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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

No thanks, I’ll swim…

After eight years as a mayor and these past eight months as a New York senator, I thought no instance of financial inefficiency could shock me anymore. I was wrong. This past week the Port Authority proposed fee hikes so extraordinary, so out of touch, that they took my breath away.

August 17, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Lil' Explorers Storytime at the Westbury Library

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Westbury Library Wednesday evening as he participated in Lil’ Explorers Storytime with the community’s pre-kindergarten to second grade children. Storytime was held outdoors since it was such a beautiful summer evening.

Senator Martins read “Duck on a Bike,” by David Shannon. In the story, the duck shows the other animals that it can ride a bike.

After storytime, Senator Martins stayed with the children as they made their crafts. “It was a wonderful evening to be in Westbury and spending time with the children,” he said. “It’s so important they continue to enjoy stories. It encourages interaction, socialization and there are some great lessons to be learned in children’s books. I want to thank the Westbury Library for having me.”

August 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Cellphones for Soldiers - Unused Phones Can Be Dropped Off at District Office

The District Office of Senator Jack M. Martins is now a drop-off point for the Cellphones for Soldiers program. The program encourages residents to show their appreciation for our service men and women serving overseas by donating unused cell phones.

The phones are then turned into calling cards, which are sent to our troops so they can use them to call home.

"I am proud to support this great cause. With many of our brave men and women serving overseas, it’s incumbent on us to support them as much as possible. This is just someting small we can do to show our appreciation to those serving in the military to protect our freedom and way of life," said Senator Martins.

August 10, 2011
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Power NY Signed Into Law

The Power NY Act that was passed by the Senate earlier this year was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The act reauthorizes and modernizes the licensing process for major electric generating facilities (also known as Article X), provides incentives to consumers for energy efficiency investments, and explores the potential for additional solar power generation in the state.

“Power NY is a win for New York State. It encourages the development of reliable and affordable power that is better for the environment and at the same time, it supports job and business growth,” said Senator Jack M. Martins.

August 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Summer Interns

Senator Jack M. Martins thanked the interns that worked in his District Office in Garden City Park this summer. The interns will be going back to school soon to continue their academic careers and now have the experience of working in a Senate Office.

The interns included Reid Christian Rosello of Garden City, a student at Hobart College; Aine O’Rourke of Mineola, a student at Boston College; Charlie Mack of Manhasset, a student at Manhasset High School; Danielle Lefland of Roslyn, a student at Roslyn High School; Stacy Chacko of New Hyde Park, a student at New Hyde Park Memorial High School; and Anthony Gallo of Mineola, a student at Chaminade High School.

August 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Volunteers For Successful Elmont 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

It was a packed house at Villa Umberto Restaurant where volunteers of the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament committee gathered to celebrate the success of the July 16th tournament held at Dutch Broadway School. The tournament hosted over 4,500 people and featured the NY Knicks and Knick Superstar John Starks. Over 170 volunteers attended the appreciation dinner and were saluted by State Senator Jack Martins, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, County Legislator John Ciotti, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Assemblyman Edward Ra, committee members and community leaders.

August 8, 2011
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Senator Martins' 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Featured on Cablevision's Neighborhood Journal

The Summer extravaganza “Martins Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament” sponsored by State Senator Jack Martins is a featured highlight on Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” on Channel 118 throughout the month of August! The show features the 3-on-3 tournament along with interviews and highlights of the Henry Viscardi Cougars versus the Elmont Memorial Spartan’s basketball exhibition!

During the segment, you will see exciting basketball action, commentary and story behind the largest community event in Elmont outside the Belmont Stakes! Over 4,500 people participated in the tournament this year which was highlighted by the New York Knicks and a special guest appearance by John Starks!

August 8, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More to Do

I love those local history books that show what our neighborhoods used to be like. I enjoy contrasting photos of wide open spaces, dirt roads and potato farms to where today stand shopping malls, highways, and supermarkets. It’s fascinating because this super-development actually didn’t begin that long ago. It was only after World War II, when our servicemen settled here with their families that Long Island’s population boom began.

August 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center site in Middle Island where he was able to witness why they have received an impressive record and long standing reputation as an integrated program helping children with disabilities and their families. Just Kids has been at the forefront, continuously fighting the battle to provide special needs children with the best education possible.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits North Shore University Hospital

Senator Jack M. Martins spent recent Friday visiting North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. North Shore is part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, which is comprised 15 hospitals including the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and Franklin Hospital among others.

North Shore University Hospital has numerous ambulatory facilities to satisfy the hospital’s mission of being a leader in quality health care through medical advances while conveying the qualities of compassion and excellence.

North Shore University Hospital recently opened the Katz Women’s Hospital, a world-class facility providing superior care for the special needs of women.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Martins to Hold Blood Drive August 24

In response to the need for blood donations during the summer months, Senator Jack M. Martins is sponsoring a blood drive along with the New York Blood Center that will take place on Wednesday, August 24 from 2:30-7 p.m. The Long Island Blood Services van will be at the Herricks Community Center, 999 Herricks Road in New Hyde Park.

Blood donations will be taken by Long Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center. According to the New York Blood Center, blood donations tend to drop significantly during the summer months when people go on vacation. Still, the need for blood never takes a vacation.

August 4, 2011
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Hightlights From the Historic Game Between Elmont Memorial High School and the Henry Viscardi School

On July 16, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored the Elmont 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. As part of the special day, Senator Martins arranged a game between the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans and the Henry Viscardi School Cougars.

The Spartans finally met their match as the Cougars emerged victorious. Check out the highlights!

August 3, 2011
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Manhasset Boy Scout Interviews Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Manhasset Library last week when he was asked by a Boy Scout who was working on a project for an interview. The Senator gladly obliged.

Manhasset Boy Scout Martin Clarke asked Senator Martins questions such as why he wanted to be a Senator and how you become a Senator.

Senator Martins responded that he went into public service because he wanted to make a difference. He encouraged Martin that if you want to change your community for the better, get involved. “Sometimes, it’s not enough to point out when something is wrong. You have to be willing to work toward making it better,” Senator Martins said.

August 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Summer Reading Program at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manhasset Library and participated in the children’s summer reading club in the children’s room at the library.

Senator Martins first took part in “hot potato” with the children and then sat down to read a story with them. The story the Senator read was called, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and was about a bus driver who has to leave so he asks the reader to watch the Pigeon. The pigeon tries many excuses as he tries to talk the readers into letting him drive the bus.

Senator Martins then discussed the book with the children. He told them that the moral is that you have to listen to your mommy and daddy like you listened to the bus driver in not letting the pigeon drive the bus.

August 3, 2011
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Seventh Senate District Food Drive Underway Until August 21

Senator Martins and Villages Partner to Collect Food in Tribute to Harry Chapin

Senator Jack M. Martins is partnering with the villages in the Seventh Senate District to collect food through August 21 to benefit Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Senator Martins is sponsoring the food drive as a tribute to the late singer/song writer Harry Chapin, who passed away 30 years ago this year in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway.

The food drive comes in response to the hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders are in need of food. According to a report, entitled “Hunger in America 2010,” presented last year, one out of 10 Long Islanders seeks relief from hunger each year at food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

August 2, 2011
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First Meeting of Long Island Regional Economic Development Council August 10

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at 3 p.m. at SUNY Stony Brook.

As part of an initiative to get make New York State more business-friendly, Governor Cuomo has created 10 regional economic development councils. Long Island is one of the regions. The Governor appointed Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, and Stuart Rabinowitz, president of Hofstra University, to co-chair the council.

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

A World of Good, Right Here at Home

If you could afford only one, would you pay for heat, your rent, or buy groceries?

If that seems like a rhetorical question to you, be thankful, because for thousands of less fortunate Long Islanders, it is not. The disturbing truth is we have neighbors right here on Long Island, in our very own towns and villages, who struggle with questions like that every month.

It is estimated that there are 320,000 Long Islanders who are hungry or food insecure each day. According to a report by Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, 47 percent of those they serve have to choose between food and utilities. An even greater 49 percent have to choose between food and rent.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Grace Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck

Senator Martins gave a recap of this past Legislative session in Albany that saw New York State make historic progress in passing an on-time budget with no new taxes or fees as he spoke to the residents of the facility.

August 1, 2011
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Senator Martins Salutes Henry Viscardi Cougars For Big Win at Basketball Tournament

Under sunny skies, the heat beat down on the basketball courts at the Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont. The Henry Viscardi School Cougars waited patiently for their game to begin. The Cougars weren’t taken on any ordinary team; they would be taking on the Nassau County champion Elmont Memorial High School Spartans.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Joins Governor in Announcing Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

The Long Island Senate delegation joined Governor Andrew Cuomo on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury on Thursday, July 27 as the Governor launched the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to act as the conduit between state government and the business community to spur economic development.

As part of an initiative to get make New York State more business-friendly, Governor Cuomo has created 10 regional economic development councils. Long Island is one of the regions. The Governor appointed Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, and Stuart Rabinowitz, president of Hofstra University, to co-chair the council.

July 29, 2011
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