Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption. Senator Martins cosponsored the legislation (S2937) with Senator Kemp Hannon (R-6th Senate District).
“Enhanced STAR provides valuable property tax savings to eligible senior citizens. Creating a simplified renewal application form will make it easier for seniors to take advantage of property tax savings to which they are entitled,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Floral Park Historical Society and community members in unveiling a new historical marker commemorating the running of the Vanderbilt Cup Race through the Village of Floral Park. The marker is located at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Emerson Avenue.
The Vanderbilt Cup Race was the first major international auto race in the United States which was run on a public road. It ran thru Floral Park on October 8, 1904.
Senator Martins is pictured speaking at the Floral Park Historical Society’s unveiling of the new historical marker.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that New York State has expanded the income thresholds for its Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program to allow more seniors to qualify for prescription drug savings.
EPIC’s income eligibility thresholds have been raised from $35,000 to $75,000 for single seniors and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married seniors. Senator Martins supported the program expansion as part of this year’s state budget.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently honored Carle Place resident John DiFrisco for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. John is a member of Boy Scout Troop 305. Senator Martins attended the Court of Honor to personally congratulate him on earning scouting’s highest honor.
“John worked extremely hard for many years, serving his community and rising through scouting’s ranks, in pursuit of a goal which only a select few ever achieve; the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. The entire community is very proud of John, and we congratulate him on attaining this incredible honor,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16th Assembly District) recently participated in an education forum with parents, residents, and staff from the Great Neck School District.
Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel discussed a variety of education issues, including the increase in state education aid to the Great Neck School District included in this year’s state budget, newly approved safeguards to protect children’s privacy, the elimination of inBloom, and newly adopted reforms to address the State Education Department’s flawed rollout of Common Core.
So I somehow blew up my brother-in-law’s power washer last week. I don’t know how it happened, but you know the feeling. You try never to borrow anything but when you finally do, not 20 minutes in, the otherwise indestructible machinery that’s been well-used for 15 years suddenly and inexplicably starts sputtering and belching smoke like a wounded Godzilla.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently met with the Garden City Park Civic Association at Broadway Park.
Senator Martins, along with Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, and Town of North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara, discussed a number of local issues and quality of life concerns with residents.
Senator Martins is pictured as he speaks to the members of the Garden City Park Civic Association.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited the Shelter Rock Public Library to view new educational technology. Senator Martins secured state funding for the library to purchase the technology.
The library used the state funding to purchase new iPads for the children’s department. The iPads are preloaded with educational apps which teach children about subjects such as math, science, reading, writing, and problem solving in a fun way.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the LIRR has submitted a $39.2 million plan to replace the Ellison Avenue Bridge to the MTA Board for approval. Senator Martins fought for the funding to be included in the MTA’s Capital Program and worked to get the project expedited.
The Ellison Avenue Bridge has been used by cars, trucks, and pedestrians for nearly 75 years, and the wear and tear shows. While the bridge is safe, it has reached the end of its useful life and desperately needs to be replaced. 90 percent of the bridge is covered with steel plates and the New York State Department of Transportation has found serious deterioration in the structure.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Floral Park Little League in celebrating the opening day of the 2014 little league season. Senator Martins offered his best wishes to the players, coaches, and parents for a fun and safe season.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rose Walker recently sponsored a free KidPix photo ID program in Hicksville.
Families who participated in the program received a free, wallet sized kidpix card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and photograph. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited South Salem Elementary School in Port Washington to read to students as part of the Read Across America Program.
Senator Martins, who visited the school on Earth Day, read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to fifth grade students. The book helped children understand the dangers of pollution and the importance of protecting the environment.
Senator Martins (back right) is pictured with fifth grade students at South Salem Elementary School and the school’s library media specialist, Joanne Koukoulas.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently met with Great Neck resident Anjli Datta and Williston Park resident Karishma Vyas to discuss state legislative issues relating to healthcare and nursing. Anjli and Karishma are nursing students at Long Island University-Brooklyn.
Senator Martins is pictured with Great Neck resident Anjli Datta (center) and Williston Park resident Karishma Vyas (right).
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for a community improvement project in the Village of New Hyde Park.
The funding will be used by the Village to revitalize Memorial Park. The park’s existing tennis courts, basketball court, and walking path will be rehabilitated and refurbished. Memorial Park is widely utilized by Village residents and is home to the Village’s Children’s Summer Recreation Program.
Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 7th Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Stickers Help Alert Firefighters that there are Animals in the House In Case of a Fire
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) is informing residents that his office has free pet rescue alert stickers available to help them protect their pets in an emergency situation.
The pet rescue alert sticker can be placed on a homeowner’s window or door to notify firefighters that there are animals in the home in the event of a fire. Residents can list the number, type, and names of pets they have so firefighters will know exactly how many animals are in the home.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Williston Park Little League in celebrating the opening day of the 2014 little league season. Senator Martins offered his best wishes to the players, coaches, and parents for a fun and safe season.
Senator Martins is pictured handing the ball to Williston Park Little Leaguer Philip Arnold to begin the 2014 little league season.
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, located at 445 Jefferson Street in Westbury, on Wednesday, May 14th 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.
NYLAG staff will be available to provide free legal assistance to local residents on issues related to:
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) was recently honored by the Cow Bay Theatre Company.
Senator Martins received the organization’s Spotlight Award “in recognition of his continuing concern and peripatetic efforts to represent the best interests not only the Senate District he represents, in particular, but also those of New York State, in general, while making time to support community theater and other cultural bodies on the most local level whenever possible.”
I ask any parent reading this column to read it all the way through. Don’t put it down and think it doesn’t pertain to you, because it does. And if it makes you uncomfortable, that’s great. If we’re lucky, a little discomfort now will spare you a lot of heartache in the future.