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Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Issues Preliminary Report

Less than three months after Senate leaders launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley.

February 6, 2013
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Senator Martins Calls On Governor to Let Utility Tax Expire, Provide Savings to Ratepayers

Senator Jack M. Martins joined in Albany with his colleagues as well as many statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Proposed Soccer Stadium For Belmont Park on 'Your Voice'

On the latest edition of the cable television show, "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discussed the proposed New York Cosmos soccer stadium for the south lot of Belmont Park in Elmont. The proposal represents a significant investment in the community. It will bring thousands of new jobs to the area as well as tax revenue with the potentional to spark further economic development for the area.

February 5, 2013
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Senator Martins Holds Pizza and Politics in Port Washington with Weber Middle School Students

Senator Jack M. Martins was at Weber Middle School on Friday, February 1 for Pizza and Politics with sixth grade students. The students discussed the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy with Senator Martins as they remembered the essays they entered for Senator Martins’ Thanksgiving Essay Contest. The students reiterated that they were thankful to have their homes and families and shelter as well as their school.

Senator Martins also spoke to the students about the role of a senator in Albany and about how a law is changed.

After Pizza and Politics, Principal Rodahan bestowed a special hour on Senator Martins by giving him the “Pride” pin for making the students feel special.

February 4, 2013
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Senator Martins Congratulates Cow Bay Theatre Company on First Production

Port Washington’s new theatre group, the Cow Bay Theatre Company, held its first presentation on January 24 with a production of “Love Letters,” a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winner A.R. Gurney.

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the production at The Jeanne Rimsky Theater at the Landmark on Main Street to thank the Cow Bay Theatre Company for their commitment to the art and to wish them much success in the future.

Senator Martins presentation Senate Proclamations to actor Burt Young, the Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation and Angela Susan Anton, publisher of Anton Community Newspapers for their contributions to the arts in the community and for being the recipients of the Cow Bay Theatre Company’s first annual awards.

 

February 1, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Budget on 'Your Voice'

In this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discsussed such topics as a proposal to flatten pension contribution rates in order to bring relief to local governments and school districts as well as the Governor's proposed budget and fighting for more state aid for Long Island schools.

January 31, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Cosmos Country

Do you recall being in one room and hearing the theme music for your favorite television show emanating from the living room? I liken it to a trumpet call as we scrambled to take our places in front of the old boob tube.

January 29, 2013
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Senator Martins Reappointed Chair of Local Government Committee

Senator Jack M. Martins was reappointed chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government. He served the last two years as the chair of that committee. Senator Martins has a background in local government and understands the issues facing local governments.

His additional committee assignments include:

Banks

Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

Social Services

Civil Service and Pensions

Insurance

January 28, 2013
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Senator Martins Discusses Sandy Relief on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins recently appeared on 'Your Voice,' a cable televsion show, during which he discussed the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy and the efforts to rebuild.

January 28, 2013
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Senator Martins Participates in 'Guess Whose Coming to Read' at Munsey Park School

Senator Jack M. Martins recently participated in the “Guess Who’s Coming to Read” program at the Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset. Senator Martins read “The Incredible Storybook” with the students. The students thanked the Senator for visiting their class and for sharing their love of reading with them.

January 25, 2013
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Senator Martins' Plan to Create Stability For Pension Rates Reaches Governor's Executive Budget

As a former mayor of village, a member of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council and chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Jack M. Martins is all too familiar with the challenges facing local governments, the greatest of which are skyrocketing pension rates.

“It’s the number one concern of local officials who must meet these enormous obligations while also complying with our new tax cap,” Senator Martins stated this past summer while attending Mandate Relief Council meetings, where he listened to testimony of numerous officials from local government and school districts. “It’s the way the system is set up – requiring ever increasing contributions precisely when the economy is at its worst and municipalities are least able to pay.” 

January 25, 2013
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Senator Martins Takes Part in Senate Hearing to Discuss Post-Sandy Recovery

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the Senate hearing to consider to consider possible infrastructure and construction improvements, zoning changes and beach protection when rebuilding in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in order to best prevent destruction from the next big storm.

The hearing was held by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino. Among those who testified was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who stated that the county was working with state and federal engineers in developing a regional solution to harden such critical infrastructure.

January 18, 2013
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Senator Martins Delivers Grant to Mineola Schools

Funding Used for Technology to Enhance Student Learning

The Mineola School District, thanks to the efforts of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler, the Board of Education, administrators and community, is on the cutting edge of employing technology as a effective tool for teaching and learning.

Using grant funding obtained by Senator Jack M. Martins, the district purchased IPads for use in the classroom at Mineola Middle School to enhance the solid education students are already receiving. Recently, Senator Martins visited the middle school, meeting with Dr. Nagler and Principal Matt Gaven, to see how the IPads are being used.

January 18, 2013
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Senator Martins Reads with Students at Manorhaven School in Port Washington

As part of the Manorhaven School's Read Aloud program, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the school to read Fantastic Flying Books by Morris Lessmore. Senator Martins had a wonderful time reading with the children from Haut's class.

January 17, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended first meeting of the new year of the Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce meeting. Senator Martins spoke about the importance of small businesses as well as economic development efforts in the area, spearheaded by a proposal for the Cosmos to build a state-of-the-art soccer stadium at Belmont Park.

The senator thanked all of the members for all they do for the Franklin Square community.

January 17, 2013
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Senator Martins on Gun Control

Don’t Mistake Motion for Progress

There’s been a lot of talk about gun control lately but not enough thinking. It’s an understandable knee-jerk reaction to the heartbreaking massacre at Newtown that has jolted us into action on gun-violence, but we must guard against the ideologues on both the left and the right who seek to hijack the discussion with nonsense that is neither grounded nor realistic. This issue is too important and the sensible people in the middle must resist being crowded out.

January 14, 2013
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Senator Martins Honors Carle Place Hero

Presents High School Senior Frances Bruschi with the New York State Senate Library Medal

It’s sometimes difficult to stay positive with all the sad news happening around us. But, occasionally there comes a story that makes us feel good about the future of our state and nation. Enter 17-year-old Frances Brusch.

Frances is an unassuming high school senior from Carle Place who also attends Barry Tech. Her quick-thinking, alertness and will to act just may have saved a fellow student’s life.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Martins Attends LIA Annual State of the Counties Report

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Long Island Association State of the Counties report with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who reported on the issues facing Nassau and Suffolk Counties respectively.

January 11, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Signed, Sealed and DELIVERED

There was a lot going on, but I didn’t forget. Even though the last year was widely recognized as one of the most successful for the New York Legislature in decades, for most of us, progress is still measured on the streets where we live, right in our own neighborhoods.

January 11, 2013
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More to Do

Senator Martins Takes Oath of Office For Second Term

Senator Jack M. Martins’ first term in Albany, representing the Seventh Senate District, may go down in state history as the two yeasr during which New York was transformed from a dysfunctional state government to one that in which things get done.

January 10, 2013
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