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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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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

Senator Martins Congratulates 2013 Intel Semifinalists

There were 53 semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talen Search and the high schools in the Seventh Senate District were well represents. Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates this year's semifinalists and wishes them continued success. Forty finalists will be announced on January 23.

Congratulations to:

Intel Science Semifinalists – 7th Senate District

Great Neck North

Menglu Dong, 17

Julia Zhuang, 17

Great Neck South

David Kim, 17

Cyrus Zhou, 17


Meenakshi Krishna, 17

Benjamin Pleat, 17


Nick Fiacco, 17

North Shore Hebrew Academy

Yonatan David, 17

January 10, 2013

Important Information on Seasonal Flu

We are in the midst of the winter months and many people are experiencing flu-like symtoms even though some may have had the flu shot. Here is some information you may find helpful if you are either experiencing symptoms or to help avoid the flu:



January 10, 2013

Intern for Senator Martins Raises Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness

Mineola High School Senior Eric Timlin, an intern at the District Office of State Senator Jack M. Martins, wanted his senior project to be something that would benefit his classmates and the community as a whole. Timlin decided to organize an assembly at Mineola High School about a problem that has come to light in recent years – the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Recently, the New York State Senate added a powerful tool to combat the epidemic through a new law, entitled I-STOP, that was co-sponsored by Senator Martins. The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, creates an online database accessible to doctors and pharmacists who will be able to identify who is getting excessive prescriptions of narcotics.

January 7, 2013

Groundbreaking in Mineola-Carle Place on Project to Alleviate Flooding

Senator Martins Secures Funding to Put an End to Longstanding Problem

Ground has been broken on a project to alleviate flooding in the Bruce Terrace/Fairfield areas of Mineola and Carle Place. The flooding has been a decades-old problem plaguing some of the residents of those areas who experienced flooding in their homes as a result of heavy rains. However, the end of the problem is now within sight. Senator Jack M. Martins was able to secure a grant, which he distributed to the Village of Mineola, Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County , bringing the three governmental entities together to put an end to the longstanding problem.

January 4, 2013

State Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery Meets on Long Island

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited communities on Long Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.

Today’s meeting focused on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and included tours of Freeport, Island Park, and Oceanside to view the extensive storm damage and recovery efforts. This was the second meeting of the Bipartisan Senate Task Force for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, which first met on December 10, 2012, in the Rockaways in Queens.

January 3, 2013

Statement on House of Representatives Adjourning Without Approving Sandy Aid


"There are people living without heat, running water and electricity during the coldest days of the winter and the House of Representatives adjourns without approving the aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Shame on them. There are people struggling from the effects of a devastating storm. To just go home without even a vote is inexcusable."

January 2, 2013

New Year Brings New Laws in New York State

The following is from Senator Jack M. Martins:

I hope that you had a happy and safe holiday. As we approach the new year, I wanted to remind you of the new laws that will be taking effect on January 1, 2013. These new laws include greater protections for domestic violence victims, a new tax exemption to encourage use of solar energy and a measure to allow eligible colleges and universities in New York State to self-insure their students for health insurance.

The new laws taking effect include:

January 2, 2013

Happy Holidays From Senator Jack M. Martins

I received an e- mail from Afghanistan in late October – actually from one of our local guys from New Hyde Park who is currently stationed there.

He serves in what is uniquely known as one of the Navy’s “Force Reintegration Cells.” It’s not what you might think, though. His unit actually distributes small grants and community funding for local projects, most of the time using the former insurgent fighters as laborers on the projects. Each leaves the fight “honorably” and each represents one less fighter or suicide bomber for the Taliban. As he notes in his message,

“As a native New Yorker, I was very skeptical at first, but I have to admit, that the program is working. We’ve peacefully removed 5,000 insurgent fighters from the battle space…”

December 21, 2012

Senator Martins Honors Winners of 2012 Thanksgiving Essay Contest

For the second straight year, sixth grade students throughout the Seventh Senate District were asked to write an essay for Senator Jack M. Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest on what they are most thankful for. A winner was selected from each school and recognized at a reception at the Hillside Library.

December 21, 2012

Senator Martins Announces Regional Economic Development Awards for Seventh Senate District

Awards Going to Winthrop Hospital and Town of Hempstead For Belmont Area Revitalization

Senator Jack M. Martins announced that projects in the Seventh Senate District that will create jobs will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 20, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins


I am angry. I am sad. I am resolute. The tragedy of Newtown is the tragedy of each and every community in every corner of our country. It could have happened anywhere. It is not a partisan issue, or a regional issue, and knows no ideology.

Everyone’s asking, “What’s happening to this country of ours?” But answers require a good, hard look in the mirror and won’t be found in Washington DC, or state capitals. Instead, they reside directly in us, and unfortunately that makes people uncomfortable. That’s too bad. We’re going to have to get past this discomfort, or we condemn ourselves to a future of burying the innocent.

December 19, 2012

Senator Martins Wishes Beatrice Hubbard a Happy 106th Birthday!

Senator Jack M. Martins, Village of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and “Mr. Mineola” John Davanzo recently visited a special Mineola resident. On Friday, December 14. Senator Martins, Mayor Strauss and Mr. Davanzo went to an apartment in a complex on Mineola Boulevard to wish resident Beatrice Hubbard a happy 106th birthday. That right – 106!

Beatrice was born on December 14, 1906, the same year the Village of Mineola was incorporated. In 2006, as part of the village’s centennial celebration, Senator Martins, who was then-Mayor of Mineola, named Ms. Hubbard the Grand Marshal for the village’s 100th anniversary parade.

December 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 14, 2012

Press Conference: Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery Announced

In a warming center in Rockaway Beach, an area devastating by Hurricane Sandy, Senator Dean Skelos announced the creation of the New York State Senate's Bipartisan Task Force For Hurricane Sandy Recovery.

December 14, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Hanukkah Celebration at the Lake Success Jewish Center

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Lake Success Jewish Center for a Hanukkah celebration. Senator Martins was honored to have shared in the celebration of the Festival of Lights with Rabbi Klayman and Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth.


December 13, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Northwest Civic Association of Hicksville Holiday Party

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Northwest Civic Association of Hickville Holiday Party, where he took part in the installation of officers. Senart Martins cnogratulates Joel Berse (President), Mary Garone (1st Vice President), Jeff Negron (2nd Vice President), Terri Carson (Recording Secretary), Barbara Berse (Corresponding Secretary), Subodh Batra (Treasurer), Jo-ann Broska (Sergeant at Arms), Prabha Batra (Trustee), Joey Pizzo (Trustee) and Len Ober (Trustee) for all of their work in helping Hicksville to remain a wonderful community.

December 13, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Westbury Senior Holiday Party

Senator Jack M. Martins had the pleasure of attending the Westbury Senior Holiday Party, where he joined in the holiday celebration. Among the other elected officials in attendance were Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Deputy Mayor Joan Boes, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and Assemblyman Michael Montesano.

Senator Martins greeted many friends and wished them a very happy holiday season.

December 13, 2012

Environmental Assessment of Colonial Road Bridge Available For Public Comment

A project to rebuild the Colonial Road Bridge in the Village of Thomaston is nearing reality thanks to the efforts of Senator Jack M. Martins and Thomaston Village Mayor Robert Stern, who worked together with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams in appropriately addressing community concerns over the project.

Upon taking office in 2011, Senator Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, facilitated discussions with Mayor Stern and the LIRR so that the bridge could be rebuilt without negatively impacting the residential community.

December 13, 2012