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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS WESTBURY FAIR

Senator Jack M. Martins had a great time at the Westbury Fair on Saturday. There are great things happening in Westbury. Most recently, the theater, named "The Space" at Westbury, opened at 250 Post Avenue and is a major step in the revitalization of the downtown area. Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes and the board of trustees are doing an outstanding job.

Pictured are Mayor Cavallaro and Village Trustees Bill Wise, Steve Corte and Beaumont Jefferson.

October 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN SENATE HEARING ON TAX POLICY AND REFORM INITIATIVES

Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and the Senate Standing Committee on Finance to examine the tax policy in New York State and reform initiatives to find ways to provide relief to families and businesses in the state. 

October 3, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN THIRD ANNUAL SENATE UNIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

Senator Jack M. Martins (on right) recently attended the New York State Senate’s 3rd Annual Unidad Latina Conference with the New York State Hispanic Federation. The event, held in New York City in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, brings together hundreds of community, business and government leaders at a two-day conference designed to strengthen partnerships and increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York State, and at the same time, honors the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our state’s Hispanic American citizens. Pictured in the front row from l to r are scholarship recipients Cindy Moreno (Elmont Memorial HS graduate), Yasmin Kavoutlis (Sewanhaka HS) and Natalie Santiago (Elmont Memorial HS graduate).

October 3, 2013
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SENATE SUCCESSFUL IN PASSING MEASURES TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

The New York State Senate has been successful in recent years in passing legislation that was signed into law to help in the fight against breast cancer.

In 2012, the Senate with the support of Senator Jack M. Martins passed legislation to improve early breast cancer detections. The law (S6769B-2012) increases women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.

October 1, 2013
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SENATE MEASURE TO RESTORE FUNDING CUTS TO OPWDD BECOMES OFFICIAL

Earlier this year. Senator Jack M. Martins stood with his Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers. While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.

Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why Senator Martins is pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.

September 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MANHASSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, where he discussed with members the priorities of the Manhasset business community. It was an honor for the Senator to be among so many of the community's leaders to discuss important issues concerning the local economy. 

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS TO PARTICIPATE IN UNDIDAD LATINA CONFERENCE

Hispanic Heritage Month / Unidad Latina

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the rich histories, cultures and contributions of our nation's Hispanic American citizens. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th.

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: LET'S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF A CHILD'S SELF-ESTEEM

During Senate Standing Committee on Education hearing about the Regent's Reform Agenda, much of the discussion revolved around standardized testing. Senator Jack M. Martins, one of the members of the committee, spoke about the aims of student testing. The Senator questioned whether, in evaluating students by giving them a score from 1-4,  the state education department is losing sight of what is most important, which is the self-esteem of a child.

Children with high self-esteem will be more apt to learn and take part in extra-curricular activities, where they can let their creativity shine. 

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS WISHES THE HERRICKS SENIOR CENTER A HAPPY 33RD ANNIVERSARY

As is his custom every year, Senator Jack M. Martins brought a cake over to the Herricks Senior Center to celebrate the center's anniversary. This year, the center celebrated its 33rd anniversary. It continues to be a wonderful place for the community to socialize and share camaraderie.

Happy Anniversary to the Herricks Senior Center!

 

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CO-SPONSORS HEARING ON REGULATORY REFORM

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored a Senate hearing on regulatory reform pertaining to the construction industry. The hearing, which took place in the Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building was part of a series of hearings on industry-specific, bipartisan forums intended to identify and examine state regulations to see if they may b e impeding job creation and economic growth.

The forums are being convened by the Administrative Regulations Review Commission and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Commerce.

September 26, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS STANDS UP FOR SEVENTH SENATE DISTRICT SCHOOLS AT EDUCATION HEARING

Senator Jack M. Martins stood up for schools in the Seventh Senate District during a Senate Education Committee hearing on the Regents Reform Agenda. Senator Martins questioned representatives from the New York State Department of Education on a statistic that says 50 percent of students aren't college-ready. 

Senator Martins frequently visits schools throughout the Seventh Senate District and stated that students are achieving high and going on to college, where they are achieve there as well, as he questioned the validity of the statistic. Senator Martins comments can be seen here. 

 

September 24, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SHOWS MUSTANG PRIDE AT HOMECOMING PARADE

Senator Jack M. Martins showed Mineola Mustang Pride at the Mineola Homecoming Parade. The rain couldn't keep the Mineola School District community from shining. By the time the game started, the sun was out. Unfortunately, the team was defeated by West Hempstead, but, as always at homecoming, students, parents, staff and the community showed plenty of spirit in their hometown schools.

September 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WILLISTON PARK COMMUNITY IN REMEMBERING BUD HALLER

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Williston Park community in celebrating the life of Nicholas "Bud Haller" at a dedication ceremony at the Williston Park Gazebo.

Bud Haller served the community is so many different ways. He was a trustee and deputy mayor for the Village of Williston Park. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Corpus Christi Council, past president of the Williston Park Rotary and past vice president of The Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons, a longtime member American Legion Williston Post 144 and a trustee of the Williston Park Library.

This wonderful community member, husband and father will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.

September 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH LEADERS FROM THE MANHASSET SCHOOL DISTRICT

Senator Jack M. Martins continues to meet with school superintendents from school districts from around the Seventh Senate District. Recently, he met with Manhasset School Superintendent Charles Cardillo as well as Deputy Superintendent for Business and Finance Rosemary Johnson and Board of Education President Regina Rule to discuss issues important to the Manhasset School District.

 

 

September 19, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH PORT WASHINGTON SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Senator Jack M. Martins has been meeting with superintendents from around the Seventh Senate District to discuss educational issues and issues important to each individual school district. Recently, he met with Dr. Kathleen Mooney, superintendent of the Port Washington School District to discuss educational issues important to the Port Washington School District. 

September 18, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS WESTBURY IN WELCOMING THE SPACE

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, members of the Village of Westbury Board of Trustees, elected officials and community members in welcoming The Space to the Village of Westbury. 

The Space at Westbury now occupies the former location of hte Westbury Movie Theater, which first opened its doors in 1927. The Space at Westbury has preserved the village history while injecting a shot of energy into the community's downtown area as a performing arts center. Cyrus Hakakian invested nearly $10 million into The Space and, with the cooperation of the village and the community, it is a welcomed addition to the downtown.

September 18, 2013
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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.

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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