Students from St. Brigid's School in Westbury visited with Senator Jack M. Martins at the State Capitol to talk about schools, Catholic education and current events. The students were hosted by Senator Martins during the annual Catholic Conference day in Albany. Senator Martins welcomed the students and sat with them in the New York State Senate conference room to hear what was on their minds. A great discussion took place on issues important to the conference and greater Long Island community. During the meeting, students had the opportunity to give their opinions and a little advice to Senator Martins on issues being debated at the State Capitol. "You learn a lot when you listen to young people like the students at St. Brigid's.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with Catholic school students from throughout the 7th Senate District. Students from Floral Park, Westbury, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Franklin Square, Elmont and East Williston discussed education issues with the Senator during "Catholic Conference Day" in Albany. Thousands of students from throughout Long Island, and New York State, met with Senators and Assemblymembers during the annual conference. "It was an honor to sit with our next generation of leaders and share ideas on education and leadership during these very challenging economic times," said Senator Martins. "I salute all of these young women for getting involved, caring and making a difference.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the annual New York State School Music Association Concert at the State Capitol. During the concert, Senator Martins had the opportunity to congratulate local musical performers Christina Ames, Nicholas Olynciw and Nikhl Thomas. All three students attend local schools in the 7th Senate District. Ames attends Wheatley High School; Olynciw attends Floral Park Memorial High School and Thomas attends Clarke High School in Westbury. The concert featured outstanding musicians from throughout the state.
Senator Jack M. Martins and New York State Board of Regents member Roger Tilles were guests of the Great Neck PTA Thursday night for a forum on the future of education in New York State. The forum took place at Great Neck South High School and was moderated by Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan. The forum was well attended by community members, PTA and educators from throughout the community.
“The education forum sponsored by the PTA was an outstanding format that allowed for a serious discussion on education, our State budget and issues that impact our schools,” said Senator Martins. “I want to thank the Great Neck PTA for hosting the forum and their kind invitation.”
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Rev. Tomaz Gomide, Associate Pastor of the Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, for 40 years in the Priesthood, 35 of which have come at Corpus Christi.
“The Corpus Christi Church has been a staple of the Mineola community. Rev. Gomide has had a positive effect on so many of the parishioners and the community over his time in Corpus Christi. I congratulate him on his anniversary and wish him many more years in Mineola. I also want to congratulate Corpus Christi on its 110th anniversary,” said Senator Martins.
Elimination of Foreign Language Regents Concerns Senator
Senator Jack M. Martins met with Italian Consul General Francesco M. Talo’, Italian Educational Director Minister Antonio Benetti, Undersecretary for Italians Abroad Silvana Mangione and former Elmont Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Palandra regarding educational issues and foreign language exams. Students who are taking Italian in schools will not be given the opportunity to take a regents exam in future due to a Regents vote that canceled the administering of the exam.
Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs
The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the cast and crew of Elmont Memorial High School's musical production of "Footloose" on their outstanding performance on March 4 and 5. The reviews on the musical were unanimous- it was sensational. Cast leads Joshua Johnson, Phylisha Mitchell, Brandon Cleveland, Cassandra Cesar, Kelsey Baffour and Joseph Smith, along with the entire cast, earned standing ovations at each of the performances this past weekend. "Everybody said the same exact thing about this performance- it was better than Broadway," said Senator Martins. "Congratulations are in order for the cast, crew, pit orchestra and all the parents and community members who were a part of the production. You made Elmont proud."
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the Orthodox Union Yeshiva to Albany, where he invited them to watch the proceedings of the Senate in the ornate Senate gallery. After the session, Senator Martins had a sit down discussion about the legislative process and decision making as a member of the State Legislature. The discussion centered around making good decisions and standing up for things you believe in. "What we discussed simply came down to character, leadership, responsibility and listening. Sometimes you need to make tough decisions and do what is right for communities. Soemtimes the right thing isn't always most the popular thing. The students from the Yeshiva talked with me about the way leaders make decisions and how we work with others during times of crisis.
Senator Jack M. Martins was given a very high honor by the Long Island Alzheimers Association by being asked to present the Advocate of the Year Award at the State Capitol. Senator Martins presented the honor to Karen Henley of Nassau County. Henley is a resident of the 7th Senate District and was chosen by advocates for her steadfast support and advocacy for the Long Island Alzheimers Association. The Association has awarded nearly $160 million to researchers seeking new methods of prevention, better treatments, and eventually a cure for Alzheimers.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with library advocates from Franklin Square, Mineola, Port Washington, New Hyde Park, Elmont, Hicksville, Manhasset and Floral Park at the State Capitol this past week to discuss the State budget and library funding. Senator Martins met with the group to discuss strategies to help libraries and build support for these vital community institutions.
"Libraries are much more than books today," said Senator Martins. "People use the Internet, look for a job, attend workshops, participate in community forums and do research as well as attend events. Libraries are the lifeblood of communities and we have to insure they are given the resources and tools they need to do provide services for the greater community."
Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law
The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.
“It’s the right time to make this change, and it’s a sound piece of legislation. It ensures that New York’s servicemen and servicewomen are given every reasonable opportunity to have their voices heard and their votes counted in special elections,” said O’Mara, who noted that the new law is expected to be in effect for an upcoming special election in western New York’s 26th Congressional District.
On Saturday, March 5, Senator Jack M. Martins, Franklin Thomas and Marvin Lee were at the Hofstra University David S. Mack Center to root on the Elmont Spartans as they took on Baldwin. Elmont came away with the victory to claim the Nassau County Class AA championship. Senator Martins congratulated the team after the game.
Basketball games are terrific battles that pit athletic talent and desire to the test. In one of the greatest come-from-behind victories that had fans chanting, cheering and watching in amazement, the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans brought home the Nassau County Class AA Championship this past Saturday.
Students, community members, Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Warren Meierdiercks, Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper, Board of Education Member Dave Fowler, Elmont Memorial High School Principal John Capozzi and State Senator Jack M. Martins were all in attendance at the Hofstra University David S. Mach Center to cheer on the Spartans.
It has been a busy week in Albany. We continue the process of examining the state budget. These are difficult financial times but working together, we will ultimately succeed in cutting expenses and providing a framework for real long-term relief. In order for us to improve our state's fiscal health, we need to provide residents with property tax relief, create jobs and control spending.
On Friday, March 4, Senator Jack M. Martins honored a Mineola resident who has kicked his way to notoriety. But what it even more impressive than Craig Pinto’s knack for kicking field goals is his desire to help others.
Pinto, 33, was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease, a digestive condition that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten, which can damage the small intestines. After Pinto was diagnosed, he decided he would try to help others who have the same disease.
On October 10, 2010, Pinto participated in a charity event in Bethpage for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He would kick 717 field goals from 40-yards out within a 12-hour period, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by village elected officials to announce that their legislation, which is critical to the upcoming village elections, was recently signed into law. The Democratic process can now go forward on March 15 and in June when residents head to the polls to vote in their village elections.
The legislation (A.3093b/S.3216) sponsored by Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel allows village governments to continue using lever voting machines as they have in the past until December 31st, 2012.
Senator Jack M. Martins challenged his Nassau County Senate colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Chuck Fuschillo, this morning to a lunch bet that will be settled by which Nassau County School wins the Nassau County Boy’s Varsity Class AA Basketball Championship this Saturday at Hofstra University’s Mack Center. The bet centers around which team takes home the Nassau County Championship Crown- the Elmont Spartans or the Baldwin Bruins.
The contest has all three Senators cheering on their teams from their respective districts. Senator Martins represents the Elmont Spartan team while Senator Fuschillo represents the Baldwin Bruins. Senator Dean Skelos, who represents both communities in the Senate, wants for both teams to “play hard and play to win.”
Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, held a meeting of the committee on Wednesday, March 2. Among the topics discussed was mandate relief as it pertains to local communities.