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Senator Martins Welcomes 'LENA' Dominican Restaurant to Elmont

State Senator Jack Martins went to lunch at Elmont's newest restaurant on Dutch Broadway called "LENA" Dominican Restaurant. The restaurant was opened by Elmont Memorial and Dutch Broadway School graduate Edwin Fernandez and his wife Mercedes. The restaurant serves Dominican and American cuisine and is open seven days a week. The restaurant is located in the "Ryans" store shopping plaza across the street from Dutch Broadway School. Senator Martins was given a tour of the restaurant and enjoyed lunch with the owners. "I want to wish Edwin and Mercedes the best of luck with "LENA" Restaurant. t's so great to see our young people coming back to the community and striving for their dreams. I was happy to support them and will be dropping by for lunch again," said Senator Martins.

February 6, 2012
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Senator Passes LIPA Oversight Bill, Governor Signs It Into Law

Not long after the State Senate passed a bill to improve oversight of LIPA, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law. The law requires LIPA to undergo periodic audits of internal policies and procedures to improve efficiency and transparency. The LIPA Board will be required to publicly present the findings and recommendations of the audit, allowing LIPA's decisions to be held to a more rigorous standard than those that currently exists for any other utility in the state. 

February 6, 2012
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Senate Passes DNA Databank Expansion Bill

Legislation Would Enact Governor's Proposal to Include Misdemeanors

The New York State Senate passed legislation for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

February 6, 2012
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Senators Martins, Zeldin and Fuschillo Seek Repeal of MTA Payroll Tax For Local Governments

Legislation Would Provide Tax Relief for Long Island

Senators Jack M. Martins and Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) have introduced a bill (S-6206) to exempt all counties, towns and villages from having to pay the MTA Payroll Tax. Senators Martins and Zeldin, since taking office last January, have been committed to eliminating the payroll tax that was enacted in 2009. The Senators are introducing the bill as a way to provide tax relief to municipalities that are still forced to pay the .34 percent tax per $100 of payroll to pay the MTA.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Martins Meets with Local Education Leaders in Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins along with colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator John Flanagan, met with school superintendents in Albany to discuss important issues affecting school districts. The school leaders that made the trip to Albany included Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan and Franklin Square School Superintendent Patrick Manley.

February 1, 2012
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Senator Martins-OKKK Karate Tournament Hosts Over 1,000

State Senator Jack M. Martins and the OKKK Karate School in Elmont hosted a Karate Tournament exposition at the Dutch Broadway School this past weekend. Well over 1,000 competitors, fans and families came through the tournament to watch competitors demonstrate kata, kobudo and kumite in the martial arts. Sensei Serge Clark and Senator Martins teamed together to put on the day which hosted over 270 competitors in medal winning action.

February 1, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Youth Leaders With Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

State Senator Jack M. Martins hosted his Dr. Martin Luther King Awards for Elmont youth this past week in a standing room only ceremony at the First Church of God in Elmont. The awards presentation highlighted area youth from Elmont and North Valley Stream for their leadership, commitment to social justice, volunteerism, scholarship and community service. The awards presentation hosted nearly two hundred members of the community made up of family and friends of the honorees.

February 1, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Local Governments Need Relief From MTA Payroll Tax

If you’ll indulge me, I’d ask you to imagine a very complex flow chart, one with a jumble of miniscule numbers and overlapping arrows pointing in every direction that are nearly impossible to decipher. That’s what government bureaucracies tend to create. But in my years of public service, I happen to have gotten pretty good at analyzing these labyrinths, tracing their complexities back to their respective centers. What’s more, I can now almost always predict what you’ll find there: an overburdened taxpayer that doesn’t know what hit him.

January 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Tours NCC's New Life Science Building

Senator Jack M. Martins and his Senate colleagues from Long Island toured the new Life Sciences Building at Nassau Community College.

The “U-shaped" Life Sciences building features laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, conference spaces, computer labs and group study spaces. The interior of the U contains an open-air courtyard. The new Life Sciences building will set the standard for all future new construction and renovation on campus.

January 30, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses How a Bill Becomes a Law at Our Lady of Victory School

Senator Jack M. Martins is currently sponsoring a “How a Bill Becomes a Law” Program with schools in the Seventh Senate District. Recently, Senator Martins visited Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park in to discuss with the students how a bill becomes a law in New York State. The purpose of the program is to engage students in the civic and governmental issues.

Senator Martins explained to the students that a bill often originates in the local communities an elected official represents. It may come from a local government or a concerned resident. A Senator can then introduce the bill in the New York State Senate.

January 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Takes Part in Community Readers Program at the Munsey Park School

Senator Jack M. Martins was among the guest readers at the Munsey Park School in Manhasset. Although it was a rainy Friday morning, it was bright and cheery within the confines of the Munsey Park School in Manhasset. Senator Martins and other elected officials such as Nassau County Legislature Judi Bosworth and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross had the opportunity to read with the students.

The program allows students to share books with leaders from the community who encourage the students to continue to read.

January 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Reads with Manorhaven School Students

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manorhaven School, where he received a warm welcome as a community reader. Senator Martins then read “Alphabet Adventure” by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood with Susan Cominski’s class.

Senator Martins spoke to the children about the importance of reading and listening to your parents. The students all enjoyed the book about the lower case letters of the alphabet on their way to the first day of school and being held up being the “i” losing its dot!

When Senator Martins is home from Albany, he enjoys visited the schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to meet students. He also currently is running the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” program for fourth and fifth grade students.

January 27, 2012
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Senate Passes Measures to Make New York Roads Safer

Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed measures to makes the roads safer, sending a loud and clear message that New York State must have zero tolerance when it comes to drunk, impaired or reckless driving.    

In a strong showing of bi-partisan cooperation, the Senate approved four separate measures designed to save lives, punish offenders and keep dangerous drivers off the streets.

- The first bill, which seeks to combat wrong way and reckless drivers, would establish a new class E felony crime of aggravated reckless driving. The new crime would be punishable by a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

January 26, 2012
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State Mandate Relief Council Holds First Meeting

Senator Martins Is Lone Member From Long Island

The New York State Mandate Relief Council, which was created as part of the tax cap legislation that went into law this year, met for the first time on Wednesday, January 25. Senator Jack M. Martins, the lone member from Long Island to sit on the 11-member council, said he is looking forward to working with his fellow council members to bring relief to local governments and school districts.

The council will be charged with reviewing mandates that are passed on to local governments and school districts. The elimination or modification of some of the regulations will result in costs savings for local governments and school district, which can then pass on the savings to taxpayers.

January 25, 2012
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Senator Martins Honors Wheatley Soccer Champions

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Wheatley School to congratulate the members of the boy’s soccer team who captured the Long Island Class B championship, the school’s first since 2004.

The Wildcats defeated Cold Spring Harbor 1-0 to become Long Island champions. Senior Jonathan Kowalczyk scored the winning goal after teammate, junior Daniel Solomon, attempted a shot with 47 seconds left in the second overtime. Junior goaltender Eric Orologio made five saves in the shutout win.

Senator Martins awarded each of the student-athletes with a Certificate of Merit and congratulated the team as well as head coach Steve Cadet and assistant coach Marco DaFonte on an outstanding season. The team then presented Senator Martins with a plaque with a team photo and roster on it.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Martins: State Aid to Long Island Schools Doesn't Add Up

I flipped through hundreds of pages until I found it. I was scanning the proposed budget released by Governor Cuomo last week, looking to see how our district fared with state aid, in particular the amounts for our school districts. I guess to say I was disappointed by what I saw is an understatement – the governor had proposed increasing state aid to education by 4%, yet time and again our districts were shortchanged.

January 23, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Port Washington Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center, which has been in existence since 1980, has developed a reputation as a treasure in the Port Washington community. Located in the Landmark building, the Parent Resource Center succeeds in its mission to provide a safe and healthy environment for parents and children to learn, have fun, and make friends.

This was no more evident than at holiday time when the PRC held a holiday party for parents and children who take advantage of the wide variety of programs the center offers. In attendance were State Senator Jack M. Martins and Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink to lend their support of the this parent-run cooperative.

January 23, 2012
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Senator Martins: Executive Budget Falls Short on Education Funding For Long Island Schools

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Senator Jack Martins and Senator Lee Zeldin today stated that the recent proposed executive budget which calls for a 4% increase in state aid to education does not provide Long Island schools with their fair share.

In the recently announced executive budget, Nassau and Suffolk Counties receive a disproportionate share of state education aid. Long Island is home to approximately 17 percent of the state’s students. However, out of the over $19.7 billion in state education aid appropriated for school districts statewide under the executive budget, aid to Long Island falls short.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Martins Brings 'How a Bill Becomes a Law' Program to Great Neck

Senator Jack M. Martins is currently sponsoring a “How a Bill Becomes a Law” Program with schools in the Seventh Senate District. Recently, Senator Martins visited the E.M. Baker School in Great Neck to discuss with the students how a bill becomes a law in New York State.

Senator Martins explained to the students that a bill often originates in the local communities an elected official represents. It may come from a local government or a concerned resident. A Senator can then introduce the bill in the New York State Senate.

January 20, 2012
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Senator Martins Introduces Bill to Discourage Prescription Drug Abuse

A multi-prong approach is needed to combat an epidemic that has reached a critical point in New York State. Senator Jack M. Martins has proposed a law in New York State that would encourage the use of medications that are tamper resistant in an effort to decrease prescription drug abuse on Long Island and in New York State.

According to a report by the New York State Attorney General, the number of prescription painkillers has increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to 22.5 million in 2010, an increase of almost 36 percent in New York. During that time, Oxycodone prescriptions have increased by 82 percent. According to the report, painkiller overdoses led to nearly 15,000 deaths in 2008.

January 18, 2012
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