It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress. It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government. In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martins Luther King, Jr. helped changed the course of our nation. This year, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's, "I have a dream" speech, which was delivered on August 28, 1963. To pay hommage to this momentous moment in American history, here is the speech:
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
WHAT: Public hearing 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
WHERE: Nassau County Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola.
Senator Jack M. Martins rooted the New York Cosmos to victory Saturday night as the Cosmos downed the San Antonio Scorpions at Hofstra Stadium. During a stoppage in action, the Senator discussed the game with members of Elmont Soccer who were working as ball boys and girls for the game.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the Mineola Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a new business to the Village of Mineola. American Community Bank opened at 285 Jericho Turnpike. Senator Martins wished them much success.
There’s a lot of excitement here in Nassau County. Last week’s announcement regarding the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum has also shined the spotlight once again on what I believe is the single, greatest economic development opportunity Long Island has seen in many years.
That opportunity is Belmont Park.
As you are probably well aware, I have been at the forefront of the redevelopment process at Belmont and I am thrilled with the mixed-use proposal submitted to the state by the New York Cosmos. This breathtaking plan calls for a world-class soccer stadium for the Cosmos team but also includes a hotel, shopping venues, seven restaurants, new community parks, and even a new Long Island Railroad Station.
If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please, read this column! It’s vital news to Long Island homeowners.
New legislation requires that ALL homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption re-apply with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of an enormous effort to root out fraud in the $1.9 billion system and it was enacted to protect honest New Yorkers against those who are falsely obtaining the exemption. In the end, they are stealing from you – the taxpayer.
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, is holding 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.
On August 15, the Great Neck Social Center held a barbecue to celebrate the opening of its newly furnished couryard in honor of Phoebe Lazarus and Joan Antonoff. Both are wonderful, caring and very supportive of the center. Senator Martins congratulates the Great Neck Social Center and Phoebe and Joan for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in the Great Neck area.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates the UJA-Federation of NY for their efforts in collecting and distributing school supplies for those in need. The program, Supplies of Success, is just another example of the wonderful work that the UJA-Federation of NY does.
More than 300 volunteers will be working from August 20th to August 22th to fill more than 4,500 backpacks with school supplies for children from needy families across Long Island, through UJA-Federation’s Supplies for Success program. A year-long initiative to collect supplies and cash donations culminate in this three-day volunteer effort.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Cout of Honor for Plandome Troop 71. The Court of Honor was held in honor of scouts Alex Comerford and Nick Cataldo, who both reached the prestigious level of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with his colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as the Governor signed legislation that dramatically revamps the electric utility on Long Island. The legislation privatizes utility operations on Long Island, improves customer service, including stabilizing rates and enhancing emergency response and preparation; reduces the cost of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) debt; and implements tough state oversight for the new utility company. It also achieves savings to allow the new utility to seek a rate freeze for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Measure Will Enhance Veterans' Access to Benefits and Care
State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was recently signed into law. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Hickville Water District Board of Water Commissioners for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations of Plant #6 on Kuhl Avenue. This renovation is part of the district’s major capital investment plan to improve services for local residents and businesses. The District has provided Service to Hicksville community for over 92 years. Tests several years ago showed that nitrate levels in wells were rising. This plant has the capability to remove excess nitrates in the water supply. Construction on facility started in 2011 and came in under budget.
Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have taken part in the India Independence Day Parade in Hicksville. The parade, commemorating India's 66th Independence Day, was held by the Indian American community of Long Island. The India Day Parade (IDP USA) is one of the remarkable historic events on Long Island, bringing together the synergies of more than 100 organizations, to celebrate Pride, Passion and Unity.
Senator Jack Martins thanked Roslyn resident and President of Kokomo Trading Company, Jason Bash, for his generous donation of two palm trees to the East Hills park at a recent installation ceremony. As a philanthropist and local business owner, Mr. Bash has been donating trees throughout the North Shore in an effort as he says, “To help rebuild Long Island one tree at a time” nine months after Hurricane Sandy. The hardy “Windmill” palms are commonly used now in northern states since they can thrive in both extreme hot and cold temperatures. Pictured from L to R: East Hills Village Trustee, Clara Pomerantz, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, East Hills Village Trustee, Peter Zuckerman, Senator Martins, Jason Bash and East Hills Mayor, Michael Koblenz.
New Law Gives Pet Owners More Rights; Another Takes Aim at Unscrupulous Pet Dealers
Senator Martins explains his support for two new laws that will help protect animals:
As an animal lover, I know first-hand that there’s something truly special about the bond between a family and their pets.
But too many times, New Yorkers have brought a new pet home to become part of the family, only to discover that the animal has a serious medical condition. That is why I was pleased to support the expanded “Pet Lemon Law.”
Senator Jack M. Martins reminds residents that Cellini Lodge #2206 Order Sons of Italy will be sponsoring the 2013 Italian Festival. It will take place from Wednesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 18 at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. The hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6-11 p.m.; Saturday from 3-11 p.m., and Sunday from 3-10 p.m. This is a great event that features great vendors and food, rides and community appreciation.
The Italian Festival has become a summer tradition. You can download the flyer below for all the information.
In cooperation with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Senator Jack M. Martins held a program at the Williston Park Library to provide free I.D. cards to seniors. Nearly 200 were issued. The cards, which were given free of charge, include vital information. The program was so successful, there are plans to expand it to other areas of the Seventh Senate District. Watch for announcements of future dates and locations.