New York State Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the awards ceremony for the Henry Viscardi School Basketball Team. Senator Martins was extremely proud to be given the opportunity to recognize the oustanding accomplishments of the members of the team as well as their coach, Joe Slaninka.
Three years ago, Senator Martins invited the team to participate in his annual 3-on-3 tournament that takes place at the Dutch Braodway School in Elmont. This year will be no exception. The Viscardi team will be ready to go on July 13 when the 10th annual tournament takes place. It has become a midsummer tradition and Senator Martins is honored that the students, staff and parents of the Henry Viscardi School family participate.
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, the newest member of the Senate Standing Committee on Heath. attended the ribbon cutting ceremomy for the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
The ribbon cutting ceremony signified that ground was broken on a new, 65,000-square-foot expansion that will more than double the size of the school just two years after enrolling its first students. The new facility comes at a critical time since future doctors are needed to accomodate the fact that more people will be insured in the new to come.
Proceedings Fall on Same Day As High Holy Day This Year
Recognizing that the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashana falls on the same day that local special district commissioners are required to hold their public budget hearings, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) introduced legislation (S.5609) in the State Senate that will change the date of the 2013 hearings and resolve this conflict.
The Senate Local Government Committee moved legislation (S.5018) out of committee that is sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) which will require municipalities to use arbitration when disputes over water rates occur between those municipalities.
The bill states that arbitration must be included in the contracts between two or more municipalities that share a common water supply when they cannot come to an agreement on the water rates one municipality is charging the other.
At the request of Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), the Senate Transportation Committee has today moved legislation (S.4786-A) sponsored by Senator Martins that will significantly increase the penalties for anyone caught driving without a legal driver’s license.
On June 4, 2013, Senator Jack Martins was proud to participate in the Legislature’s Annual Animal Advocacy Day. Pictured with Fritz, a miniature pony from Chatham, NY, Senator Martins joined animal advocates from around the state in support of efforts to protect our pets and strengthen New York’s animal cruelty laws.
This past week, my office received a phone call at 1:23 a.m. from an organizer at MoveOn.org who threatened to oust me from office unless I embrace a bill calling for taxpayer funding of political campaigns. The call came as no surprise as people who call empty offices in the dead of night have no real intention of entering into meaningful discussion.
So I’ll share my position here. To be clear, I consider taxpayer financed political campaigns to be one of the most blatant exploitations of hard-working New Yorkers I have come across. Proponents claim it cleans up elections by taking money out of the game. It doesn’t. It merely substitutes your tax dollars for private donations.
State Senator Jack M. Martins attended the West Hempstead-Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony to congratulate the honorees. Senator Martins presented proclamations to each of the honorees for their accomplishments in scouting.
The following Girls Scouts from the Seventh Senate District were honored:
2013 Gold Award Honorees
Faith Fishkin - New Hyde Park
Melissa Voellm - Franklin Square
The State Senate today passed legislation (S.3141) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) that would relieve school districts of the state mandate which would require them to provide bus transportation for every eligible student whether they ride the bus or not, beginning in 2014.
The bill makes permanent school districts’ ability to coordinate student transportation based upon patterns of actual ridership rather than on the number students who are eligible to take the bus. It also allows school districts to realize additional savings through the coordination of transportation services on a regional basis, in cooperation with neighboring districts.
The International Union of Elevator Constructors JATC Local #1 will conduct a recruitment from June 3, 2013 through June 14, 2013 for 50 Elevator-Escalator Constructor and Modernizer apprentices, State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced today.
Applications must be obtained and submitted in person at the Local #1 Union Hall, 47-24 27th St., Long Island City, NY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the recruitment period. All applicants must provide a photo I.D. and high school diploma (or GED) to receive an application. Only original applications, completed in person, will be accepted. Applications that are incomplete or illegible will not be considered.
Senator Jack M. Martins once again announced his Summer Reading Program for this summer. Senator Martins invites students to "Dig Into Reading." All you have to do is visit www.nyread.com and create a profile, start reading and record all of your books. Senator Martins wishes you a wonderful summer and keep reading! At the end of the summer, readers will receive a Certificate of Recognition, but most importantly, will have gone on the wonderful journeys that only reading can provide.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and while it affords us a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends, let’s take some time to reflect on what this holiday is really about -- remembering and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for this great country.
On May 23, 2013, the New York State Senate, on a resolution co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, proclaimed the day "Haitian Unity Day" in the State of New York. Here is the resolution:
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 23, 2013, as Haitian Unity Day in the State of New York
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organizations which foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York State; and
Harneet Gulati Touts Hicksville Boys & Girls Club For Encouragement
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the New York State Youth of the Year Harneet Gulati for her work in the community and for her positive impact on its young people.
“Harneet is a shining example of the leadership our young people show in giving of their time and talents to improve the lives of others. Her perseverance and the encourage of the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club says a lot of our community. Congratulations to Harneet and thank you to the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club,” Senator Martins said.
Harneet penned an essay about how she got involved with the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club and her volunteer work. It is published below:
The newest member of the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame is well-known in the Mineola community as someone many have come to admire not only his service to the community, but his knowledge and wisdom. But before Walter Hobbs was known as a pillar of the Mineola community, he served in World War II, as a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps.
On Tuesday, May 21, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins honored Mr. Hobbs by inducting him into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, joining a prestigious group of men and women who have served bravely in defending our nation’s freedom.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine President Yemeng Chen as he toured the college, which is regarded as one of the top schools in the nation for acupuncture.
NYCTCM has a fully-accredited three-year Masters Program in acupuncture. It is located on First Street in Mineola.
One bill (S4682) names the Jericho Turnpike bridge overpass that crosses over the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose as the "Police Officer Arthur Lopez Memorial Bridge."
Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, one of the department's most elite units after only five years of service. During his time on the force, Officer Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions.
This year, May 12th is not only Mother's Day -- it also marks the beginning of National Women's Health Week.
Senator Jack M. Martins is pleased to report that he voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women's health care throughout our state. These measures include the following: