The Family Life Worship Cathedral honored and thanked Senator Jack Martins for his help and assistance to the Elmont community and the Church. Martins was welcomed and thanked by the congregation for his work on local community issues this past Sunday at their services. Bishop Christopher Cox II, Pastor Zulmina Cox and Church leaders led by Reginald King welcomed Martins where they honored him for his work. During the service, Senator Martins had the opportunity to meet members and discuss community affairs. "The Family Life Worship Cathedral and Bishop Cox and his wife Pastor Zulmina Cox are very people who help others and are inspirational spiritual leaders in the greater community."
A bill (S4494) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that would increase penalties for the fraudulent packaging, sale or certification of Kosher food has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation came about in response to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Kosher food inspection unit being cut as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year state budget. With a lack of food inspectors, increasing fines will deter some companies that may be inclined to fraudulently market Kosher food products.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams were at the Hicksville LIRR station on Tuesday, July 31, reviewing plans for the improvement of the station that the railroad believes will significantly improve service and customer satisfaction for Long Island commuters.
Senator Martins and Ms. Williams both indicated how important the Hicksville LIRR station is to commuters as the busiest station in Nassau County where both the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch and the Ronkonkoma Branch converge into the Main Line.
Legislation Supported by Senator Martins Aids Crime Solving and Prevention
As of August 1, New York State got tougher on crime. That’s because legislation that expanded the DNA Databank went into effect. The All-Crimes DNA Law will add approximately 46,000 individual DNA samples a year to the databank, providing law enforcement with additional tools it needs to solve crime and potentially prevent some future crimes from occurring.
Each year, members of County Seat Kiwanis visit Mineola's Wilson Park to treat the campers that attend the Mineola Summer Recreation Program to lunch. This summer was no exception. Members of County Seat Kiwanis - Ed Schutz, Lois Hanson, John Davanzo and Gabe Parajos. Ed and John manned the grill, cooking the hotdogs, and Senator Jack M. Martins joined Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira and Lois in preparing the hot dog rolls. Gabe served the campers. It was a wonderful summer day for an exception program run by the village's recreation department, led by Marta DeSousa and Anna Athan.
On Monday, July 30, Senator Jack M. Martins spent a pleasant summer day at North Hempstead Beach Park for Funday Monday. Each Monday, seniors from the communities that comprise the Town of North Hempstead gather at the beach for a day of music, dancing, card games and good company.
On July 30, Funday Monday included a health fair with numerous tables set up where residents can get information. Senator Martins provided a cool refreshment as he brought an ice cream truck, courtesy of Phil Fortuna and Long Island Checker Cab, to give free ice cream. Senator Martins greeted many friends and was honored to have spent the day with the seniors.
Back in February of 2011, I met Susan, a resident of New Hyde Park, who shared with me yet another of those Long Island Railroad stories that can drive sane people mad.
Just a few weeks before, Susan had decided to avoid the snow-covered roads and purchased two one-way tickets at the New Hyde Park railroad station. She didn’t use the return fare since she was able to get a ride home. When she tried to refund the ticket, she was shocked to learn MTA policy called for a $10 processing fee regardless of the ticket’s price. That was more than her $7.25 ticket. Imagine a refund fee more costly than the actual product itself!
Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended a meeting of the Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners. As a proponent of the volunteer fire service, Senator Martins keeps abreast of the issues facing our volunteers.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended a viewing of the HBO documentary, "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Communtiy Center (JCC) in Roslyn. The film provides a sobering look at the struggles of unemployment on Long Island.
Prior the viewing of the film, Senator Martins met with Sid Jacboson JCC Executive Director David Black.
Averill Park in Elmont was the place to be on a recent Saturday as organizers for an annual Deck Hockey competition fundraiser raised funds for education and research for Breast Cancer through 1 in 9 the Breast Cancer Education Coalition. Teams from around the area participated in the fundraiser in the deck hockey competition that had a record crowd.
State Senator Jack Martins, 1 in 9 Director Geri Barash, Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella supported the effort.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that it will be extending the validity period for one-way and round-trip Long Island Railroad tickets from two weeks to two months as well as the refund period for those tickets from one month to two months in an effort to improve customer service.
Senator Jack M. Martins announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.
“To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.”
That’s one of my favorite expressions. If you’ve never heard it, it simply means that we’re mostly concerned with the world we actually live in, the everyday circumstances of our existence. We do, of course, devote some attention to greater matters, but we are generally shaped by our own daily realities.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Hicksville PAL summer camp where he met with the members of the girls basketball camp. The Hicksville unit of the Police Athletic League offers baseball, basketball, horseback riding, judo, karate, lacrosse, softball and wrestling for various ages.
Children learn values such as teamwork and sportsmanship as they participate in healthy and productive activities. “The PAL teaches children that winning isn’t about the numbers on the scoreboard, it’s about making friends and learning to how to play your best and respect your teammates and opponents. I commend their efforts. It’s a great way for kids to spend their summer,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Bristal at North Hills to wish Michael Villani a happy 100th birthday! Senator Martins brought birthday cake to share with the residenst in celebrating Michael’s birthday.Michael is known among the residents as one of the most friendly and loving people you will ever meet.
Born on July 10, 1912 and raised in Port Washington, Michael was the oldest of six children. When he was 9-years-old, his father came to him and said, “It is time for you to be the man of the house.” That night his father passed away and Michael did what he could to help raise the family.
I’d like to share with you the story of Paul Brady, a Malverne firefighter who was killed in his firehouse in 2006. Brady, who was 42 at the time, had been working on top of one of the trucks in the firehouse when another firefighter mistakenly drove it out, not realizing he was up there. Paul was consequently crushed between a beam in the ceiling and the truck.
On Saturday, July 14, the Senator Jack M. Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament took place at the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont. Once again, the tournament was an overwhelming success as our young people displayed their athletic ability, sportsmanship and teamwork. This event exemplifies the togetherness of the community and what can be achieved when community members come together.
Legislation passed by the New York State Senate to ensure that any firefighter who is killed while performing services in the line of duty has their name included on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Albany was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The men and women who make up the volunteer fire services here on Long Island are among the bravest and most qualified firefighters in our state. They give selflessly of their time and expertise. They deserve to have their memories preserved. Thank you to Senator Dean Skelos was sponsoring the legislation and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who strongly supported the law.
The internet, text messages, and social media sites have provided convenience and an ease of communication. However, there is a negative side to electronic communications as it has been used by bullies to harass fellow students.
Recognizing the seriousness of the problem of “cyberbullying,” the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7740) that clarifies and expands the 2010 Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-bullying law that first created guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem of bullying.
I’ve been told it’s hard for anyone to take notes when I’m speaking. Apparently, I have a habit of adding just one more thought to or trying to squeeze as much information from whatever topic is being discussed. I guess it’s true because here we are with the Senate Session over, yet I have a dozen things I want to report to you that didn’t make it into this column yet. Typically, I address events and senate happenings as they unfold, but with so much going on, there aren’t enough opportunities to write about all of them, so my “one other thing” list grows longer.