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Senator Martins Collects Food in Manhasset to Benefit Island Harvest

Senator Jack M. Martins was in front of King Kullen in Manhasset on a recent Saturday for a food drive to benefit Island Harvest. After visiting Island Harvest earlier in the yearand meeting with President and CEO Randi Dresner, Senator Martins promise to hep replenish the food bank, especially as the holidays are approaching and the demand for food increases.

A total of 110 pounds of food was donated. “I want to thank King Kullen for allowing us to use the outside of the store and to all those who stopped by to generously donate a food item. It will go a long way towards helping Island Harvest provide the support they have been providing for so many years,” Senator Martins said.

November 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming Queen

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming and congratulated the Homecoming King and Queen for 2011! For Senator Martins, the day was extra special as his intern, Elmont football star Qusarn Caldwell was crowned "Homecoming King!" Another friend, Chanel Charles, a volunteer in Senator Martins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, was crowned "Homecoming Queen!" "Even though we had snow, sleet, rain and high winds, nobody could take away the excitement homecoming brings to Elmont Memorial High School! I was proud to come, cheer on the team and take part in homecoming," said Senator Martins.

November 2, 2011
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Fuschillo-Martins Autism Bill Signed Into Law

A bill authored by Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that enables individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.

November 2, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Honesty Still Matters

When I was elected Senator, I would have never guessed that I’d participate in a hearing regarding high school cheating. Yet this past week, there I was with the Senate Higher Education Committee, examining the actions of several high school students who allegedly paid a former student to take the SAT college entrance exam for them.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline

Since October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Jack M. Martins wanted to personally thank those organizations that have made it a mission to raise awareness and support those who have suffered from breast cancer.

October 31, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Shelter Rock Library Re-Dedication Ceremony

On Sunday, October 30, the Shelter Rock Public Library, located at 165 Searingtown Road in Albertson, held a rededication ceremony to celebrate the library’s recent renovation. The renovation includes new lighting, carpeting, furniture and comfortable seating areas, plus more modern, handicapped-accessible restrooms, a handicapped-accessible story hour room, and automatic doors. Additional computers are available for public use.

October 31, 2011
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Residents Shed Their Meds at Event Sponsored by Senators Martins and Skelos

The picture says it all! Cars drove up in a steady stream and dropped off old prescriptions drugs under yet another sponsored program by State Senator Jack Martins called "Shed the Meds!" The community effort was a huge success this past Saturday hosting hundreds who drove their cars to the Alva T. Stanforth parking lot in Elmont and dropped off old prescription drugs. Senator Martins and volunteers greeted residents as they pulled their cars up and dropped off old medicines for disposal. The program, according to local officials, was an outstanding success.

October 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With South Floral Park Community Leaders

State Senator Jack Martins talked about community issues and events in the South Floral Park community with South Floral Park Trustee Elton McCabe and South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri. The two community leaders dropped by Senator Martins 1st annual Athletic, Health and Fitness Day at Valencia Gym. "It was great to see Elton and Anthony come out for this great event. It was also a perfect time to talk about our community and work together on important issues that impact our neighborhoods," said Senator Martins.

October 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins with Lakeville School For Pink Lemonade Fundraiser to Fight Breast Cancer

When someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade! That’s what the students at the Lakeville School in Great Neck did recently when they set up a pink lemonade stand. The students set up the lemonade stand to raise money to be donated for breast cancer research.

October 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Senate Hearing on SAT Cheating

The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education, chaired by Senator Ken LaValle, held a hearing at Farmingdale State College surrounding the recent incidents of alleged cheating involving six past or current Great Neck North High School students accused of paying a former student to take the SAT for them.

October 28, 2011
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Senator Martins Chairs Unidad Latina Conference Higher Education Roundtable

The first annual Unidad Latina conference held in New York State this weekend was an enormous success that brought together hundreds of people from the Hispanic community including local community members from Elmont, South Floral Park and North Valley Stream. Leaders from business, education, health care and government came together to discuss ways to promote economic growth, job creation and preparing the worksforce. The conference was organized by the New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation.

October 27, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Prescription Drug Task Force

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with a prescription drug task force to be briefed on the abuse of prescription drugs as part of Red Ribbon Week.

Senator Martins spoke to the task force about ways to combat the abuse of prescription drugs, specifically how the issue affects young people. While many residents depend on doctor-prescribed medication, there is a danger in taking drugs that aren’t prescribed

Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Abuse of prescription drugs can also lead to street drugs.

October 26, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Let's Look Before We Leap

When I first heard about hydro-fracking a few years back, I thought it was going to be played on my children’s X-box and cost me at least $100. While I happily discovered it wasn’t another video game, what I did learn gave me cause for concern.

October 24, 2011
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Senator Martins Moderates Roundtable Dicussion on Education at Unidad Latina Legislative Conference

Senator Jack M. Martins moderated a roundtable discussion entitled, "Our Future Depends on It: Increasing Latino College Success," at the Unidad Latina Legislative Conference in New York City.

Now more than ever, we must invest in increasing Latino college graduation rates as a means of stimulating long-term and sustainable community wealth and development. The panel discussed some of the challenges our youth face on their way to college, and identify programs and strategies that support and accelerate Latino college persistence and completion.

The panelists were:

Frank Sánchez, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, City University of New York

Lillian Rodríguez López, President, Hispanic Federation

October 24, 2011
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Senator Martins to Sponsor Flu Shot Program November 4 at the Port Washington Library

Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring a flu shot program on Friday, November 4 at the Port Washington Library. Flu shots will be given out, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hagedorn Room. The library is located at 245 Main Street in Port Washington.

According to the New York State Department of Health, getting immunized will protect you from catching the flu, a serious illness that can make you very sick. It will also help protect your loved ones. The best time to receive the flu shot is between early fall and December. The flu shots will be available for those 18 and over.

October 21, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Listening Session With Elmont Memorial Students

Senator Jack Martins took his listening tour to Elmont Memorial High School today where he met with students in an AP Government class about issues that impact the greater Elmont community. The session was a question and answer period that focused on the State budget, health care, education and taxes. Martins was greeted at Elmont Memorial by students Jeffrey Cadet, Elijah Ross, Ben Odugbesan and Daniel Alexander.

October 20, 2011
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Senator Martins Tours Elmont's Clara H. Carlson School Autism Academy

State Senator Jack Martins visited the Clara H. Carlson School Autism Academy today as part of his district listening tour throughout the 7th Senate district. The academy is one of the most comprehensive Autism learning programs in New York State. Senator Martins was joined in the tour and session by Clara Carlson School Principal Ken Rosner, School Board President Michael Jaime and Supt. Al Harper.

Ken Rosner, Principal of Clara Carlson school, led the tour showing Senator Martins the different classrooms, program modules and programming the school provides. “This program looks at each student individually. We develop a specific set of goals for each student,” Rosner remarked to Martins in the tour.

October 20, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomed to Elmont Varsity Game by Spartan Cheerleaders

Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to the Elmont Memorial Spartan Football game this past weekend by the Elmont Spartan Cheerleading squad. Squad captains Dyani Dawes and Beatrice Pierre welcomed Senator Martins to the sidelines of the game as the Spartans won their game 28-23 against Mepham. "The cheerleading squad was terrific. Their routines were phenominal and had the crowd dancing and cheering with them. They made me feel right at home at Elmont," said Senator Martins.

October 20, 2011
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Bill Limiting Protests at Military Funerals Signed Into Law

A bill sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins limiting protests at military funerals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law requires that those who protest within 1,000 feet of a military funeral must apply for a permit. The issuing authority can then impose conditions of the permit.

The United States Supreme Court, in a decision earlier this year, held that people who protest at funerals of military personnel have constitution rights. “The Supreme Court let us down. While we have freedom of speech, it shouldn’t infringe on a family’s and a community’s right to mourn with dignity our heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country,” Senator Martins said.

October 20, 2011
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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Few things in life are more frightening, confusing or devastating than a diagnosis of cancer. The word alone is enough to send shivers down the spine of most people, especially when it strikes close to home, either in yourself or a loved one. Yet the outlook for people with cancer is often better than ever before.

The Senate is committed to providing important information about breast cancer, along with pertinent web sites and phone numbers where you can gather additional reference material as well.

October 19, 2011
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