon, the Secretary of State and Ambassador to France under President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1965, the Library was incorporated as part of the Westbury Library.

June 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD HONOR STATE CHAMPION MANHASSET GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and the Town of North Hempstead recently joined together to honor the Manhasset High School Girls Lacrosse Team on capturing the New York State Class B State Championship. 

     The Indians finished the season with 19 wins, including victories over Wantagh High School in the Nassau County Championship and Sayville High School in the Long Island Championship. The team captured the State Championship with an 11-7 win over Victor Senior High School. 

June 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS OPEN WILLISTON PARK LIBRARY’S NEW CHILDREN’S ROOM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) helped officially rededicate the new children’s room at the Williston Park Public Library. Senator Martins secured state funding to enable the library to undertake the community improvement project.

     Senator Martins (right) and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar (left) views the “crayon kiosk,” which contains iPads loaded with educational technology for children. The kiosk is part of the newly renovated children’s room at the Williston Park Library.

June 25, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL: TRUSS NOTIFICATION BILL PASSED BY STATE LEGISLATURE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) announced that legislation they sponsored to help protect volunteer firefighters has been passed by the State Legislature. The legislation (S6675C/A1869D), which passed with broad bipartisan support, would help save firefighters from the early collapse of residential structures by establishing a truss construction notification system for residential properties. 

June 24, 2014
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Movin on Up!

     I’m a big fan of old TV shows. So I know I’m dating myself when I ask if you remember the lyrics to Movin on Up, the theme song to The Jeffersons? Especially the part that goes:

     Now we're up in the big leagues,

     Gettin' our turn at bat.

     As long as we live, it's you and me baby,

    There ain't nothin’ wrong with that.

June 23, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: LIRR STRIKE CONTINGENCY PLAN FAILS NORTH HEMPSTEAD RESIDENTS

     Following news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) LIRR preliminary strike contingency plan for commuters contains not one shuttle bus/park & ride lot in the Town of North Hempstead, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is demanding that MTA revise its plan. 

     In a letter to MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas Prendergast, Senator Martins called on the MTA to amend the plan “so that the over 220,000 residents in the Town of North Hempstead are not excluded.” Senator Martins noted that ridership on the Port Washington branch grew by over 350,000 last year, and that Mineola and Great Neck are two of the LIRR’s busiest stations.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL STRIKE DEAL ON LEVER MACHINES, PAVING WAY FOR PERMANENT SOLUTION

     Working together once again in a bipartisan manner to deliver for the community, Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel announced that the New York State Legislature passed legislation they sponsored (S.7371A/ A.9321A) to allow villages, school districts and special districts to continue using lever voting machines for an additional year. 

June 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: “STEVEN KOVACS LAW” PASSED BY STATE LEGISLATURE

First in the Nation Law Would Require Homeowners to Get Help for Individuals Who Have a Medical Emergency in Their Home

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) has announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed “Steven Kovacs Law,” to help ensure that individuals get the help they need in a medical emergency. The legislation would require homeowners to try and get help if someone overdoses or has a medical emergency in their home.

June 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE AGREEMENT ON MEASURES TO ADDRESS HEROIN & PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly, and Governor Cuomo on legislation he sponsored to address the growing heroin, opioid, and prescription drug epidemic. The legislation will be passed by the Senate and Assembly this week and signed into law by Governor Cuomo when it reaches his desk. 

June 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY LEGISLATION

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that would enact new protections for women. The bills would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work; prevent employment discrimination against pregnant women and individuals with families; stop housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence; and enhancing penalties for human trafficking. 

June 18, 2014
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE JOBS

Bill Would Allow Small Businesses to Create Tax Deferred Savings Accounts For Job Creation

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, announced that legislation to help businesses create jobs has been passed by the New York State Senate.

June 18, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON MOODY’S UPGRADING NEW YORK’S CREDIT RATING

     “Moody’s Investors Service raising New York State’s credit rating to its highest level in the last 50 years shows that we are continuing to head in the right direction.

     Over the last four years, we have passed four on-time, fiscally responsible budgets, cut taxes for residents and businesses, controlled state spending, and made smart investments to grow our economy and create jobs. All of this was done working in a bipartisan manner without raising taxes or fees. The results are undeniable progress which has moved our state forward.

June 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that legislation he sponsored to create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing has been passed by the New York State Senate. The legislation (S4760A) allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes. 

June 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS INDUCTS D-DAY HERO FROM GREAT NECK INTO SENATE’S VETERANS HALL OF FAME

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) today inducted D-Day Army veteran Walter Blum of Great Neck into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Mr. Blum was named to the Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senator Martins. 

     “Like so many of ‘the greatest generation,’ Walter Blum fought for our country and liberated millions from tyranny and oppression. His heroism on the battlefield and his service to his community make him truly deserving of this honor. It is my pleasure to induct him into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame,” said Senator Martins. 

June 13, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Victory vs. Progress

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress- Joseph Joubert

June 13, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY IN ROSLYN PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to protect water quality in Roslyn. 

June 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS FLORAL PARK TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MY FIRST SCHOOL

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently visited Floral Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of My First School.

     My First School, which is located in the United Methodist Church of Floral Park, is a nursery school program which is dedicated to fostering the academic, social, and emotional growth of young children with an emphasis on parental involvement. My First School has 12 classes serving over 150 children ranging in age from 15 months to six years old.

     Senator Martins is pictured with students and members of the Board of Directors of My First School.

 

June 11, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & MAYOR STRAUSS CONGRATULATE MINEOLA AARP ON THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss recently congratulated the Mineola AARP on its 25th anniversary.

Senator Martins thanked the members for their efforts on behalf of local seniors and presented a copy of a legislative resolution he sponsored honoring their milestone anniversary. The legislation was passed by the New York State Senate, ensuring that the Mineola AARP’s 25 years of community service will forever be part of the Senate’s official record.

Senator Martins (left) and Mayor Strauss (right) are pictured as they present a copy of the legislative resolution to Mineola AARP President David Keefe.

 

June 10, 2014
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