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SENATOR MARTINS & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO TO SPONSOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS WORKSHOP IN NEW HYDE PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Legislator Richard Nicolello will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemptions Workshop in New Hyde Park. The program will take place on Thursday, August 20th from 1-3 pm at the Hillside Library (155 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park).

     Tax exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will be available to provide assistance, answer questions, and help residents file for the following property tax exemptions:

     · Basic STAR

     · Enhanced STAR

     · Senior Citizens

     · Veterans and Cold War Veterans

     · Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers

July 29, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS TO SPONSOR FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM IN WESTBURY

Mobile Legal Help Center Will Offer Free Legal Assistance to Residents in Need

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Westbury to provide free legal services to those in need.

     Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Westbury Library (445 Jefferson Street, Westbury) on Tuesday, August 18th from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.

July 28, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WITH HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER IN COMMEMORATING 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). 

     Signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, the ADA was a giant step towards eliminating discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA, together with enhancements made in 2008, gives individuals with disabilities civil rights protections and equal opportunities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications. 

July 27, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: GREAT NECK BREAST CANCER COALITION TO RECEIVE NEW STATE FUNDING

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition to continue its efforts in the fight against breast cancer. 

July 23, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS HONOR FORMER ROSLYN HARBOR RESIDENT AND NOBEL LAUREATE GABRIELA MISTRAL

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently helped dedicate a plaque at the Roslyn Library in memory of former Roslyn Harbor resident Gabriela Mistral.

     Gabriela Mistral was a renowned poet, diplomat, and teacher who was a champion for civil rights and protecting the disenfranchised. She was the first ever Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Originally born in Chile, she came to Roslyn Harbor in 1953, making her home on Motts Cove Road. She spent the final years of her life in Roslyn Harbor, passing away in 1957 at the age of 67.

July 21, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS & STATE SENATE HONOR NEW CASSEL RESIDENT ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently honored New Cassel resident Helen Bonner upon the occasion of her 100th birthday. 

     The New York State Senate passed a legislative resolution, which Senator Martins sponsored, congratulating Ms. Bonner on reaching the milestone. With passage of the legislative resolution, Ms. Bonner will forever be part of the New York State Senate’s official record. 

July 20, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS NEW HYDE PARK PAL IN DEDICATING TRIBUTE TO LONGTIME BOARD MEMBER

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with members of the New Hyde Park PAL in paying tribute to a longtime member of the PAL Board.

     The New Hyde Park PAL dedicated a garden at the PAL Clubhouse in memory of June Murphy, who served as a member of the PAL Board for more than 30 years. Senator Martins, along with Legislator Rich Nicolello, joined the members in unveiling the memorial garden and paying tribute to Mrs. Murphy and her three decades of service to the children of New Hyde Park.

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking at the memorial garden dedication ceremony, which was held at New Hyde Park PAL Clubhouse.

July 20, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Averting Tragedy

     These days we hear the word “tragedy” thrown about frequently in the press. Every natural disaster, calamity or heartbreaking accident gets immediately tagged in headlines as being tragic. While there’s certainly enough bad news to go around, I can’t help but think back to what I learned in high school literature class: that a “tragedy” in its truest sense was some downfall or ruin caused by the character himself, that the person was somehow responsible for his or her own undoing.

July 17, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS MANHASSET-LAKEVILLE FIREFIGHTERS FOR THEIR DEVOTED COMMUNITY SERVICE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored members of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department for their devoted service to the community. 

     Senator Martins sponsored legislative resolutions, which were passed by the New York State Senate, honoring the following Department members for their many years of volunteer service.

     • 60 year member: Ex-Chief Joseph Morris

     • 50 year member: Ex-Captain Preston Hicks, Sr.

     • 25 year member: Chief of Department Scott Garrigan

     • 25 year member: Ex-Chief Kyle Duggar

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR FLORAL PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for the Floral Park Police Department to enhance safety on Village roadways. 

     The Department will use the $10,000 in state funding to support its traffic enforcement program. The Department will be purchasing new equipment, including a license plate reader unit and LIDAR speed gun, that will be used to prevent crime, track down stolen vehicles, remove unlicensed drivers from the road, and control speeding.

July 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: NEW HYDE PARK EAGLE SCOUTS HONORED BY STATE SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring two New Hyde Park residents for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

     The legislative resolutions honored Giovanni Castelli and Nicolas Castelli of Troop 544 for earning Scouting’s highest honor. With passage of the legislative resolutions, Giovanni and Nicolas’ achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING FOR PORT WASHINGTON PARK IMPROVEMENTS

$250,000 in State Funding Will Allow Nassau County To Further Enhance Stannards Brook Park

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for Nassau County to continue renovating Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington.

     “Stannards Brook Park is a jewel of the Port Washington community. It’s been transformed from a run-down eyesore to a place where people of all ages go to relax, take a walk, learn about nature, or just enjoy the outdoors. Using this new funding, Nassau County can further enhance the park for the benefit of all residents,” said Senator Martins.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES MANHASSET STUDENT ON BEING RECOGNIZED FOR ATHLETIC & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Manhasset High School to congratulate Danielle Nicosia for being chosen as the Sue Link Memorial Award recipient. Danielle was a co-captain on Manhasset’s Championship Girls Soccer Team.

     The Sue Link Memorial Award is given annually by the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association to the player who best embodies the behavior expected of student athletes both on the field and in the classroom.

July 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS NAMED HONORARY CHIEF OF STEWART MANOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently honored by the Chiefs, Officers, and members of the Stewart Manor Fire Department.

     The Department named Senator Martins an Honorary Chief in recognition of his “many years of outstanding support, dedication, and devoted service.”

     Senator Martins (right center) is pictured receiving his award from Chief Tom Skinner (right), Assistant Chief Ronald Sopp (left center), and Firefighter Peter Williams (left), who is also an Honorary Department Chief.

July 10, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Ye Ol’ Grindstone

     At this time of year I think back to the last few weeks of school as they wound down to just days and those days finally turned into minutes. We’d watch that clock on the wall as it ticked off the moments until summer and truth be told, it seemed impossible to concentrate on getting any work done. As kids, we were absolutely certain this time was meant to be like a landing strip, with schoolwork gently tapering off to ease us gracefully into the joys summer…And if you had teachers like mine, you were rudely awakened.

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NOT RENEWING PEARSON TESTING CONTRACT

     “By not renewing the state’s contract with Pearson and committing to an inclusive policy of active teacher participation in test preparation, the State Education Department has taken a positive step forward for the benefit of students, parents and educators throughout New York. 

     The failures of the Common Core rollout are well documented; students forced to take tests which are way above their grade level, teachers excluded from the development process, and exams being used to data mine rather than as an effective educational tool. 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR LAKE SUCCESS POLICE DEPARTMENT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for the Village of Lake Success Police Department to enhance its crime control and prevention programs. 

     The Department will use the $10,000 in state funding to purchase new technology, which would include revamping computers in their patrol cars and their license plate readers. Both devices will help aid in the detection of stolen vehicles, unlicensed drivers, and drivers who have warrants out for their arrest. 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES FUNDING FOR MANHASSET WOMEN’S COALITION AGAINST BREAST CANCER

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer to continue its efforts in the fight against breast cancer. 

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP PROTECT FAMILIES FROM TRAGEDIES

Legislation Aims to Reduce House Fire Related Deaths by Requiring Smoke Detectors with a Non-Removable Battery

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation to help protect families from fire-related tragedies in their homes.

     The legislation (S2696A), of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, aims to reduce house fire related deaths by requiring battery operated smoke alarms sold in New York State have batteries that are non-replaceable, non-removable and will power the device for a minimum of ten years.

July 8, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS STEWART MANOR’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Stewart Manor community in celebrating Independence Day.

     Senator Martins took part in the Village’s annual Fourth of July Parade. Now in its 17th year, the parade is annual community tradition.

     Senator Martins (front row, third left) is pictured with members of the Stewart Manor Fire Department at the Village’s Fourth of July Parade. He is joined by Assemblyman Ed Ra, Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella, Town of Hempstead Councilman Ed Ambrosino, and Village of Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.

July 6, 2015
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