In the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Jack M. Martins discusses his bill to help veteran-owned businesses compete for state contracts, the ucpoming Helen's Walk to benefit the Helen Keller National Center on April 29, the visit to Albany by the young musicians from the Elmont School District, opening day of the Little League season, the Boy Scouts and the great work done by the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition.
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed Rabbi Michael White, members of the professional staff and a group of young leaders from Temple Sinai of Roslyn in Roslyn Heights to Albany. Rabbi White and the young men and women visited the State Capitol to speak about issues that are important to the youth, including bullying and cyberbullying, which Rabbi White called a “corrosive epidemic.”
Rabbi Michael White from Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights went to Albany with a group of teens from the community to talk to Senator Jack M. Martins about bullying the cyberbulling, which is a major problem facing teens.
"Bullying, in any form, should not be tolerated. It is hurtful and can hamper a student's ability to focus on their studies and hurt self-esteem. It's difficult enough being a teenager without having to be bullied. Those that would bully a classmate need to be made aware of the damage they can cause other families. I want to thank the community for recognizing this problem and raising awareness," Senator Martins said.
Senator Martins invited Rabbi White to deliver the invocation for the April 17, 2012 Session of the New York State Senate.
Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed nursing students from Molloy College to Albany as he met with them to discuss issues important to nursing. "I commend these student for choosing such a noble career as nursing. I wish them much success and look forward to meeting with them again to discuss healthcare issues that are important to all of us," said Senator Martins
Each day, including weekends, I receive emails from the Senate Communications Office that contain news stories from media outlets around the state. The emails cover just about everything that would be of interest to state senators and we’re asked to review them to keep abreast of developing issues. I actually kind of enjoy reading most of them. It’s like having all the key issues conveniently delivered every morning and it makes my job that much easier.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Chris Johnston on completing his documentary film, “Take the Challenge Now,” which examined how everyone can play their part in protecting the environment.
Chris, a sophomore at Chaminade High School, spent the past four years working on the documentary, which took him as far as Sweden to conduct interviews on environmental issues. As a resident of Manhasset, Chris also focused on Manhasset Bay and found some good news with regard to the cleanliness of the bay. This could be due to storm water treatment as well organizations such as the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with leaders of the volunteer fire services at the Albertson Fire Department to discuss their legislative agenda. The recent brush fires on Long Island served as a reminder of how important the volunteer fire services are here to our communities. The volunter firefighters answer calls for emergency each day, coming to the aid of residents and businesses. Senator Martins wanted to meet and hear what legislative items are important for the fire services.
On Saturday, April 14, the Williston Park Little League held its opening day festivities to mark the start of the season. SenatorJack M. Martins had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Senator Martins told all the players to play well, show good sportsmanship, be safe and, most importantly, have fun.
In an effort to assist veterans from New York State in establishing businesses, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins has introduced a bill in the New York State Senate (S.6627) to promote the participation of veteran-owned businesses in the performance of state contracts.
Under Senator Martins’ bill, three percent of all contracts from state contracting agencies would be awarded to veteran-owned businesses, ensuring that certified, veteran-owned businesses be given the opportunity to participate in the performance of state contracts. A veteran-owned business is described an a business enterprise that is at least 51 percent owned by a veteran who is a resident of New York State and has served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces.
On Sunday, April 29, the annual Helen's Walk, presented by the Helen Keller National Center for deaf-blind youths and adults, will take place throughout the beautiful Sands Point. Check-in time and registration for the 5K/3.1-mile walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. with the official start at 9:15 a.m.
The walk will start at the Sands Point Park & Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point and end at the Helen Keller National Center at 141 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point.
For more information on Helen's Walk to support the Helen Keller National Center, visit www.hknc.org.
Senator Jack M. Martins will be hosting the New York University College of Dentistry "Smiling Faces, Going Places" Mobile Dental Care Program to provide oral health screenings to children and adults in the Seventh Senate District on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Roberta Nixon Housing, 72 Harbor Homes, Port Washington, New York 11050.
The dental team will provide oral screenings, which include a general inspection of the mouth. No dental treatment will be rendered. At the conclusion of the screening, each patient will receive a "goodie bag" filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and oral healthcare information.
For the second consecutive year, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senate worked with the Governor to pass an on-time budget that doesn't raise any taxes or fees. At the same time, they closed the budget gap while increasing aid to education and restoring the EPIC program for seniors. The budget success of the last two years sends a clear message that positive change has come to Albany. Years of dysfunction have been replaced by sound fiscal management and government efficiency.
Senator Jack M. Martins was able to restore a grant that was promised to the Village of Williston Park by the former Senate Majority, which later rescinded the grant after the November 2010 election. The former Senate Majority, after losing its majority following that election, rescinded grants that were promised within the Seventh Senate District. Senator Martins has been working diligently to restore those grants.
Senator Martins met with Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar to discuss the $100,000 grant that was recently restored.
New Yorkers said, “Play it Again, Sam,” and we did. For the second consecutive year, your state government produced an on-time budget that puts the breaks on state spending and does not increase taxes or fees. You heard that correctly: holds spending in check with no new taxes or fees.
It is indeed a new era in Albany. For the second straight year, the State Legislature and the Governor agreed on an on-time budget that doesn’t raise any taxes or fees while eliminating a $2 billion deficit.
“The state is in infinitely better shape now than it was two years ago when state government was is disarray. We now have passed two consecutive budgets that represent sound fiscal management. For years, the state outspent its resources and then passed the burden onto the taxpayers. Over the last two years, we sent a clear message that those days are over,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who is in his first term in the Senate.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional and accelerated $40,686,000 investment for nine NY Works projects that will repair 86 miles of roads and six bridges on Long Island. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.
It started out simple enough. Since taking office I’ve had a small but steady stream of constituents who seek help with various mortgage and foreclosure problems. I regularly connect them to appropriate state agencies and having heard back about a number of successful resolutions, I decided to host a local seminar for anyone experiencing similar issues. I invited the New York Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, the state’s Department of Financial Services, and even some of the larger lenders.
Senator Jack M. Martins swore in Village of Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira for another term on the village board at organization night at Mineola Village Hall. Senator Martins was honored to swear in his good friend in front his Mineola friends.
The New York State Senate passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant.
The bill (S.1414A) would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.
“This measure will add protection to victims of domestic violence who should be able to rely on the courts for greater protection,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who supported the measure.
Senator Jack M. Martins has been visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to present “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” a program his office started to engage elementary schools in the process of state government. Most recently, he visited the St. Mary's School in Manhasset to speak to fifth grade students about how a bill becomes a law.
Senator Martins told the students that it all starts with an idea and then involves building consensus through the legislature, which includes the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. If the bill passes both houses, it is sent to the Governor, who can sign the bill into law or veto it.