Jack M. Martins

Top News

Senator Martins Listens to Jamaica Square Homeowners

State Senator Jack Martins was introduced to Jamaica Square homeowners by Civic President Claudine Hall during the annual JSIL community day. The Jamaica Square Improvement League has a long rich history of community outreach and programming for families. The credo of the civic organization is helping their fellow neighbors and empowering the greater community. Senator Martins is pictured talking to homeowners with Hall and South Floral Park Trustee Elton McCabe during a meet and greet recently. "I want to thank Claudine Hall and the Jamaica Square Improvement for their hard work in improving quality of life for Elmont's neighborhood," said Senator Martins adding, "they make a difference."

December 11, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Health Initiative With Valencia Gym, "DJ Monumental" and Sunny Seward a Success

State Senator Jack Martins cooperative effort with Elmont’s Valencia Gym resulted in an outstanding evening of health care education, diabetes awareness and fitness training a few weeks ago. Teaming up with BET’s 106th and Park television show personality "DJ Monumental" and Health Care Advocate Sunny Seward, a special health video seminar was taped in Elmont as part of the ongoing health care initiative aimed at combating diabetes and proper nutrition. Valencia Gym is located on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont and has been the scene of many community health outreach programs.

December 11, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Welcomed to PTSA Central Council Meeting by Franklin Square's Rita Cona

State Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to the Sewanhaka Central Council PTSA meeting by Franklin Square's Rita Cona this past week. Cona is an active member in the Franklin Square community at both Polk Street and Carey High School PTSA's over the years. Senator Martins dropped by the celebration to thank PTSA members for their ongoing work in all schools to enhance educational opportunities for young people from elementary to high school. "I would like to thank Rita and all of the PTSA members for their warm welcome and hospitality. The work that PTSA does is often unsung and done quietly throughout our communities. We can't thank you enough," said Senator Martins.

December 11, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Discusses College Choices With Sewanhaka PTSA Reps

State Senator Jack Martins discussed college choices with parents at the annual Sewanhaka Central High Council of PTSA's holiday party this past Friday. Sewanhaka delegate Belinda Amell and Past SCC Council President Jill Bamberger sat with with Senator Martins where they discussed college financial aid issues, grants and college educational programs. "Listening to parents who are on the front lines of going through the college maze of financial aid, choices and programs gives me great perspective as State Senator. We are constantly looking at ways in the Senate to help parents, our young people and non-traditional students who are working harder than ever to pay the tuition and get the program choices in colleges.

December 11, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Meets With Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA

State Senator Jack Martins had the opportunity to meet with Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA Co-Presidents Donna Leone and Teresa Brady-Kurtzke at the Sewanhaka Central High School PTSA holiday party. Senator Martins and the Floral Park Memorial PTSA leadership team spoke about the ongoing hurricane relief efforts throughout the greater community as well as events and future projects at Floral Park Memorial High School. "Floral Park Memorial High School has an outstanding PTSA team that cares about our community and it's future leaders- our young people. I look forward to working with them in the New Year," said Senator Martins.

December 10, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Attends Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington Annual Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins had the honor of attending the Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington 45th Annual Meeting at the Port Washington Library. The theme of the meeting was expanding the environmental education in the Port Washington Schools and the community at-large.

Among the elected officials attending were Senator Martins, Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina DeGiogio and Nassau County Legislator Judy Bosworth.

 

December 10, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Attends Opening of Harbor Child Care in Mineola

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the opening of Harbor Child Care, which will occupy the first floor of the Willis Avenue School in Mineola. The Willis Avenue School is Harbor Child Care's seventh location.  The education curriculum is based on the High Scope Cognitive Development Program which is a 40 year research based curriculum generally regard as a leading early childhood educational approach.

December 7, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Wishes Elizabeth Buchta a Happy 93rd Birthday

Senator Jack M. Martins recently wished Elizabeth Buchta a happy 93rd birthday. Elizabeth was born on December 14, 1919. A week before her birthday, she attended the Mineola Golden Age Holiday Party where she celebrated the holiday season with her many friends. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

December 7, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Celebrates Holidays with Mineola Golden Age Club

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Mineola Golden Age Holiday Party at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, where he met with many friends. Senator Martins was honored to have been invited to the party, where he wished all the members a happy holiday. The Mineola Golden Age Club members danced, sang and had a delicious lunch as they reveled in the holiday spirit. Senator Martins was honored to be a part of the day. Also attending was Mineola's oustanding Mayor, Scott Strauss, who sat and spoke with the members to wish them all the best this holiday season.

December 7, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Meets With South Floral Park Civic Leaders

State Senator Jack Martins was back in the Village of South Floral Park where he met with civic leaders and members of the South Floral Park Fire Department recently. Mayor Geoffrey Prime attended both sessions with Senator Martins where both answered questions and offered insights on issues impacting the Village. Questions ranging from police protection, job creation and economic development plans on Hempstead Turnpike were discussed. “I want to thank Tony Barbieri, Mayor Prime and the South Floral Park Fire Department for their advice on and insight on issues impacting the Village of South Floral Park," said Senator Martins adding, “I look forward to continuing to work with them going forward in improving our neighborhoods.”

December 6, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Holds Listening Session at the Magnet Sports Lounge

State Senator Jack Martins held another community 'listen session' at the Magnet Sports Lounge that was attended by over 300 Elmont and South Floral Park residents. The networking listen session gave residents the opportunity to speak one on one with Senator Martins and express their concerns and hopes for future economic development opportunities in the greater community. Joining Senator Martins in the session were Elmont School Trustees, Mayor Geoffrey Prime of South Floral Park and Trustee George Ingram. In addition to economic development initiatives, Education, Hempstead Turnpike Safety, Revitalization programs and more were actively discussed and explored in small groups and one-on-one with Senator Martins. “This listen session was a great success.

December 6, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Announces $100,000 in Grant Funding for Hempstead Turnpike

State Senator Jack Martins announced a $100,000 economic development revitalization grant for the Elmont community today which is yet another significant investment in Hempstead Turnpike. The grant comes on the heels of a multi-million dollar safety improvement project Governor Cuomo, Senator Martins, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Kemp Hannon delivered to the Elmont and Franklin Square communities a few months ago. The Martins grant funding will be used towards a streetscaping revitalization project on the Turnpike next to the new Elmont Public Library. The funding is a team effort with the Town of Hempstead, Councilman Edward Ambrosino and Supervisor Kate Murray.

December 6, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Thanks Elmont Firefighters for Sandy Response

State Senator Jack Martins met with first reponders and volunteer firefighters of the Elmont Fire Department to thank them for their hard work in the ongoing relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy. The Elmont volunteers have given tactical assistance and support to Long Beach and surrounding communities in the weeks since the storm. This effort is in addition to the hundreds of calls the department responded to during the Hurricane in the Elmont community. Senator Martins also thanked the Engine Company for the incredible job they performed in Elmont neighborhoods assisting families reeling from the destructive force of the hurricane. “The Elmont Fire Department is always there when we need them.

December 6, 2012
Read more...

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

A New Balancing Act

Writing this weekly column is one of my favorite things to do as your state senator. While it allows me to reflect on issues directly with you, it’s also been great for encouraging feedback that has been incredibly helpful to me as a freshman senator. From its inception, I wanted to avoid the typical government laundry list of events and notices that you might expect from legislators. Instead, I wanted this column to be something readers look for, a more honest and readable “inside” look at the workings of state government, warts and all.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you what I perceive as one of the more pressing issues facing our state and particularly Long Island.

December 5, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Attends Worship Services at Elmont's First Church of God

Senator Jack Martins recently attended Sunday services at the First Church of God in Elmont. Senator Martins attended the service at the invitation of Pastor Cecil Mathew and members of the congregation. The service centered on community, faith and helping one another in times of trouble and challenge. At the end of the service, children received special blessings from Church leaders. Pastor Mathew invited Senator Martins to address the congregation and listen to members as their special guest. Members talked about education, local schools and opportunities for young people.

December 5, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Visits Elmont Autism Program

Senator Jack Martins recently dropped by the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont to visit the Autism Academy and see how his “friends” in the program were progressing. Senator Martins visited the program earlier in the year where he met with students and listened to several classroom instruction periods as part of his listening tour of the district. The Autism program in Elmont is a cutting edge initiative that has received wide acclaim and support in the community. "This program really makes a difference in the lives of the children it serves," said Senator Martins noting, "the work the staff and teachers perform with our young people is not only respected throughout the State, but is a model that many districts look to emulate," said Senator Martins.

December 5, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Haiti Education Fundraiser at St. Boniface Church

Senator Jack Martins attended a recent special fundraising effort in Elmont to build bathrooms and additional classroom space for children in countryside hilltowns in Haiti. The fundraising initiative is chaired by Elmont resident David Duchatelier who has been instrumental in raising tens of thousands of dollars to build schools for children who do not have access to any educational institutions. The fundraiser was held at St. Boniface church where hundreds of Elmont residents attended the evening reception of food, fun and terrific Haitian music performed by local residents. Senator Martins was welcomed to the fundraiser by Father Eddy Julien of St. Boniface Church.

December 5, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Honors Elmont's 'Mayor' at Retirement Celebration

Senator Jack Martins saluted Elmont School District Community Affairs Coordinator Norma DeBartolo for her work and dedication at her retirement dinner at the Sandcastle in Franklin Square. Mrs. Debartolo, who is affectionately referred to as the “Mayor of Elmont,” is retiring at the end of this year after decades of service to the children in the Elmont Union Free School District. “Norma is a treasure and friend who gives of herself each and every day. From her days in the Pre-K program to working at every community event possible, Norma is an inspiration to everyone. I wish her all the best as she retires and spends time with her grandchildren and family. Elmont's Mayor is going to be sorely missed,” said Senator Martins.

December 4, 2012
Read more...

Senator Martins Swears In Dutch Broadway Student Council

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont to swear-in the new student government at Dutch Broadway School. Senator Martins spoke to the council and listened to their ideas on how to improve Dutch Broadway School in a town-hall style format. At the end of the discussion, new student President Lea Stewart, Vice President Marvia Pressoir and Secretary-Treasurer Hannah Meikle took the oath of office from Senator Martins as council members looked on.

December 4, 2012
Read more...

Work Begins on New Hyde Park PAL Gym

Work has begun to renovate the New Hyde Park PAL gym, including the much needed replacement of the gym floor, which was ravaged by flooding. "I am glad to see that work has begun on the new gym floor for the New Hyde Park PAL. Great job by the PAL is bringing the project to fruition," said Senator Martins.

Attending the most recent meeting were Senator Martins, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and County PAL director Sergeant Doug Kenah and PAL center director Kevin Worth.

November 30, 2012
Read more...