Senator Jack M. Martins recently held his Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at Elmont Memorial High School during which he honored community leaders by presenting them with the award named after the civil rights leader who fought for positive change for our country. The ceremony was once again a big success as it not only celebrates Dr. King's life but also the entire community.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, calling on the Board of Regents to delay implementation of the Common Core education curriculum. The call comes after months of listening to concerns from parents, educators and students that the Common Core simply wasn’t being implemented to the best interests of educating students.
Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs with Benefits Prohibited
The New York Senate passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.
When people sign up for welfare, they are issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a cash card at any ATM or like a debit card at a store. The card accesses two separate accounts: Food Stamps and Cash Assistance. Food stamps are tightly regulated – but Cash Assistance is not.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently spend a Friday morning sharing a book with the students at the Munsey Park Elementary School as part of the school's "Guess Who's Coming to Read" program, which encourages reading. It's a fun way to learn and reinforces how reading can be a fun adventure with every book.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the winners of the 2013 Seventh Senate District Thanksgiving Essay Contest that asked six grade students to write an essay about what they are most thankful for. A student from each school who captured the spirit of the holidays was invited to a special reception at the Hillside Library, where the students read their essays aloud. The students exhibited creativity and a sense of humility in discussing what they are most thanful for. Many wrote about their famlies, friends and children. Senator Martins thanked the students for their participation and congratulated them on an outstanding job.
Senator Jack M. Martins was a guest reader in the Amazing Reading Race Through Space Read-In at the East Street School in Hicksville. Senator Martins and the students read a book and then discussed it. The program encourages reading by stressing that reading takes students on an amazing journey.
Senatror Jack M. Martins recented attended the Indian National Flag Hoisiting Ceremony at the Vaishnav Temple Darshan Khand in New Hyde Park on the solemn occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India. The program was sponsored by Vaishnav Temple of New York and Indo-American Senior Citizen Center of New York. Senator Martins was honored and privileged to have taken part in such a proud ceremony.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi
Earlier this week I was asked by one of the local newspapers to predict an outcome for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the number one offense, Denver Broncos and the number one defense, Seattle Seahawks. The paper collects the opinions of various people and then does a side by side comparison to see who comes closest. It sounded like good fun and although I love watching football, I can’t imagine why they’d ask me. If I had any luck prognosticating that sort of thing, election years would be a whole lot easier.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on the cable tv show, "Your Voice" from Albany during which he discussed the recent hearings on the Regents reform agenda, Common Core and his concerns regarding InBloom. He also discussed the Governor's State of the State address.
At a meeting of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, chaired by Senator John Flanagan, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many constituents about the Common Core and about student privacy to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King. He then urged Commissioner King to act. His comments can be seen here.
Demetrius Taylor is home again after playing professional basketball in China. The Elmont superstar played pro-ball in China and Shanghai in an experience Taylor described as "incredible and full of culture shock." Taylor was a special guest clinic coach at Senator Martins "Skills Challenge Basketball Camp" these past two weeks for children in the 3rd grade through 9th.
Senator Jack Martins recently had the honor of congratulating Miss Haiti who is none other than Elmont's Gabrielle Previlon. Senator Martins presented Previlon with one of his Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. award at his 4th annual ceremony. Previlon is a runway model and artist throughout Long Island and New York City. "Gabby is a role model and leader that our entire community is very proud of.
Senator Jack Martins presented his annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to elementary school students at his 4th annual gala. Students were chosen by their respective schools as a result of their leadership, character and commitment to Social Justice.
REPORT IDENTIFIES OVER 2,000 STATE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WARRANT REFORM OR REVIEW
The New York State Senate Majority Coalition issued a comprehensive report today that sheds light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifies 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of over 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.
The Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos 1st Annual Basketball Camp was a smashing success. The first day, held on January 11 at the Dutch Broadway School, and the second day, held on January 12 at Elmont Memorial High School, brought out the community's youth to learn about the finer points of the game of basketball from qualified camp coaches.
Among the skills taught were ball handling, shooting, positioning and footwork.
Senator Martins and Senator Skelos partnered with Gateway Youth Outreach, Elmont West Civic, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The camp was well attended and extremely well received as not only basketball skills but also participation, physical fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork were fostered.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, where he honored a longtime chamber member. Senator Martins presented Carla Cohen with a State coin in appreciation for all she has done for the community as the longtime publisher of the Floral Park Gateway.
Senator Jack M. Martins continued the valuable Kid Pix program at the Mineola Memorial Library. Partnering with Nassau County, Senator Martins offered free identification cards to children. The cards have important information on them. The program has been highly successful with parents and children taking advantage of the service. The Senator has brought the program to the communities in the Seventh Senate District.