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Senator Martins and Soulfood Society Launch 'Birth of Royalty Series'

State Senator Jack M. Martins and Laurent Luke, founder of Soulfood Society, collaborated this this past Friday on a Poetry, Music and Spoken Word night entitled “The Birth of Royalty Series.” The evening highlighted Poetry, Music and Spoken Word performances from local artists. It showcased artists from the Elmont, North Valley Stream, New Hyde Park, Franklin Square and South Floral Park communities. The program was developed by Senator Martins and was co-chaired by and Arts Committee led by Laurent Luke and Scott Cushing.

April 23, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Hands down, one of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump and it popularized what I believe to be one of the most concise nuggets of wisdom ever: “Stupid is as stupid does.” It basically means that people’s actions are a pretty good measure of their intelligence. Even when there are those widely considered to be intelligent, if they regularly do stupid things, it’s better than even money that they’re not that bright.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins Supports Strengthening of Leandra's Law

Bill would increase the use of ignition interlocks

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins, to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The bill (S.1941) would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins' Bill to Protect Childen Left Unattended in Motor Vehicle Passes Unanimously

The New York State Senate passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child.

"Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable. This bill does that."

April 17, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends SIDMUN Conference 2013

State Senator Jack M. Martins addressed the 20th anniversary of the Sewanhaka Central High School District Model UN held at Carey High School this past week. Conference participants come from Carey, Elmont Memorial, Floral Park Memorial, New Hyde Park and Sewanhaka High Schools. The Model UN program debated issues ranging from agriculture, drug policy, historical issues and current events. Senator Martins opened the conference with a speech discussing current affairs and their impact on the United States. He also presented Model UN officers with a Senate Proclamation to commemorate the conference. Accepting the Proclamation from Senator Martins are Daniel Alohan and Billy Rothwell.

April 15, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

And Now This

So here we are again. You may recall that when I ran for the Senate nearly three years ago, I, like many of you, was angry at our government in Albany. As a local mayor for eight years, I knew with frustrating clarity just how out-of-touch Albany had become to the plight of everyday people. And I wasn’t alone. Republicans and Democrats alike, young and old, were demanding change and I wanted to be a part of it. We’d had enough of bad decisions impacting our communities, of back-room deals, of legislators spending more time in the courthouse than the statehouse. We were done watching Nero fiddle while Rome burned.

April 11, 2013
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Work Begins on Jericho Turnpike Project

Work has begun on the Jericho Turnpike road resurfacing project, which encompasses a stretch of roadway from Glen Cove Road to the city line. This segment of the project that has begun includes the area of the roadway from Beebe Road in Mineola to Glen Cove Road in Old Westbury.

April 9, 2013
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Senator Martins Meets with School Superintendents

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents and assistant superintendents from around the Seventh Senate District to go over how the newly enacted state budget and how it will affect school district budgets that will be going out for a vote next month.

Senator Martins and the school superintendents discussed state aid for education being increased as well as the cost drivers that school districts are facing and the challenges of continuing to provide excellent educational programs during challenging economic times. Senator Martins and the school officials will be working together to benefit the communities throughout the Seventh Senate District.

April 5, 2013
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Senator Martins On State Budget: $1 Billion in Additonal Education Funding and Pension Relief

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke on the floor of the Senate on the evening the 2013-14 state budget was passed. Senator Martins addressed important aspects of the budget including $1 billion in addition state funding for education as well as the pension smoothing plan that will allow school districts and local governments to opt into the program and realize immediate savings for taxpayers.

April 1, 2013
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Senate Passes 2013-14 Budget That Delivers Tax Relief for Families and Businesses

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2 Percent Again

The New York State Senate concluded its passage of 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.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Martins Delivers Increased CHIPS Funding for Seventh Senate District

Investment in Infrastructure Seen as a Key For Job Creation

The villages in the Seventh Senate District as well as the Town of Hempstead and Town of North Hempstead will see a significant increase in funding from the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) as a result of Senator Jack M. Martins working with his colleagues and Governor Andrew Cuomo to make investments in infrastructure a priority in the state budget.

March 26, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Building the Ark

There’s an old joke about God commanding a modern-day Noah to build an ark, warning him that the earth would be flooded in a year. Twelve months later, all Noah had was a pile of logs. He said, “God, forgive me but there were big problems. “Like what?” God asked.

March 26, 2013
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Senator Martins Addresses NYS Society of CPAs

Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Nassau County Chapter of the New York Society of CPAs. The Senator was honored to join with the society in discussing important issues to New York State such as efforts in the Senate to give families tax relief by extending tax credits and restoring the STAR rebate checks.

March 22, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends Hofstra Lecture Series on the 'Brutal Fight to Get Sandy Aid'

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Hofstra University Distinguished Lecture Series. Congressman Peter King was the keynote speaker. The subject was the "Brutal Fight to Get Sandy Aid" and dealt with the struggle following the Hurricane to get Congress to approve FEMA aid to rebuilt regions that were hard hit by the storm.

March 22, 2013
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Guggenheim Elementary School Welcomes Senator Martins as Guest Reader

The Guggenheim Elementary School in Port Washington welcomed Senator Jack M. Martins as a guest reader. The Senator spend a Friday morning after a hectic week in Albany, reading with the students in Mrs. Pheifer's kindergarten class. Senator Martins read "Rocket Writes a Story" with the students.

Senator Martins commented on what a terrific school Guggenheim is and how is looking forward to seeing the students again as they progress through their education in the Port Washington School District, one of the best on Long Island.

 

March 22, 2013
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Senator Martins Welcomes Catholic Conference to Albany

During a busy budget week, Senator Martins took time out to welcome the Catholic Conference to the State Capitol. Among those he met with were the students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

March 21, 2013
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Senator Martins Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Drug Dealers

Dealers Who Sell Drugs to Minors Under 14 to Face Stiffer Penalties

The New York State Senate passed legislation. sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, toughening the penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

The bill (S.988) makes the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14 a class A-II felony.

“We need a no-nonsense policy when it comes to drug pushers who prey on our children,” said Senator Martins. “There is no excuse for anyone selling drugs to children 14 and younger. This bill holds them accountable. And makes sure they are taken off the streets.”

The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

March 21, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Smaller Picture

I wish I could remind all the folks in Washington D.C. and Albany that if they look beyond the special interest agendas that consume them, they would find most of us still waiting on what counts: the economy.

For all the media hoopla that highlights and exploits our disagreements, most people want exactly the same things: they want to work and make a decent living at a job that’s secure; they want to raise their families in peace; they want a good education for their kids and maybe a few of the finer things in life like a vacation or a new car once in a while. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. At one time all of these were taken as a given.

March 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors Community Hero

Scout from New Hyde Park Saved His Sister's Life

Within the New York State Senate chamber in the Capitol in Albany on a busy Thursday afternoon, the focus of all members of the Senate are on an 11-year-old resident of New Hyde Park. As Senator Jack M. Martins announces what brought Sean Nidermaier, a fifth grade student at the Notre Dame School, to the center of state government, he done so with a sense of pride.

“There are great things in store for this young man and his family,” Senator Martins said about Sean, who was accompanied in Albany by his proud parents Scott and Katie as well as his sisters Emma, Cailin and Braidy Grace, his scout leader Elizabeth Castelli and Sean’s good friend Michael Castelli

March 20, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Tax Relief, Job Creation on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" from Albany to discuss the Family Tax Relief Act and the new plan to create jobs in New York State. Both initiatives were included in the Senate's Budget Resolution.

March 14, 2013
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