On August 6, Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues in government and community leaders for National Night Out at Bunky Reid Park in New Cassel. National Night Out takes place around the nation as a symoblic way for communities to take a stand against crime.
Senator Jack M. Martins was among those who traveleed to JFK Airport to welcome home the Elmont Memorial High School Model Uuited Nations team that won "Best Delegation" in a competition that take place all the way in Beijing, China. Senator Martins was beaming with pride as he greated the members of the team and Principal John Capozzi, telling them they made the entire community proud by their hard work, dedication and comraderie.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have been inducted as a member into the Cellini Lodge #2206 Order Sons of Italy in New Hyde Park. The Cellini Lodge is an active community organization that promotes Italian heritage and community service. Senator Martins felt extremely priviledged to have been invited to join the organization.
The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.
You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years. Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together. Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula. Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.
Recognizing the fiscal crisis and recent filing for bankruptcy by the City of Detroit, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, today announced that he will hold a series of statewide public hearings with municipal leaders in communities with varying levels of distress to review state laws and state imposed municipal finance oversight boards in the context of fiscally distressed municipalities and hear testimony as to new initiatives that provide relief and assistance to fiscally distressed municipalities.
Senator Jack M. Martins sends his congratulations overseas to Beijing China, where the Elmont Memorial High School Model United Nations team captured Best Delegation honors in an international competition. Senator Martins met with the team prior to their leaving and wished them good luck, telling them that he was proud to be representing these young men and women in the New York State Senate. The team and Principal John Capozzi then went to Beijing and showed the world what Elmont pride was all about! Congratulations Elmont Memorial!
Senator Jack M. Martins was at Hofstra Stadium on Saturday night, August 3 to watch the New York Cosmos' first victory in 29 years. In front of a sellout crown of nearly 12,000, the Cosmos defeated The Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League home opener. On hand, to bring back the memories of the Cosmos's glory year was soccer legend Pele.
Senator Martins has been instrumental in trying to find a permanent home for the Cosmos. The franchise has proposed building a privately funded world-class stadium in the south lot at Belmont Park, a project the Senator has publicly supported because of its potential for economic revitalization in Elmont.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a new law that will require local Veterans Service Agencies (VSA) to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), enabling New York's veterans and their families to prepare and file federal benefits claims at offices in their local communities.
State Senate Jack M. Martins attended a discussion held by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington concerning a project to expand the tracks on the Port Washington train station. Work proopsed at the Port Washington yard calls for an extension of the existing tracks on the Haven Avenue side as well as on the S. Bayles Avenue side.
According to the LIRR, the benefits include up to nine more trains between Port Washington and Manhattan. The discussion, hosted by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, enabled community leaders and elected officials to voice concerns and discuss the potential impact of the project. The community stakeholders vowed to work together to make sure the best interests of Port Washington are protected.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy. It’s frightening to think that what was once one of the nation’s primary economic engines cannot pay its day-to-day bills. Despite sensationalist commentary from both sides of the political spectrum, I can assure you there’s really no single reason this happened. There are many causes and even more opinions, but one thing is for sure: Detroit borrowed and spent extravagantly for many years and dug itself right into a hole. Sadly, no one on the state level in Michigan intervened to get them back on track.
The Governor signed a bill introduced by Senator Charles Fuschillo and supported by Senator Jack M. Martins that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.
Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb. If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out. You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.
The return of the New York Cosmos soccer team to Long Island next month could generate up to $19 million in new annual revenue for restaurants, hotels, retail stores and other businesses, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said Tuesday.
The Cosmos, a prominent professional team in the 1970s and 1980s, will play 14 home games at Hofstra's 15,000-seat James M. Shuart Stadium beginning Aug. 3.
The games would generate $18.9 million in annual economic activity if the team attracts capacity crowds to the stadium, Maragos said in a report. That figure would drop to $9.4 million if the stadium were half filled, and $4.7 million at 25 percent capacity.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to be at the Silver Jubilee celebration for Father Raphael Soadwah Church of St. Mary in Manhasset, Fr. Raphael Soadwah was ordained to the priesthood on July 16, 1988 in the Diocese of Konongo-Mampong, Ghana. Congratulations to Fr. Raphael.
With New York State and Long Island emerging slowly from a struggling economy, many regions hit a roadblock in the form of a hurricane. When Superstorm Sandy hit, many businesses and downtown areas that are such a vital part of a community’s economic engine were devastated.
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.