Wally is a friend of mine. He’s 90 years old and a World War II veteran. He’s also a gentleman who long ago stopped worrying about what people think. Don’t get me wrong. He’s as sharp as a tack. It’s just that he speaks his mind and doesn’t sweat the outcome. You could be mayor, senator, or President of the United States, you work for him and he prides himself on “giving it to you straight.” I guess that’s a fringe benefit of a long life. It’s also why I have always valued his opinion.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mayor Matthew S. Bloomfield and the Village of Russell Gardens Board of Trustees in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Village of Russell Gardens.
"The Village of Russell Gardens had a rich history and, after 80 years, it remains of the best communities in our state. I was honored to be a part of the celebration, which honored the contributions of community members throughtout the years, building the village into a wonderful place to raise a family," said Senator Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins is partnering with NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Nassau County Police Department to help residents safely dispose of their expired or unused medications. The program is another quality of life initiative sponsored by Senator Martins for the Elmont, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Franklin Square, Bellerose Village, Bellerose Terrace, Stewart Manor and North Valley Stream communities.
Senator Jack Martins “Athletic Health and Fitness Day” was a huge success this past Saturday where hundreds of members of the Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park and Floral Park communities came out to learn about health and wellness issues at Elmont’s Valencia Gym. The program was developed by Martins and Elmont’s Valencia Gym, located on Hempstead Turnpike, to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for people of all ages.
“The turnout was sensational and a lot of fun was had by all,” said Senator Martins adding, “the specialized classes were filled and many people took the time to talk the outstanding staff of fitness experts at Valencia Gym about health issues. I‘m really glad I was able to partner with Valencia on this annual event.”
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled in Albertson recently for a special assembly during which he congratulated the basketball team on a well-earned win this summer against the Nassau County champion Elmont Spartans.
Prior to the assembly, Senator Martins met with the Henry Viscardi School board to discuss funding. During last year’s budget session, the executive’s budget proposal called for cuts to 4201 schools. Senator Martins, along with his colleagues in the Senate, fought to restore those cuts. Senator Martins told the board that he expects to have the same fight this next budget year.
Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon with the East Hills Seniors at East Hills Village Hall. Senator Martins was invited to speak by the village’s Senior Activities Committee. After giving a short presentation on his first legislative session in Albany, the seniors were ready with their questions and they fired away.
Senator Jack M. Martins was in the Village of Port Washington North on Sunday, October 9 to congratulate the village on the dedication of Bay Walk Park, Port North Pier and Bay Walk Outdoor Nautical Art Museum. Senator Martins was honored to join in the celebrating the project coming to fruition. The Bay Walk Nautical Art Museum offers a unique way for residents to enjoy the artwork of local artists. The Bay Walk Park and Port North Pier adds to the beauty of the village and, together with the museum, represents years of planning and determination in beautifiying the area.
Taking his listening tour back to the greater Elmont, South Floral Park, North Valley Stream and Franklin Square communities, State Senator Jack Martins huddled with College, High School and Graduate student leaders to talk about community issues. The listening session was the 11th such discussion in the greater area by Martins. “My goal is a simple one. We need to engage with all groups and people. We hear from civic groups, chambers of commerce and community leaders all the time. I wanted to hear from our younger leaders and listen to them,” said Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Plandome Heights Civic Association. Senator Martins is working with the association in trying to move along a project that addresses traffic calming on Plandome Road as part of the Safe Routes to School program, which is designed to help to implementing transporation projects that improve safety. A grant, announced in 2008 to to be administered to the Town of North Hempstead, has yet to be dispersed because of lack of the proper paperwork. However, after Senator Martins took office at the beginning of this year, he looked into what steps need to be taken to move the grant forward.
I’m a typical Long Islander which means I sometimes feel as if I live in my car. Clearly, life here is heavily shaped by our reliance on our vehicles. But over 100,000 Nassau residents also rely on our buses daily to get where they need to be. That’s why it’s especially important that we’re all aware of what’s happening with Long Island Bus and how it stands to impact friends and neighbors. To that end, I shared these concerns in a letter to Governor Cuomo last week.
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel both accepted an invitation to appear at a forum hosted by the Nassau County chapter of the League of Women Voters at the Manhasset Library. True to form, the League hosted an informative session as Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel spoke about a variety of important issues affecting the state and our local communities.
Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel have worked well together in Albany in a bi-partisan way for the communities they represent. The two legislators agree on some of the most important issues raised on the forum including the environment.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated each of the students from The Wheatley School who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and presented them with proclamations in recognition of their achievement. The students are: Liting Chiang, Ariel Fieldman, Remy Haber, Timothy Lee, William Schiela, Zohaib Shaikh, David Vakili and Tom Wang.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment that is indicative of the excellent education the students are receiving at The Wheatley School. I commend these outstanding young men and women for setting a great example for their classmates and community,” Senator Martins said.
It was an afternoon of pizza and politics at The Wheatley School as Senator Jack M. Martins visited the high school to have pizza and discuss politics with the student government. The students and Senator Martins had a discussion on a multitude of issues from healthcare to the environment to the state budget.
Some students were concerned about negative impacts to the environment as Senator Martins discussed hydro fracking, a process that is being considered to extract natural gas from shale upstate. Although proponents bring up the potential economic benefits of the process, Senator Martins shares the concerns of many community members who are worried about a potential negative impact to the drinking water.
Senator Jack M. Martins announced today that he will be hosting his 1st annual “Athletic, Health and Fitness Clinic” at Elmont’s Valencia Gym on Saturday, October 15. The clinic runs from 10am until 4pm and will service people of all ages for free. The program is another community outreach initiative by Senator Martins promoting quality of life issues and health lifestyle choices.
“The clinic is going to have countless classes aimed for high school students, college age, seniors and everyone in between,” said Senator Martins adding, “dietary choices, fitness, healthy lifestyles and workout sessions will be offered. There will also be special athletic boot camps, bodybuilding, fitness training for all ages and much more.”
Senator Jack M. Martins, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth joined together with Robin Schneider of the Eden Genesis Program to promote the upcoming 4th Annual Blazing Trails 4-Autism Four-Mile Run/Walk.
The run/walk will take place on Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m. with the start and finish at Great Neck South High School, located at 341 Lakeville Road in Great Neck. Proceeds will go to the Eden II and Genesis Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives.
I say I have an “enthusiasm for efficiency.” My wife says I just love saving money. Either way, this desire to find savings in government spending can sometimes be stifling.
That’s because, as we work to improve policies that may be harmful or burdensome to our taxpayers and constituents, we often encounter entrenched interests determined to make it difficult every step of the way. Yet, every once in a while, common sense makes a comeback and those moments are what make my service to you very satisfying.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with the Village of Floral Park on Saturday, October 1 to pay tribute to the Floral Park residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The ceremony marked an historic moment in the Village of Floral since a monument was unveiled, featuring a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The monument is located in front of Floral Park Village Hall.
The September 11th Families Association began taking requests from organizations interested in obtaining steel artifacts from the World Trade Center. Floral Park Firefighters Eric O’Connor and Mike Saville submitted a letter requesting an artifact. The Floral Park Fire Department was later notified that the village had been awarded a beam.
That's the question sixth grade students are asked to answer in Senator Jack M. Martins 2011 Sixth Grade Thanksgiving Essay Contest.
All sixth grade students in the Seventh Senate District are invited to participate by writing an essay of no more than 250 words about what you are most thankful for. There will be a winner selected from every school in the Seventh Senate District. Each winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and an invitation to a special reception!
Funding is still available through New York State’s Storm Relief Appliance Rebate Program, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In addition, if the FEMA or insurance award does not cover the entire cost of the replacement of eligible appliances or equipment, residents can apply for the NYSERDA rebate, as long as the two payments together do not exceed the cost of the replacement.