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SENATOR MARTINS MODERATES FORUM ON COMMON CORE

New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, held a three-hour forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Mineola High School to field questions on the roll out of the controversial Common Core curriculum from the residents of the Seventh Senate District.

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), who coordinated the forum along with the superintendents from each of the fifteen school districts in the Seventh Senate District, moderated the discussion in order to give parents, students, and educators the opportunity to directly question the Commissioner and express their concerns about the New York State Education Department’s roll out of the Common Core curriculum, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.

November 18, 2013
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NEARLY 900 TURN OUT FOR FORUM ON COMMON CORE CURRICULUM AT MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL

Representatives From The 7th Senate District’s Fifteen Area School Districts Seek Answers From State Education Commissioner

New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, held a three-hour forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Mineola High School to field questions on the roll out of the controversial Common Core curriculum from the residents of the Seventh Senate District.

November 15, 2013
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New York Airports to Get Noise Study

Senator Martins, the bill sponsor, thanks residents for their diligence on airplane noise issue

Residents of Nassau County have long been outspoken about noise generated from low-flying airplanes and now it appears that their voices have risen above the airplane noise. 

November 15, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS HEARING ON ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Senator Jack M. Martins attended a hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle, that included testimony from various experts in the field of addiction treatment and prevention. Among those who testified were New York State Officer of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzales-Sanchez and Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director of the Long Island Coalition of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 

The hearing examined the problem and drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. The problem is a serious one in our region that will take a community effort to combat.

Also attending was New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino. 

November 14, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS 2013 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Senator Jack M. Martins will once again be holding a Holiday Toy Drive. Toys can be brought to Senator Martins' District Office at 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park during normal business hours. The toys will benefit the Child Life, Education & Creative Arts Therapy Department at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Toys will be collected through Wednesday, December 11 and then brough over to Cohen Children's Medical Center. 

Senator Martins has held very successful toy drives in the past thanks to the generosity of the residents, school, libraries, businesses and villages throughout the Seventh Senate District. 

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Common Core Discussion With New York State Commissioner Dr. John King

New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King will hold a forum on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM at Mineola High School, 155 Armstrong Road in Garden City Park for the residents of the Seventh Senate District.

Senator Jack M. Martins, who coordinated the forum along with the superintendents from each of the 15 school districts in the Seventh Senate District, will moderate the discussion in order to give parents, students, and educators the opportunity to ask question and express their concerns about the New York State Education Department’s roll out of the Common Core, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.

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November 13, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN MINEOLA

Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Mineola American Legion Post #349 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Adolph Block Post #1305 in paying tribute to the veterans on Veterans Day during a ceremony at Mineola Memorial Park. 

November 12, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Stupidity Should Have Its Limits

If you’re a person who values common sense then prepare yourself to be disgusted and angry. I’m about to tell you about a sensible piece of legislation that’s long overdue, but is being blocked by the New York State Assembly,which is shamelessly pandering to its constituents with your tax money. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that we even need this legislation at all, let alone that it’s being systematically stymied by some in Albany.

November 7, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HOLDS KID PIX PROGRAM AT WESTBURY LIBRARY

Senator Jack M. Martins brought the successful Kid Pix program to the Westbury Library in coordinattion with Nassau County. The program allows parents to bring their children to receive a free identification card. The program has been extremely popular among parents and the kids are always happy to receive their i.d.'s. 

Senator Martins thanks the Westbury Library for hosting. 

October 31, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS HEARING ON REGENTS REFORM AGENDA

The Senate Standing Committee on Education, under the leadership of Chairman, Senator John Flanagan, held another hearing in its series on the Regents Reform Agenda, this time in New York City.

Much of the testimony concerning the hearing focused on the Common Core standards that were implemented and rolled out by the Commission of Education. As a member of the education committee, Senator Martins attended the hearing. Senator Martins has been listening to constituents and has expressed his as well as their concerns over the implementation of the Common Core.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES BOXING GREATS TITUS WILLIAMS AND TYRONE JAMES ON VICTORIES

Elmont's own Titus "God Gifted" Williams and Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James have scored a second pair of wins back to back and will advance to the Metro Boxing Championships. Senator Martins caught up with the two boxing sensations at the Magnet Sports Lounge for the Elmont West Club birthday celebration party where the two fighters were congratulated by County Executive Ed Mangano, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, County Legislator Vin Muscarella and Golden Gloves Champion Herve' Duroseau.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS AND CONGRATULATES DAVID LOUIS ON DRAFT INTO THE CBL

Senator Jack Martins joined with Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi in congratulating Elmont's David Louis on his recent drafting into the Canadian Pro-Basketball League. Louis was signed by the Saint John Millrats. The 6 foot 5 basketball star was a sensation at Elmont Memorial High School. Martins honored Louis for his leadership, being a community role model for young people and his achievement. "David is a great young man with a very bright future. He makes our entire community proud and is a leader who will make his mark in the CBL without a doubt," said Martins.

October 30, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS SEWANHAKA FOOTBALL TEAM AT HOMECOMING

State Senator Jack Martins attended the annual Sewanhaka Homecoming parade and greeted members of the varsity football team this past week. The Sewanhaka Indians beat their homecoming opponents in exciting action at the Anthony Dwyer fields. Before the game, Senator Martins spoke to the team and wished them well in their game.

October 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS BOOSTS ELMONT SPARTANS DURING HOMECOMING BREAKFAST

State Senator Jack Martins joined County Executive Ed Mangano and the members of the Elmont West Club Alumni Football players in sponsoring a breakfast for the team at homecoming. Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Assisant Coaches Kru Patel and Dave Kinsley joined with Martins and the entire football team for breakfast and inspirational speeches from Ian Holder, Herve' Duroseau and Lancelot Theobald.

October 29, 2013
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

An Education No-Brainer

Could you imagine if tomorrow school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students? Or picture your local school enrolling hundreds of new students and the effect it would have on class sizes, let alone our ability to provide books and materials, desks and lockers. Our current facilities could in no way withstand that kind of blow. In each district, new schools would have to be immediately built and hundreds of teachers, aides, and support staff would have to be hired. With the average cost to educate a student in New York at over $20,000 annually, you could bet our already sky-high school taxes would zoom to astronomical levels.

October 29, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN MANORHAVEN SCHOOL COMMUNITY READ ALOUD IN PORT WASHINGTON

Senator Jack M. Martins frequently visits the schools around the Seventh Senate District. One of his favorite things to do is read book with the students. He had an opportunity to do just that when he participated in the Manorhaven Elementary School Community Read Aloud.

Senator Martins read "Zen Shorts" with the students. It is a story is about three siblings and their new neighbor, a panda, and  invites children to consider the world and their perceptions from different angles.

The Manorhaven Elementary School is in the Port Washington School District. 

October 28, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS SPONSORS KID PIX PROGRAM AT THE BRYANT LIBRARY IN ROSLYN

Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Kid Pix program in cooperation with Nassau County at the Bryant Library in Roslyn. The program enables kids to get free identification cards that are include valuable information on them for the safety of kids. The Senator greeted many of the parents as they came with their children to receive the i.d. cards. 

Senator Martins thanks the Bryant Library for co-hosting this program. 

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the 2013 International Gold Coast Film Festival opening night gala at The Space at Westbury, the newly oepened theater in downtown Westbury. The honorees were Susie Essman, Paul Sorvino and The Mindel Family as well as Samar Hospitality.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS SAPAC'S THIRD ANNUAL FALL LUNCH

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the SAPAC third annual fall lunch to discuss important issues affecting the South Asian American community with civic, community and business leaders. The event was a tremendous success. 

 

October 25, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORED AS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

Senator Jack M. Martins recently received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Long Island, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has over 600 members, including architects, associates, and professional affiliates. Its mission is to advance the profession of architecture and to promote its value to society.

 

October 25, 2013
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