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Port Washington Chabad Celebrates Beginning of Hanukah With Menorah Lighting

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in the Menorah lighting at the Port Washington train station on December 20, the beginning of the Festival of Lights. The ceremony was led by Rabbi Paltiel of the Port Washington Chabad. Happy Chanukah and may the lights of Chanukah shine bright and provide warmth during this holiday season.

December 21, 2011
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Senators Martins and Skelos Address County Seat Kiwanis Club

Senator Jack M. Martins and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos were guests of the County Seat Kiwanis. The Senators were invited by the Honorable Scott Fairgrieve to speak to the organizations about state governments and the accomplishments this year in Albany. The County Seat Kiwanis meets Monday mornings at 8 a.m. at IHOP in Williston Park.

December 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Receives Generous Toy Donation From Harbor Hills School in Roslyn

Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a toy drive to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Recently, the Harbor Hills School gave a generous donation to the cause. The toys will be distributed by The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island to a local children's hospital. "The generosity of the students, parents and staff of the Harbor Hills School is overwhelming. This is for a great cause and I can't thank the school enough for their work in making the holidays brighter for other children. Thank you and happy holidays," Senator Martins said

December 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Meeting of North West Civic Association of Hicksville

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a meeting of the North West Civic Association of Hicksville. Senator Martins wanted to wish the members a very happy holiday season.

December 19, 2011
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Delvering For Our Taxpayers: Tax Cuts, Tax Cap Go Into Effect January 1

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of  $690 million in personal income tax relief.

A tax relief measure for manufacturers that will help them expand and create new jobs will also take effect next year, beginning January 1, 2012, as will provisions for flood relief and recovery, and the implementation of inflation adjustments to reduce personal income taxes.

December 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Elmont Memorial High School Football Team

The Elmont Spartan Football team was honored by State Senator Jack Martins on their outstanding season which took them all the way to the Hofstra finals. Throughout the season, Senator Martins was on the sidelines during several games in the sunshine and in the snow with team members and Principal John Capozzi during the regular season. This past week, Senator Martins visited with team members and congratulated them for not only making All-County, but also their outstaning season. Joining Senator Martins in the presentation was Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Athletic Director Pete Gaffney and Captains Jeffery Brenya, Ben Odugbesan, Kyle Johnson and Nikai Carter.

December 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits the Rotary of Westbury/Carle Place

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury/Carle Place Rotary.

The Rotary is a community service organization comprised of members who use their talents in service to the community.

December 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Introduces 'How a Bill Becomes a Law?' Program For 4th and 5th Grade Students

Senator Jack M. Martins wants to hear your ideas!

Senator Martins is sponsoring a program for all 4th and 5th grade students in the Seventh Senate District to submit an idea for legislation. The program is designed to encouraged students to learn about government by being active participants.

Submissions will be accepted from January 2 through February 2. Ideas will be reviewed as Senator Martins heads to the State Capitol for the 2012 Legislative Session!

December 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Elmont SADD and Key Club for Service

Members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Key Club were thanked for their community service by Senator Jack Martins this past week for volunteering at the annual Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament. The clubs sold food and baked items during the games in an effort to raise funds. Dozens of club members worked shifts and fed hundreds of spectators during the fundraising tournament. "Key Club and SADD did a terrific job at the tournament and served alot of food. The work the volunteers put into the event was outstanding and the crowd loved it," said Senator Martins adding, "the member of Key Club and SADD made sure nobody left hungry!"

December 15, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Searingtown School on Optimum-Lightpath Grant

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, awarded a $10,000 grant the Searingtown School in Albertson to roll out ambitious new technology-driven learning programs. The grant program was open to public and private elementary and secondary schools in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Grants were awarded based on how the school would:

· Leverage technology to improve instruction;

· Promote the use of technology to improve the overall education experience;

· Utilize new technology to promote distance learning; and

· Create new school initiatives centered around new technologies.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Soccer Conference Champs

State Senator Jack Martins saluted the Elmont Boys Soccer team this morning and presented team members with New York State Senate Citations commemorating their conference championship season. Senator Martins joined Principal John Capozzi, Athletic Director Pete Gaffney and Coach Pat Corvetti in the presentation to Senior Team Captains Richard Robinson and Justin Okoro. "The Elmont Soccer team made the entire Elmont and North Valley Stream community proud with their conference championship. They worked incredibly hard and earned every win they posted," said Senator Martins adding, "I'm honored to have been able to join Elmont Memorial High School in recognizing them and Coach Corvetti on their outstanding season."

December 14, 2011
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Historic Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan Signed Into Law

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan at the Cornwell Avenue School in West Hempstead, The bill, that as passed by the New York Senate last week, reduces the state tax burden for millions of New Yorkers to their lowest levels in more than fifty years. The far-ranging plan also strengthens our economy and creates jobs by eliminating the MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of employers that currently pay it, provides funds for state infrastructure projects and tax credits for youth employment. The plan provides a total $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.

December 12, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Martins

Tax Cuts For the Middle Class

I couldn’t wait to sit down and pen this column, and to be frank, I wasn’t sure the day would ever come. The subject is a tax cut for the middle class, an issue discussed relentlessly by politicians, but one that has proven to be a rare and elusive animal in the world of real policy. Now, after over fifty years of increased New York State income taxes, it became a reality this past week in Albany.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Roots on Elmont in Petrocelli Classic

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Gregg Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament at Elmont Memorial High School this past weekend. The tournament is held in memory of Petrocelli, a coach and well respected guidance counselor at Elmont Memorial High School. The tournament hosts basketball games all day and celebrates the memory of Petrocelli who was know to a man where "everything he touched, he changed" positively for people. Senator Martins attended both classic basketball games featuring the Elmont Spartans, H. Frank Carey Seahawks and the Freeport Red Devils. "The Petrocelli Classic is a day where we remember a great educator, coach, father figure and man who inspired many young people in Elmont.

December 12, 2011
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Martins Congatulates First Class Scouts

State Senator Jack Martins participated in the St. Vincent DePaul Boy Scout Advancement Ceremony for Boy Scouts this past week. The members of the troop are from the Elmont and Franklin Square communities. Troop Leader Anthony Maffea invited Senator Martins to participate in the ceremony and participate in the "Board of Review." "I want to congratulate Anthony Maffea Jr, Wade Goldblum, Nicholas Bentivenga and Vincent Gatto on advancing to 1st Class Boy Scouts! It was an honor to serve on the Board of Review and participate in this very special ceremony," said Senator Martins.

December 9, 2011
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Senator Martins - Legislative Report From Albany

Senator Martins discusses new Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan from Albany as well as recent events that took place in the Seventh Senate District.

December 8, 2011
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Senator Martins on the Senate Floor About the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan

Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about supporting a bill to cut taxes for middl-class taxpayers on the floor of the Senate on December 7, 2011.

December 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Announces Historic $3.3 Billion Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan

Extensive Bill Signed by Senate, Assembly and Governor Will Amend Tax Code, Cut MTA Payroll Tax

Along with Governor Cuomo and the Assembly, the New York Senate today passed an historic Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that reduces the state tax burden for millions of New Yorkers to their lowest levels in more than fifty years. The far-ranging plan also strengthens our economy and creates jobs by eliminating the MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of employers that currently pay it, provides funds for state infrastructure projects and tax credits for youth employment. The plan provides a total $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.

December 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Honored at Elmont Soccer Breakfast

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont at the invitation of the Elmont Soccer Club on the occasion of their annual Soccer breakfast held at Applebees Restaurant. The fundraiser for the Soccer Club was sold out with hundreds of Elmont Soccer stars and community residents gathered to celebrate the success of the club. Senator Martins called the breakfast “an outstanding show of community support for Elmont’s young people.”

December 6, 2011
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Senators Visit Henry Viscardi School

Senator Jack M. Martins invited his colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Carl Marcellino, for a visit to the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson. The purpose of the visit was for the Senators see the great work that the school does in providing a top-notch education with students who have a disability.

The Henry Viscardi School is one of the true treasures of education. The staff creates a learning and caring environment for all students. I share the school's belief in educational opportunities for all. Students do not let any disabillity stop them from reaching their goals and being successful in their academics and extra-curricular activities. They are a source of inspiration and I am proud to represent them in the New York State Senate."

December 5, 2011
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