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Senator Martins Listens to Residents on Hurricane Impact

Senator Jack Martins was back on the streets of Elmont Thursday knocking on doors and meeting with families, seniors and young people regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Martins has been visiting communities throughout the 7th Senate district assessing hurricane damage and listening to community leaders.

“You have to get out and listen to what’s happening. I lost power for days at my own house and had to throw out food from my family refrigerator just like countless families and seniors. Trees are down, property is damaged and people are hurting. It’s also real frustrating. That’s why you need to be accessible and try to do the best you can to help people in their time of need,” said Senator Martins.

September 6, 2011
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Senator Martins, Senator Skelos Visit Watt Fuel Cell in Port Washington

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senator Dean Skelos were in Port Washington recently to take a tour of WATT Fuel Cell, a designer and developer of fuel cell systems.

Senator Martins and Senator Skelos met with Dr. Caine Finnerty, president of Watt Fuel Cell, as well as board member Jimmy Vilardi. Dr. Finnerty explained the technology Watt is working on that makes use of fuel through fuel cells.

“Watt Fuel Cell is on the cutting edge of developing efficient energy systems for portable power. It is a high technology business that is operating right here in Nassau County,” said Senator Martins. “It’s important that we have companies that are seeking alternate energy sources.”

September 6, 2011
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Tax Free Shopping Is Back In New York State

As Long Island families continue preparing to head back to school this fall, Senator Jack Martins wants to make sure that all consumers know that clothing and footwear purchases under $55 per item are again exempt from the New York State portion of sales tax.  The 4% state portion of the sales tax was eliminated in an effort to help consumers save money while bringing in additional revenue to stores throughout the state.  In addition, the 3/8% MTA portion of the sales tax was also eliminated for the areas affected, which includes both Suffolk and Nassau Counties.According to a memo released by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the exemption

September 2, 2011
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Website Created For Information on Tax Cap

A website has been created by the New York State Comptroller to give local governments information on the property tax cap. The legislation creating the tax cap was passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The law caps tax levy increases for local governments and school districts at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

The cap will go into effect for the 2012 fiscal year and the 2012-2013 school year.

The website can be found at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/realprop/index.htm.

September 1, 2011
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Martins Greets Miss Teen Long Island at Franklin Square Baseball Tournament

State Senator Jack Martins welcomed and congratulated Miss Teen Long Island Sabrina Mastrangelo at the Franklin Square-Elmont PAL Baseball All Star Tournament at Rath Park this past week. Martins, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla greeted the pageant winner at the beginning of the tournament that featured outstanding baseball players associated with the Nassau County Police Athletic League. For Martins, meeting Mastrangelo was a special honor as the teen won the pageant by basing her candidacy on an issue that the Senator has been championing since his election - cyberbullying. Mastrangelo got involved in the cause after seeing a cruel post online about one of her older classmates.

September 1, 2011
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Hurricane Irene Aftermath Information

Residents may find teh following websites helpful as we recover from Hurricane Irene.

New York State

http://governor.ny.gov

Long Island Power Authority

lipower.org

New York State Insurance Department

http://www.ins.state.ny.us

American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org

Federal Emergency Management Agency

http://www.fema.gov

Disaster Assistance

September 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Celebrates Magnet Lounge Opening in Elmont

A new sports lounge had their official opening in Elmont this past week where community members were invited to cut the ribbon at "Magnet" Sports and Entertainment Lounge. The opening was attended by community leaders and family members of owners Michael Mullings, Roger Williams and Barry White. State Senator Jack Martins was invited to the opening in commemoration of his support of the new business and revitalization efforts in the Elmont community.

September 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont Resident For His Work For VetDogs

Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident and Sewanhaka High School student J.P. Iacaona on the floor of the New York State Senate in recognition his work to assist veterans in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities. JP has raised over $5,700 to provide service dogs to disabled veterans and wounded warriors. America's VetDogs provide guide dogs, service dogs, and new technologies for disabled veterans. VetDogs serves men and women who have lost their eyesight or limbs, suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, giving them companions to help them lead a more active life.

August 31, 2011
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Tips For the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

State Senator Jack M. Martins provides the follwoing tips if you have property damage from Huricane Irene and need an insurance claim filed. If you have property damage and need an insurance claim filed:

The State Insurance Department recommends the following steps to help facilitate a smooth insurance claim:

· The first step to getting your home restored is to contact your insurance company and/or agent with your policy number and other relevant information. Be aware that your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame.

August 30, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Long Island Shows Its Resolve

We’ve had hail the size of baseballs, an earthquake, and now Hurricane Irene. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. Metaphors aside, each incident serves as an intense reminder that preparation is always the best prevention. Along those lines, we’ve heard debate for a number of years as to whether Long Island is prepared for a hurricane. I think this past weekend we demonstrated that we are.

August 30, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Successful Blood Drive With New York Blood Center

Senator Jack M. Martins and New York Blood Center joined forces on Wednesday, August 24 to hold a successful blood drive. A total of 20 pints of blood was collected in the New York Blood Center bus that was located at the Herricks Community Center.

Senator Martins held the blood drive in response to the need for blood during the summer months when not as much blood is collected. New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey alone, requires more than 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in its 200 partner New York and New Jersey hospitals. In fact, blood donations are even more needed during the summer months as many people go on vacation.

August 26, 2011
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NYS Volunteer and Rescue Association Thanks Senator Martins For Ambulance Safety Legislation

New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association President Michael Mastrianni visited the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters to thank Senator Jack M. Martins for recent legislation that was signed into law to create safer conditions for ambulance personnel.

Senator Martins sponsored legislation that gives ambulances and other emergency service vehicles the option of using rear projecting blue lights to prevent the possibility of being struck at night. Studies have shown that the blue light is the most noticeable light, and as a result, provides the highest level of safety.

August 26, 2011
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Better to Be Prepared

It looks as if Hurricane Irene has Long Island squarely in its sights. I hear many people falsely claiming that “it can’t happen here.” The fact is Long Island juts out into the Atlantic and is thus very vulnerable to hurricanes. We’ve been hit several times by category three hurricanes that have done tremendous damage, even claiming lives. The best offense is a good defense so I’m sharing some tips below to help you prepare. If you have a vulnerable neighbor – a senior or someone with a disability – be sure to check on them before and after the storm. If anyone has questions or a special need, don’t hesitate to call Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-0636.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS

August 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Gloria Ciolli of Roslyn for Establishing Exemplary Business Model

State Senator Jack M. Martins presented an official Senate Resolution recognizing the achievements of Gloria Ciolli of Roslyn for establishing an exemplary business.

Gloria was recently the recipient of the Sally Ann Slacke Memorial Award/Linda Jasper Memorial Award for developing an effective plan to help spark business growth within her company, Mediation & Collaborative Action Group, which she runs with Rita Medaglio-Barrera of Hauppauge.

Mediation & Collaborative Action Group specializes in effectively addressing and resolving family and business conflicts without threat of litigation through methods of mediation and collaboration.

Gloria is a licensed social worker and conflict specialist.

August 25, 2011
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Energy Rebate Program Announced for Refrigerators and Washing Machines

State Senator Jack M. Martins wants to let residents know that there The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced is a new $3 million rebate program specifically for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Sept. 2, 2011 under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

August 25, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With School Superintendents to Discuss New Teacher Evaluations

State Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents from school districts in the Seventh Senate District at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury to discuss the new teacher evaluations and the impact to the schools.

The new evaluations are tied to student performance on standardized tests and local tests. New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The new evaluations were designed by the State Board of Regents as part of the state’s application for the federal funds.

August 24, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Don't Fix What's Not Broken

One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.

August 23, 2011
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Senator Martins and NCC to Host Job Resource Workshop at Elmont Library

In an effort to help those looking for a new job, changing jobs or entering the workforce for the first time, State Senator Jack Martins and Nassau County Community College are sponsoring a “Job Resource Workshop” on September 17th at the Elmont Public Library Theatre and meeting rooms. The workshop and networking event is free and open to the public.

Registration for the workshop begins at 9:30am, classes proceed at 10am and complete at 1pm. A job resource networking social for participants will take place at 12:15 at the conclusion of the workshop. The Elmont Library is located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. Parking is available at the Library and the Alva T. Stanforth lot next door.

August 22, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits New Island Harvest Facility

Senator Jack M. Martins took a special tour of Island Harvest’s new facility, located in Hauppauge. Island Harvest, a food bank for Long Island, dedicates itself to fighting hunger utilizing many programs including a food collection and distribution program, mobile food pantry, Operation: Hope, Summer Food Service Program, Kids Weekend Backpack Program, Nutrition Education Taskforce, Social Services Taskforce and the Job Training Program.

It is estimated that Long Island Harvest serves 283,700 Long Islanders per year. Island Harvest provides food to be distributed by numerous organizations in the Seventh Senate District including those in Elmont, Great Neck, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Port Washington, Roslyn Heights and Westbury.

August 22, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

No thanks, I’ll swim…

After eight years as a mayor and these past eight months as a New York senator, I thought no instance of financial inefficiency could shock me anymore. I was wrong. This past week the Port Authority proposed fee hikes so extraordinary, so out of touch, that they took my breath away.

August 17, 2011
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