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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR UNLICENSED DRIVERS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for drivers who operate a vehicle without a driver’s license. The legislation would address an inequity in current law which people who drive with a suspended license face a far stronger penalty than someone who drives with no license at all. Right now, driving with a suspended license is a crime – a misdemeanor – while driving without ever having had a license is a traffic infraction. 

March 23, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS APPOINTED CO-CHAIRMAN OF NEW TASK FORCE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Task Force Will Help Identify Ways to Improve Employee Training and Readiness to Promote Private Sector Growth

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) has been appointed Co-Chairman of a new Senate Task Force on Workforce Development. The Task Force will review the state’s existing programs designed to train both job seekers and existing employees for current and prospective employment opportunities, as well as help develop new initiatives to improve employee readiness, meet the needs of private sector employers, and create well-paying jobs to grow New York’s economy.

March 23, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN “LEADERSHIP U” IN FLORAL PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently took part in the third annual Leadership U at Floral Park Memorial High School. 

     Leadership U (short for Leadership University) is a program where students get to interact with community leaders and role models to learn leadership skills. The program is sponsored by The Leadership Foundation of Floral Park-Bellerose.

     “I really enjoyed participating in this program, and once again the Foundation did a fantastic job. It was great meeting the kids, talking with them, and learning about all the wonderful things they're doing in school and the community,” said Senator Martins.

March 20, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION

     “I am pleased that my colleagues in the Assembly have finally joined the Senate in acting on legislation to protect people from human trafficking. 

     As I have long said, reforms like tougher penalties for human trafficking, measures to ensure pay equity for women, and stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and discrimination should not be tied together. Each of the measures should be considered individually, on their own merits, not held hostage for political purposes. I am hopeful that the Assembly’s action today means that they are joining us in finally putting women first.

March 16, 2015
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

One Oar in the Water

     I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” She was usually describing somebody who was pursuing this or that bad idea and who just didn’t see things clearly. That’s why it’s the perfect title for this week’s message.

March 16, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF MEASURES TO PREVENT DRUG USE IN NEW YORK COMMUNITIES

Bills Would Prevent Use of Parks or Playgrounds for Drug Activity and Strengthen Penalties for Meth-Related Crimes

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation to stop drug dealers from preying on children at playgrounds and parks, as well as combat the spread of methamphetamine (“meth”) use in New York. Senator Martins supported both measures in the Senate.

March 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS MANHASSET SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DISCUSS EDUCATION ISSUES

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently met with administrators, principals, teachers, and Board of Education members from the Manhasset School District to discuss a variety of education issues.

     Senator Martins discussed his efforts to increase state education aid to Manhasset and the rest of Long Island’s, end the harmful Gap Elimination Adjustment to bring additional funding to the district, and continue to address issues with Common Core. 

March 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE ACTION ON “BRIGHTER FUTURE” BUDGET PLAN

Creates New Property Tax Rebate for Middle-Class Homeowners, Extends Historic Opportunities to Students, Invests in NY’s Infrastructure to Create Good-Paying Jobs

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the Senate approved its “Brighter Future” budget plan that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, extends historic opportunities to students and makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

March 12, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS VOTES TO REAPPOINT GREAT NECK RESIDENT ROGER TILLES TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently voted to reappoint Great Neck resident Roger Tilles to the New York State Board of Regents. This will be Regent Tilles’ third term on the Board. 

March 12, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: SENATE PASSES MANDATE RELIEF MEASURE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Legislation Would Improve Efficiency by Streamlining Reporting Requirement for Localities

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to help ease the burden on local governments. The legislation would improve efficiency by streamlining financial reporting requirements for localities.

March 12, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS MINEOLA JUNIOR FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL COMMUNITY PASTA DINNER

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the Mineola Junior Fire Department’s community pasta dinner. Senator Martins joined the hundreds of community members who participated in the annual event in support of the Mineola Junior Fire Department. Parents, firefighters, and volunteers from Chaminade High School were there to serve food to the community and lend a helping hand. 

     Senator Martins (right center) is pictured with (l-r) Mineola Fire Department Chief Jeff Clark, Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira, and Mayor Scott Strauss at the Mineola Junior Fire Department’s community pasta dinner. 

March 10, 2015
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FROM THE DESK OF SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS

Dreaming of Tuition Assistance

     A college education today is expensive … ridiculously expensive.

     Most families with dreams of sending a child to college need any and all the help they can get. From scholarships to tuition assistance, every dollar can be the difference between one school or another, between open doors and closed ones, between opportunity and, well …you get the idea.

March 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS MANHASSET HILLS RESIDENT FOR EARNING SCOUTING’S HIGHEST AWARD

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently congratulated Manhasset Hills resident Andrew Bandini, a member of Boy Scout Troop 568, for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

     Senator Martins presented Andrew with a legislative resolution he sponsored, which was passed by the Senate, honoring Andrew for achieving Scouting’s highest rank. With passage of the resolution, Andrew’s accomplishments will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.

March 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SERVES AS GUEST READER TO JACKSON AVENUE STUDENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest reader to students at Jackson Avenue School in Mineola. Senator Martins visited the school as part of its Parents As Reading Partners program. 

     Senator Martins is pictured reading “Chloe and the Lion” by Mac Barnett to students in Ms. Goodwin’s fourth grade class at Jackson Avenue School.

March 6, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TARGETING CYBER TERRORISM

Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect New York From Future Threats

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to crack down on cyber terrorism and its rapidly expanding threat to the state’s security and finances. The legislation, which Senator Martins cosponsored, would enact tougher penalties for cyber-related crimes, create cyber security programs to identify potential risks and threats, and require the state to perform a comprehensive review of all its cyber security measures every five years.

March 5, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS & STATE SENATE HONOR HENRY VISCARDI SCHOOL PRESIDENT ON EARNING NATIONAL AWARD

     Photo caption: Senator Martins (standing right) leads the New York State Senate in honoring Viscardi School President & CEO John Kemp (seated third left) on earning the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. Viscardi School leaders and students, along with Mr. Kemp’s wife, Sameta, joined Senator Martins and Mr. Kemp on the Senate floor during the tribute. 

March 4, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS TO SPONSOR FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM IN HICKSVILLE

Mobile Legal Help Center Will Offer Free Legal Assistance to Residents in Need

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he will be sponsoring a program in Hicksville to provide free legal services to those in need.

     Senator Martins has arranged to bring the Mobile Legal Help Center to the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville) on Tuesday, March 31st from 10 am to 3 pm. The Mobile Legal Help Center, which is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Office of Court Administration, brings free, civil legal services directly into communities.

March 3, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR DEALING DRUGS TO CHILDREN PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to strengthen penalties for dealing drugs to children. 

March 2, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: LEGISLATION CLOSING LOOPHOLES IN SEX OFFENDER LAWS PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Will Eliminate Gaps in Laws Created by a Recent State Court Ruling and Help Make Communities Safer

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a package of legislation to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.

February 27, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO ANNOUNCE STATE & COUNTY FUNDING FOR STREETSCAPE PROJECT IN ALBERTSON

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello announced that they have obtained a total of $130,000 in state and county grant funding for Nassau County to undertake a streetscape improvement project in Albertson. 

     The community streetscape project includes a new Albertson Clock Tower, two “Welcome to Albertson” signs near the southern and northern entrances to the hamlet and a new community kiosk. New benches, decorative banners, and trash receptacles will also be installed along Willis Avenue from the Albertson town line to the Northern State Parkway.

February 26, 2015
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