Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is informing residents about a new certificate which honors New York’s veterans who served during the Cold War.
“The men and women who served our nation during the Cold War deserve our gratitude and appreciation, and this is another way for New York State to recognize its heroes,” said Senator Martins. “I invite all veterans who served during the Cold War to apply for this honor.”
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) offered the following update on efforts to get an air stripper placed in a non-residential area to ensure continued high water quality in the Roslyn Water District:
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) will be sponsoring an informational forum on heroin and substance abuse prevention for residents thisTuesday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelter Rock Library (165 Searingtown Road, Albertson). Parents and community members will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts on steps they can take to protect their loved ones from the growing epidemic of heroin and substance abuse.
In the latest edition of "Your Voice" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the new state budget that was passed recently. The 2014-15 budget marks the fourth straight year of an on-time state budget which controls spending and provides tax relief to families and businesses. Senator Martins discussed two key components of the budget - delivering tax relief and investing in education.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring three members of Boy Scout Troop 200 in Williston Park for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
The legislative resolutions honored Gerard DeAngelis, Andrew Viola, and Craig Souwe on earning Scouting’s highest honor. With passage of the resolutions, Gerard, Andrew, and Craig’s achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced passage of the 2014-15 New York State budget which delivers tax relief, controls state spending, provides additional state aid for schools and local governments, and keeps New York State headed in the right direction.
I think it was sometime after our 10th snowstorm that some of the most die-hard New Yorkers I know said Florida wasn’t looking too bad. Truth be told, when people leave the Empire State, it’s not in search of better weather, it’s mostly in search of a better life.
Did you know that from 2000 to 2010 New York lost more than 1.6 million residents to other states? They left because life here was just too expensive. Whether it’s seniors on fixed incomes, young people just starting out or fed up couples in between, they start to feel that life elsewhere would be easier. That’s bad for our economy and worse for the families and friends impacted by separation.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help reverse rules which allow the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and PSEG-Long Island to collect over $32 million in unnecessary taxes and fees from overburdened Long Island ratepayers.
Measure Gives More People Access to Antidote That Prevents Accidental Overdose Deaths from Heroin and Other Opioids
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help save lives by increasing access to a highly effective antidote for accidental drug overdose known as Naloxone or Narcan. The bill (S6477B), which Senator Martins sponsored with Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau County), allows authorized health care professionals to issue non-patient specific orders for Naloxone to certified training programs and pharmacies, which could then distribute the Naloxone kits and instruct how to properly administer it. If timely administered, Naloxone can prevent an overdose death.
Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the final state budget agreement will include over $517 million in state aid for local governments to repair and maintain their roads. The funding includes an additional $40 million in aid over last year’s total to help local governments repair the significant road damage caused by this winter’s harsher than normal weather. Senator Martins, Chairman of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, fought for the aid increase to be included in this year’s state budget.
With consumers being forced to spend more and more to heat their homes with home heating fuel oil, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) today introduced legislation creating new protections for home heating fuel oil customers. The legislation would create a statewide consumer complaint hotline and require home heating oil companies to inform their customers about cost-saving steps that can help them lower their bills.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Mineola High School music students to the State Capitol in Albany.
Members of the School’s 11-12 grade concert band and jazz band were in Albany performing as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) annual Music in Our Schools Month. Students performed in the Empire State Plaza for an audience of legislators, staffers, and Capitol visitors.
Senator Martins (standing, third right) is pictured with Mineola High School’s student musicians during their performance in Albany.
I wanted to write something poetic here. My intention was to memorialize a good friend with words that would strengthen those of us who loved him while capturing his extraordinary spirit for those who didn’t know him. But I got stuck, starting and stopping a good half a dozen times as no words seemed to be doing my sentiments justice. Then, as providence would have it, I came across a quote from the American essayist, E.B. White, who wrote “To achieve style, begin by affecting none.”
Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death Occurs
The New York State Senate passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation requires testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.
“This measure is another step in holding those who choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol accountable for putting innocent lives at risk,” Senator Martins said. “This will provide law enforcement with more effective means to make our roads safer and save lives.”
The State Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) that makes it unlawful to leave a child under 8-year-old unattended in a motor vehicle.
During the warm summer months, dangerous conditions can arise in standing or parked motor vehicles as trapped heat causes the temperature inside to rise dramatically. Between 1998 and 2004, 230 children have died of hyperthermia from being left in cars. In 2005, by mid-summer, 19 deaths were recorded as a result of hyperthermia.
Senator Martins’ bill requires that children remaining in a parked or standing car be accompanied by a someone who is at least twelve years old.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is calling for the final state budget to reject a proposal by Governor Cuomo to loosen regulations which require pesticide use to be reported by zip code. The Governor’s proposal would eliminate tracking pesticide use by zip code and instead track pesticides only by the county where they are sold.
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rose Walker will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Hickville. The program will be held on Friday, April 25th from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville).
Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is joining with Long Island Cares in sponsoring a pet food drive to help animals in need.
“Anyone who has a dog or cat knows that they are not just animals; they become part of the family. When a family falls on hard times, having to give up their pet and place it in a shelter can be devastating for both them and the animal. This program will help support Long Island Cares’ efforts to help ensure that pets can stay in their homes, with their families, where they belong,” said Senator Martins.
Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he has been named Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy; they create jobs, generate revenue, and provide important services to the community. Helping them grow and thrive is critically important. We’ve made significant progress over the last several years towards lowering the cost of doing business in New York State, but there is still much more which must be done. I am very excited to serve in this new role and look forward to getting to work,” said Senator Martins.