State Senator Jack M. Martins met with Boy Scouts Christopher Kalliagas and Nikolaos Ziozis in his district office to discuss local issues as part of the scouts’ pursuit of their merit badges. Senator Martins was impressed by both scouts as they pursue their goal of becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. Nikolaos is a resident of Albertson.
For the second year in a row, Senator Jack Martins has had more two-house bills pass the State Legislature than any Long Island State Legislator, Senate or Assembly.
In the 2013 Legislative Session, Senator Martins sponsored 40 pieces of legislation that were passed by the State Senate. More than two-thirds of these (27) were approved by both Houses of the Legislature, which ranks him an impressive fourth overall among his 62 Senate colleagues in successfully passing two-house bills. According to the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Senator Martins is also the fourth highest overall in the entire 213-member Legislature in getting bills passed.
As part of the Senator Jack Martins 3-on-3 Classic, a basketball tournament that just completed its 10th year, a bench press competetion was included as part of the the activities, which also included football and lacrosse among others. Senator Martins congratulated Marlon Fearon of Elmont as the bench press champion. Marlon is from Elmont and is a radio talk show host. Congratulations to him and all the other participants for making the day such a big success.
During these summer months, as we spend so much time outdoors with family and friends, it’s easy to see why airplane noise has been such a big concern for many of us. Not that we don't hear the planes when we're in our homes. We do, but being outside brings the problem into focus. I guess that’s the nature of living next to three major airports. But it was never this bad, never this loud.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Senior I.D. Card Program on Tuesday, August 6 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Williston Park Library, located at 494 Willis Avenue in Williston Park. Nassau County residents ages 60 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior I.D. card.
The wallet-sized senior I.D. card includes a photo and the holder's personal data, physician's contact information, and emergency contact phone numbers which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency. Allergies and other vital information can also be printed on the card. There is no fee for the card.
Residents who would like more information can call Senator Martins' office at 746-5924.
Senator Jack M. Martins along with other elected officials including Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Councilman Angelo Ferrara met a home of June Bleich in Manhasset Hills to discuss how best to serve cancer patients.
Reverend Monsignor John. J. McCann, pastor of the Church of Saint Mary has announced that effective immediately, Mrs. Grace M. Cavallo has accepted the appointment of president for Saint Mary’s Elementary School in addition to her role as president of Saint Mary’s High School, thus creating The Schools of Saint Mary.
“Three years ago, I approved a new leadership model for Saint Mary’s High School with the appointment of a president and principal at its helm. I have witnessed how this model addressed the ever-increasing complexity of administering to a quality Catholic school by sharing the responsibilities of leadership between two highly qualified administrative Catholic educators dedicated to the mission of Catholic education”, said Msgr. McCann.
This Saturday, July 13, State Senator Jack M. Martins and over 340 local volunteers will be hosting the 2013 Senator Jack Martins Classic at the Dutch Broadway School, 1880 Dutch Broadway in Elmont. The fun-filled day will include a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament, Slam Dunk contest, 3-Point Shoot-Out, Half-Court Shot Challenge, Wheelchair Basketball, 7-on-7 Football, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Soccer Exhibition and Tournament, Soccer Shoot-Out, Boxing Demonstration, a Fitness Challenge and much more. The event is free for any participant and any spectator.
The day begins at 10 am sharp (Rain date: Sunday. July 14, 2013, 10 am sharp).
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated a local business, NuBest Salon in Manhasset, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Senator Martins presented the NuBest team of Michael Mazzei, Jamie Mazzei, Vincent Mazzei and Christian Fleres with a proclamation, honoring them for their success. NuBest is located at 1482 Northern Boulevard.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Palmira Cataliotti of Roslyn Heights as the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction for 2013. Palmira is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, a position she worked her way up to after joining Winthrop in 1997 as an account manager.
Senator Martins remarked on Palmira’s accomplishments as well as the contributions that women have made in making our communities better. “During a time when the Senate passed an historic women's equality act, Palmira is a shining example that women everywhere can and do reach the pinnacle of their professions,” he said.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo were at SUNY Old Westbury to detail the major accomplishments that passed the State Legislature in the last days of the legislative session. The Governor and lawmakers were on hand for a bill signing ceremony for the Start-UP NY program.
Senator Martins, who introduced the Governor, spoke about a new era in Albany that has transformed New York State . The last three legislative sessions have proven that lawmakers can work together with each other and the Governor to move the state forward. This legislative year was certainly no exception as progress was made once again through common sense measures and reforms.
We just ended this year’s legislative session in Albany, and to be sure it produced real results for every New Yorker concerned about the economy. We passed our third, on-time, responsible state budget which closed multi-billion dollar gaps and we adhered to our self-imposed two-percent cap for a third consecutive year. This prevented $18.3 billion in new spending or to make it more tangible we avoided $3,268 in higher taxes on New Yorkers like you. No new state taxes, no new state fees – none.
This approach is crucial because state finances are like personal finances. If one’s budget is a mess then progress on other fronts is difficult. So with this sound budget we:
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Gzuenter group for their lunch meeting at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills. Senator Martins discussed this past legislative session and then took question from members. The Senator was honored to have visited with the members and thanked them.
The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments. It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.
The New York State Senate passed an historic package of bills that would ensure equal pay for women, strengthen laws against human trafficking, provide greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deter sexual harassment, and end discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the 100th anniverary mass at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck. Ground was broken at St. Aloysius in 1913. The senator was honored to have spent some time with Bishop Murphy while at the mass. Congratulations to the St. Aloysius Church family.
Senator Jack M. Martins spoke in favor of enacted a legislative package for women's equality, saying that as a father of four daugters, equality for women is an issue that is near and dear to him.
The legislative package ensures equal pay for women, strengthens laws against human trafficking, provides greater support and protection for victims of domestic violence, further deters sexual harassment, and ends discrimination of women in the workplace related to gender, pregnancy, and family status.
Legislation passed by the Senate includes bills that:
During the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the nomination of Tom Prendergast as new head of the MTA, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many of the commuters who take the LIRR into the city for work. Among the Senator's points were the frequently at which fare increases are sought and that Penn Station remains at its current capacity to service LIRR riders. Senator Martins had addressed this concern in his column, "From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins," which can be read by CLICKING HERE.
The New York State Senate gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.
The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures falls short of projections.