The New York State Senate passed legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence and establish stronger criminal penalties to punish individuals who commit acts of domestic violence.
The bill (S7638) represents a three-way agreement among the Senate, Governor Cuomo and the Assembly. It includes several important provisions included in bills that have already passed the Senate this year, such as bail reforms and increased penalties for domestic violence crimes.
Legislation Also Passed that Allows Volunteer Firefighters to be Absent from Work During States of Emergency
The Senate apassed a bill (S.6368A) that would allow members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads to take an authorized absence from work when they respond to a state of emergency.
Senator Jack M. Martins strongly supported the bill. “Our firefighters and emergency personnel are always to respond it times of emergency. They should have the security to know that their jobs will be protected when they are serving to protect their communities in times when there is a state of emergency,” he said.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County held a forum at the Port Washington Library with New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently. The League extended an invitation to both legislators who were happy to hold the forum during which members of the League and the public were invited to ask any questions they chose.
The members of the League and the public asked numerous questions on many important issues related to state and local government. Issues addressed included LIPA’s response to power outages, property taxes, hydro-fracking, gambling and local issues. Upon completion of the forum, the two lawmakers received an ovation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.