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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Altar of Political Correctness

March 27, 2012
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Bill Introduced By Senator Martins to Rename Roslyn Viaduct Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant has passed the Senate. The inspiration for the bill (S.6240) comes from the community's strong commitment to preserve its history.

Mr. Bryant, a prominent poet and civic leader in the 19th Century, is one of Roslyn’s most famous residents, having served as editor of the New York Evening Post for half a century. Mr. Bryant purchased a country house in Roslyn in 1843, which remained in his family until the 1970s.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth

State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Sewanaka Central High School District Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth on his sensational victories in county meets throughout this swimming season this past week. Buissereth qualified for the Nassau County Championships and has posted some outstanding wins capturing 1st place six times in the 200 freestyle and winning the Metros Silver Championship for the 100 meter breastroke. Aaron is a member of the class of 2014 at Elmont Memorial High School where he is a high achieving student and involved in volunteer activities. "It was a great honor talking to Aaron and hearing about his outstanding acheivement. He trains hard and is an outstanding student.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Celebrates with Elmont at World Language Festival

State Senator Jack Martins joined with over 350 Elmont Memorial High School students this past weekend for their annual "World Language Festival." The evening celebrated foreign languages, food and culture in the Elmont Memorial High School gymnasium. Senator Martins was welcomed by Foreign Language teachers, students and community members in the very popular celebration. The evening features a great assortment of foods from around the world as well as music, entertainment and a fashion show. "I've come to the World Language Festival two years in a row and it never ceases to amaze me the great support and excitement it brings. The talent our young people have along with the deep appreciation of our diverse cultures makes this night so special.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins to Host NYU Dental Van in Port Washington April 21

Senator Jack M. Martins will be hosting the New York University College of Dentistry "Smiling Faces, Going Places" Mobile Dental Care Program to provide oral health screenings to children and adults in the Seventh Senate District on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Roberta Nixon Housing, 72 Harbor Homes, Port Washington, New York 11050.

The dental team will provide oral screenings, which include a general inspection of the mouth. No dental treatment will be rendered. At the conclusion of the screening, each patient will receive a "goodie bag" filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and oral healthcare information.

March 26, 2012
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Senate Passes Tough Insurance Fraud Measures

The New York State Senate passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.

March 26, 2012
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Update From Albany: Senator Martins Talks About Mandate Relief, State Budget on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about his role on the Mandate Relief Council as well as efforts to pass a fiscally responsible state budget during "Your Voice," a legislative update show from Albany.

March 22, 2012
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Senate Passes Measures to Reduce Pesticide Waste

The New York State Senate passed two bills that would reduce the amount of pesticides that are unnecessarily released into the environment. The bills have environmental and economic benefits by reducing the amount of pesticides needing to be applied or disposed of as hazardous waste.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Martins Welcomes Port Washington Children's Center to Senate Floor

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the members of the Port Washington Children’s Center to the floor of the New York State Senate. The center has been serving the community for the past 35 years, providing nurturing programs that allow children to develop learning and social skills with the help of experienced teachers and staff.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Martins Welcomes Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition to Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomes the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition to Albany for Breast Cancer Advocacy Day. The coaltiion has a seat on the New York State Breast Cancer Network.

Since 1992, the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition has been dedicated to the battle against breast cancer through education and advocacy of breast cancer research.

March 22, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Cutting Through the Baloney

This past week saw the state legislature, Senate and Assembly, work with the Governor to pass significant legislation and reforms in what is being hailed as a week of momentous initiative. Unfortunately, no matter how much was positively accomplished, there will always be special interests that focus on the negatives and attempt to diminish the accomplishments as insufficient to their cause.

March 19, 2012
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Senate Measure to Combat Crime by Expanding DNA Databank Signed Into Law

A measure passed by the New York State Senate to expand the DNA Databank to include all crimes has been signed into law. The measure is seen as a major tool to protect New Yorkers and bring justice to crime victims by requiring that DNA sample be collected from everyone convicted of a felony or penal law misdemeanor.

“The use of DNA assists our law enforcement in solving crimes and is a valuable tool in prosecuting criminals as we work to protect the safety of our citizens,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the measure.

March 16, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Local Events, State Budget on 'Your Voice'

Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" in Albany, where he discussed the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Mineola, his bill to protect Long Islands' drinking water from hydrofracking waste, honoring two extraordinary students from Great Neck South and Commack High Schools for their groundbreaking research, his "How a Bill Becomes a Law" program, his bill to allow villages and school districts to continue using lever voting machines and efforts to pass a fiscally sound state budget.

March 14, 2012
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Senator Martins Informs Residents About Household Appliance Rebate Program

Senator Jack M. Martins is informing residents about a program which will provide rebates to residents who purchase high-efficiency refrigerators and clothes washers. The rebate program, which is being administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will begin on Monday, March 19th.

March 13, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Big Picture

You might be familiar with the tale of the traveler who journeyed through Europe several hundred years ago. He came upon a village where there was a great deal of construction. He walked directly into the activity and asked a stone mason, “Excuse me sir, what’s going on here?” The worker replied curtly, “Can’t you see? I’m cutting stone.” The traveler approached another worker and asked the same question. The second replied, “Can’t you see? I’m preparing a foundation.” The traveler then approached a third laborer with the same question. The third mason paused and looking up at the edifice, replied, “Can’t you see? We’re building a cathedral.”

March 12, 2012
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Martins Home Mortgage Safety Seminar Hosts Hundreds

Over 437 local residents packed the Elmont Public Library this past Saturday for Senator Jack Martins’ “Home Mortgage Safety Seminar.” The program, sponsored by Senator Martins, was a partnership with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices. Also participating in the seminar were Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Sovereign Bank, New York Communities for Change and Bank of America. Residents from Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Westbury, New Cassell, Bellerose Terrace and North Valley Stream packed the Elmont Library.

March 12, 2012
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Senator Martins Helps Great Neck Scouts Earn Citizenship in the Community Badge

Senator Jack M. Martins helped members of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Great Neck earn their Citizenship in the Community Badge. As part of the badge requirements, the Scouts had to meet with a local leader to discuss community issues. On Saturday, March 11, the Scouts met with Senator Martins at his District Office in Garden City Park. The Scouts had a roundtable discussion about issues concerning their community.

“The Boy Scouts and Girl Scout are noble organizations that help shape our youth into future leaders. I was glad to help and will continue to support them,” said Senator Martins.

March 12, 2012
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Senate Republican Conference Announces 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan

Plan Would Create Jobs, Cut Taxes and Control State Spending

Members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced details of the 2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan that includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on soon.

March 7, 2012
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Senate Passes Package of Sex Crime Bills

The New York State Senate passed a series of bills, with the support of Senator Jack M. Martins, increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.

The Senate passed legislation (S.1541A) that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents. Currently, there are no additional penalties for sexual contact with a minor by persons in a position of trust.

March 7, 2012
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Senators Martins and Flanagan Honor Long Island Students For Cancer Research

Senators John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Jack Martins (7th Senate District) joined together to recognize Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang for their efforts to study experimental nanoparticles in an effort to better treat and diagnose cancer in human.  The two students were honored by the full Senate and presented with New York State Senate Resolutions for recently being recognized nationally for their joint project and for their dedication in the fight against cancer.

March 6, 2012
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