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Senator Martins Attends Kiwanis Day at Mineola's Wilson Park

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.

August 2, 2012

Seniors Put the Fun in Funday Monday

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.

July 31, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Slowly but Surely

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!

July 30, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Meeting of Hicksville Fire District Board of Commissioners

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.

July 27, 2012

Senator Martins Attends Viewing of HBO Documentary at Sid Jacobson JCC

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.

July 27, 2012

Senator Martins Supports 1 in 9 Breast Cancer Hockey Fundraiser

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.

July 27, 2012

Senator Martins Leads Fights to Change LIRR Ticket Policy

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.

July 27, 2012

Senator Martins Announces New Law to Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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.

July 27, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Beyond The Horseradish

“To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.”

Yiddish Proverb


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.

July 26, 2012

Senator Martins Visits Hicksville PAL Summer Camp

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.

July 19, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday to Michael Villani!

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.

July 18, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

In the Line of Duty

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.

July 18, 2012

3-on-3 Tournament Another Big Success, Senator Martins Thanks Community

From Senator Jack M. Martins:

A Midsummer Classic

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.

July 16, 2012

Legislation to Preserve Memory of Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty Signed Into Law

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.

July 13, 2012

Cyberbullying Legislation Signed Into 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.

July 12, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

One Other Thing…

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.

July 10, 2012

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Independence Day

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves. - Rev. William John Henry Boetcker

This 4th of July, I thought I’d go beyond a column wishing you the usual round of safe holidays and hearty barbecues. Don’t get me wrong. Of course, I hope your holiday will be all of those things and more, but sentiment alone is never enough for a thoughtful column. Instead, I thought we could reflect on a more particular aspect of the holiday and how it may actually apply to some good news about our home state of New York.

July 5, 2012

Newsday: Senator Martins Leads LI Delegation in Bills Passed

Newsday - Monday July 2, 2012

By Yancey Roy

Counting the number of bills a lawmaker gets passed certainly doesn’t tell the entire story.

Many of the bills the state Legislature approves are very small-scale in nature. And it’s an Albany truism that those in the political minority in either house (Republicans in the Assembly, Democrats in the Senate) rarely get more than a handful of their bills passed. Sometimes they give up “authorship” of a bill to a majority-party member to aid its passage.

That said, adding up bills is a way that constituents can see how active and successful their lawmakers are at getting bills through.

July 3, 2012

Second Round of Low-Cost Power Allocations to Long Island Announced

Low Cost Power Program will Help to Create and Retain Thousands of Jobs across New York

An additional 161 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across the state have been awarded more than 80 megawatts (MW) of low cost power in the second round of allocations under the ReCharge New York program. This round of RNY allocations is expected to generate substantial private capital investments and retain approximately 25,000 jobs.

For Long Island, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees this week approved allocations that total almost 7 MW of power to 24 enterprises, and are linked to almost 7,000 jobs and significant capital investments in the region.

July 2, 2012

Senator Martins' Bill to Assist Firefighters Awaits Governor's Signature

Long Island is blessed to have its fire services provided by dedicated volunteers who commit their time and talent, often entering dangerous situation at all hours of the day and night, in order to protect their neighbors.

When the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) brought forth a concern, Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, sponsored legislation to alleviate the concern. It passed both houses overwhelmingly and now awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature.

June 28, 2012