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Senate Passes 'I-STOP' Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Solomon Schechter School in Williston Park

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Solomon Schechter School of Nassau County in Williston Park. Beginning in September 2011, the middle and high schools moved into its new location, the former Cross Street School.

Senator Martins enjoyed the visit to the school, which provides quality education and an education center for Conservative Judaism.

June 11, 2012
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Senator Martins Honored by Met Council

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored by the Met Council during its 36th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Sunday, June 3 with the State Legislative Leadership Award.

Each year, Met Council aids, sustains and empowers 100,000 New Yorkers in need. Met Council is a Jewish organization that serves everyone, fighting poverty through comprehensive social services that treat every individual with dignity and respect.

For more information on Met Council, visit http://www.metcouncil.org.org.

June 11, 2012
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Senate Votes to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

Senator Martins Co-Sponsors Bill

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored a bill (S.7447) to restore the STAR property tax rebate check program. The bill would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 8, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Port Washington's Newest Eagle Scout

Andrew Diffley reached the highest rank a Scout can achieve when he became Port Washington Troop 241’s newest Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor held on his behalf on Saturday, June 2 at the Flower Hill Hose Company.

Among the elected officials to attend the ceremony were Senator Jack M. Martins and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross.

June 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Herricks Wrestlers on a Successful Season

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated the Herricks Wrestling team on a successful season. Senator Martins is pictured here with co-captains Mike Vespe and Andrew Farrell as well as coaches Mike Miller and Cliff Forziat, who presented Senator Martins with a Herricks Wrestling sweatshirt.

June 6, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Belmont as the Community Gears Up For the Belmont Stakes

State Senator Jack M. Martins (R - Mineola), a supporter of New York's horsemen and of economic investment and revitalization at Belmont Park, made a visit to the racetrack Saturday. Senator Martins was on hand to watch the Belmont Stakes contenders as they trained over the main track, then took a tour of the backstretch. The tour featured programs funded by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, including Anna House, the backstretch childcare facility; the offices of the Backstretch Employee Service Team and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America; and the Rafferty Memorial Library, home of the language lab and communication center for the backstretch workers.

June 6, 2012
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Meadow Drive Fourth Grade Students Visit Senator Martins in Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins received a visit from the fourth grades students from the Meadow Drive School. Senator Martins spoke to the students and showed them around the State Capitol, discussing what a day is like in the life of a Senator. He thanked them for coming and wished all the students a wonderful summer.

The Meadow Drive School is in the Mineola School District.

June 6, 2012
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Senate Majority Passes Bill to Eliminate MTA Payroll Tax for All Libraries

Senate Continues Assault on Onerous Tax to Help Taxpayers

Senator Jack M. Martins and the members of the Senate scored another victory for taxpayers by passing a bill to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for all libraries in New York State.

Senator Martins vowed to fight to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax, which was passed in 2009 by the former Senate Majority and former Governor, and has been successful in working with his colleagues and Governor Cuomo in getting the tax eliminated for all small businesses with payrolls of less than $1.25 million and schools, both public and private.

Senator Martins’ bill (S-6079A), which passed the Senate on Monday, June 5, eliminates the tax for all libraries. 

June 5, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Hometown Heroes on 'Your Voice' From Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the bravery of two hometown heroes recently on "Your Voice," an Internet cable show from Albany. Senator Martins recently had the honor of inducting Sergeant Jimmy Regan into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Sergeant Regan was killled during his fourth tour of duty, while serving in Iraq. His courage and sacrifice will never be forgotton.

Senator Martins also dicussed Commander Matthew Nolty, who left for a year-long tour in Iraq. Commander Nolty left behind his wife and children who are all sharing in his sacrifice for the good of our nation. 

June 5, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Making Memorial Day Count

Another Memorial Day weekend has passed us by, and I was fortunate enough to be included at some of the many parades and ceremonies that paid tribute to the men and women who died serving in our armed forces. Thankfully, I think most of us agree that honoring those who served, living and deceased, is a good and necessary thing. But I also recognize that there are those for whom the meaning of the day has been lost; who see it more as the start of summer than anything else.

May 31, 2012
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Senator Martins Wishes Commander Nolty a Safe and Speedy Return

Senator Jack M. Martins wished Commander Matthew Nolty a safe return during a farewell tribute at the Notre Dame School in New Hyde Park. Commander Nolty is being deployed to Afghanistan. He and his wife Caroline have three children - Brendan, Bridget and Diedre.

Senator Martins thanked Commander Nolty was his service and wished him a safe and speedy return.

Prayer for the Navy

Eternal Lord God, you along spread

out the heavens and rule the raging sea.

Take into your most gracious protection

our country's Navy and all those who serve therein.

Preserve them from the dangers of the seas and from

the violence of the enemy, thay they may be

a safeguard unto the United State of America,

May 24, 2012
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Senator Martins on 'Your View' From Albany

On the latest edition of "Your View" from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the 100th birthday of Dr. Henry Viscardi and the founding of the Henry Viscardi School, making college more affordable, a biil amending the refund policy for LIRR tickets, the Port Washington School District Enrichment Program, the Pizza and Politics program and being made an honorary graduate of the St. Brigid's Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury.

May 24, 2012
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Senator Martins Inducts American Hero Posthumously Into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Sergeant James John Regan always wanted to be an Army Ranger. Upon graduating from Duke University, the Manhasset resident and Chaminade High School grad decided to forgo a job offer from a prominent financial services company and a scholarship to law school in order to serve his country. While in his fourth tour of duty, Sergeant Regan lost his life in Iraq, but his sacrifice and courage will forever endure.

On Tuesday, May 22, Senator Jack M. Martins had the privilege of inducting Sergeant Regan into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mary Regan, Sergeant Regan’s mother, traveled to Albany to accept the honor.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Martins to Sponsor Safety Saturday in Westbury June 23

Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring Safety Saturday at Westbury High School, 1 Post Road in Old Westbury, on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents are all welcome to attend to take advantage of the services offered.

Safety Saturday will include:

Shed the Meds – Anyone that needs to dispose of prescription drugs can bring them and they will be properly disposed of by the Nassau County Police Department.

Car Seat Safety Check – New York State Troopers will be on-hand to check to make sure your child car seat is properly installed so that your child receives maximum protection.

May 23, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Leandra's Law

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) to strengthen Leandra’s Law.  The legislation would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

May 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Newest Eagle Scouts From Herricks

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor as Christopher Farrell, Christopher Trietsch and David Vespe of Boy Scout Troop 201 of Herricks reached the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank an Boy Scout can reach. Becoming an eagle Scout is a tremendous accomplishment as it takes years of hard work and perseverance. Senator Martins joined with Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar in congratulating these fine young men.

May 23, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

When the Rules Change

Something unfair is going on. It’s not only unfair but at the risk of sounding cliché, it’s strikes me as distinctly un-American. It’s been written about here and there, but has mostly gone unnoticed by the media and the few outlets that have covered it, in my opinion, have missed the point.

For anyone who has ever used catering facilities, whether local halls, caterers at hotels or even at synagogues and civic organizations, you’ll recall that your bill normally includes a “service charge” – a percentage of the overall bill. That charge has become the center of much discussion.

May 22, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Grand Opening of Stannards Brook Park

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the grand opening of Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington. The main entrance is on Carlton Avenue at Charles Street. The park was renovated with funding, in part, from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The renovation included newly paved paths, newly constructed bridges as well as a bubbling stream, Council Circle and Amphitheater.

May 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill That Makes Viewing Child Pornography a Felony

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

“This legislation will deter anyone from trying to exploit children by viewing child pornography by making it a felony. This is not acceptable behavior and we should not tolerate it,” said Senator Martins, who supported the bill.

May 18, 2012
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