The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council held their election and Senator Martins dropped by to congratulate all the participants. Senator Martins also spoke to the students, offering words of encouragement.
“Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Democratic process in the Floral Park-Bellerose School. It’s great that they have an interest in service to their school. I also want to once again thank the student council for its generous candy donation to the Sweets for Soldiers campaign. The students raised 600 pounds of candy. There are great things happening at the Floral Park-Bellerose School,” Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a Sweets for Soldiers campaign to collect Halloween candy for our service men and women. Senator Martins’ office received donations thanks to the generosity of the schools in the Seventh Senate District. One of those schools that made a generous donation was the Rushmore Avenue School in Carle Place.
Dropping off the donation were Jen Sussman and Laurie Papa from the Rushmore Avenue School. “I can’t thank the Rushmore School enough for their generous donation. The students parted with their Halloween candy, showing their appreciation for our soldiers. They should be commended,” said Senator Martins. “The response from the community has been outstanding, from the teachers, students and parents. Thank you.”
Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans for their service to our country. It is observed on Nocember 11, the aniversary of the Armistince that signified the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Im 1938, Congress passed an act that made the 11th day of each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day." On October 8, 1938, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation, stating, "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."
Senator Jack M. Martins extends birthday wishes to the United States Marines Corps, which is celebrating its 236th birthday on November 10. The Marines stopped by Senator Martins' District Office to pick up candy and toothbrushes that were generously donated by some of the schools in the Seventh Senate District. Some of the students also wrote touching letter to the soldiers, which were also given to the Marines.
When the last legislative session began, Governor Cuomo and the Senate decided to enact an important measure to reign in out-of-control property tax increases. With bi-partisan support in the Senate and the Assembly, a 2 percent property tax cap was passed to slow the growth of taxes being imposed on families and businesses throughout the state and especially here on Long Island.
Governor Cuomo recently explained the need for a tax cap:
Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, speaking with Ms. Picatagi’s government class. The students asked Senator Martins questions about his job as a Senator. They also asked questions about current issues such as healthcare and the state budget.
Senator Martins visited Holy Trinity after receiving an invitation to visit the school from student Danielle Beaudette.
Just as the students got going with their questions, the bell rung. But, Senator Martins said he would love to go back and continue the discussion. “I want to thank the students of Holy Trinity for having me. We had an engaging discussion about government. I enjoyed it and look forward to going back,” he said.
Student Council Raises 600 Pounds of Candy for Senator Martins' Candy Drive
In the days following Halloween, the students at the Floral Park-Bellerose School had no problem parting with the candy they received trick-or-treating, especially since they knew it was going to a great cause.
The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council collected 600 pounds of candy, which will go to the troops serving in the Armed Forces through a candy drive sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins in partnership with Dr. Edward Gottlieb of Mid-Island Dental Group, located at 182 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, entitled, “Sweets For Soldiers.”
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Port Washington Senior Center to spend some time with the group. Senator Martins received a tour of the center and had the opportunity to see the various activities members are engaged such as art, quilting and Bingo.
Senator Martins was extremely impressed with the center and with the work the seniors do. “This is a wonderful organization that means so much to the community. It was my pleasure to visit. I hope to be back soon,” he said. “Visits like this give me the opportunity to hear what is on the mind of the residents and I can bring their concerns with me to Albany.”
Heading into the Winter season, it’s important to get vaccinated against the flu. In order to provide a convenient way for residents to receive their flu shots, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a flu shot program at the Port Washington Library.
Senator Martins partnered with CVS Pharmacy, which provided the vaccine at no cost out-of-pocket costs to the residents. A total of 70 flu shots were given out.
“I want to thank the Port Washington Library for allowing us to hold our flu shot program. I also want to thank CVS for providing the vaccine and the volunteers for giving up their time to administer the shots. I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Fall and Winter season,” Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins was in front of King Kullen in Manhasset on a recent Saturday for a food drive to benefit Island Harvest. After visiting Island Harvest earlier in the yearand meeting with President and CEO Randi Dresner, Senator Martins promise to hep replenish the food bank, especially as the holidays are approaching and the demand for food increases.
A total of 110 pounds of food was donated. “I want to thank King Kullen for allowing us to use the outside of the store and to all those who stopped by to generously donate a food item. It will go a long way towards helping Island Harvest provide the support they have been providing for so many years,” Senator Martins said.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming and congratulated the Homecoming King and Queen for 2011! For Senator Martins, the day was extra special as his intern, Elmont football star Qusarn Caldwell was crowned "Homecoming King!" Another friend, Chanel Charles, a volunteer in Senator Martins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, was crowned "Homecoming Queen!" "Even though we had snow, sleet, rain and high winds, nobody could take away the excitement homecoming brings to Elmont Memorial High School! I was proud to come, cheer on the team and take part in homecoming," said Senator Martins.
A bill authored by Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that enables individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.
When I was elected Senator, I would have never guessed that I’d participate in a hearing regarding high school cheating. Yet this past week, there I was with the Senate Higher Education Committee, examining the actions of several high school students who allegedly paid a former student to take the SAT college entrance exam for them.
Since October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Jack M. Martins wanted to personally thank those organizations that have made it a mission to raise awareness and support those who have suffered from breast cancer.
On Sunday, October 30, the Shelter Rock Public Library, located at 165 Searingtown Road in Albertson, held a rededication ceremony to celebrate the library’s recent renovation. The renovation includes new lighting, carpeting, furniture and comfortable seating areas, plus more modern, handicapped-accessible restrooms, a handicapped-accessible story hour room, and automatic doors. Additional computers are available for public use.
The picture says it all! Cars drove up in a steady stream and dropped off old prescriptions drugs under yet another sponsored program by State Senator Jack Martins called "Shed the Meds!" The community effort was a huge success this past Saturday hosting hundreds who drove their cars to the Alva T. Stanforth parking lot in Elmont and dropped off old prescription drugs. Senator Martins and volunteers greeted residents as they pulled their cars up and dropped off old medicines for disposal. The program, according to local officials, was an outstanding success.
State Senator Jack Martins talked about community issues and events in the South Floral Park community with South Floral Park Trustee Elton McCabe and South Floral Park Civic Association President Anthony Barbieri. The two community leaders dropped by Senator Martins 1st annual Athletic, Health and Fitness Day at Valencia Gym. "It was great to see Elton and Anthony come out for this great event. It was also a perfect time to talk about our community and work together on important issues that impact our neighborhoods," said Senator Martins.
When someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade! That’s what the students at the Lakeville School in Great Neck did recently when they set up a pink lemonade stand. The students set up the lemonade stand to raise money to be donated for breast cancer research.
The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education, chaired by Senator Ken LaValle, held a hearing at Farmingdale State College surrounding the recent incidents of alleged cheating involving six past or current Great Neck North High School students accused of paying a former student to take the SAT for them.
The first annual Unidad Latina conference held in New York State this weekend was an enormous success that brought together hundreds of people from the Hispanic community including local community members from Elmont, South Floral Park and North Valley Stream. Leaders from business, education, health care and government came together to discuss ways to promote economic growth, job creation and preparing the worksforce. The conference was organized by the New York State Senate and the Hispanic Federation.