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Senator Martins Attends Grand Opening of Stannards Brook Park

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the grand opening of Stannards Brook Park in Port Washington. The main entrance is on Carlton Avenue at Charles Street. The park was renovated with funding, in part, from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. The renovation included newly paved paths, newly constructed bridges as well as a bubbling stream, Council Circle and Amphitheater.

May 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill That Makes Viewing Child Pornography a Felony

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.7407), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

“This legislation will deter anyone from trying to exploit children by viewing child pornography by making it a felony. This is not acceptable behavior and we should not tolerate it,” said Senator Martins, who supported the bill.

May 18, 2012
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Senator Martins Tours Progress on East Side Access Project

On a recent Friday, Senator Jack M. Martins took a tour of the East Side Access Project, where he saw first-hand the progress being made on the massive capital project that entails excavating and building tunnels that will bring the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) into Grand Central.

May 18, 2012
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Port Washington Students Shine in Mock Courtroom

If you were to visit one of five classrooms at the Sousa Elementary School, one of the four elementary schools in the Port Washington School District, on Friday, May 11, you may think for a moment that you were in federal district court or state supreme court. That’s because elementary school students were conducting mock trials as part of the Port Enrichment Program.

The students debated a scenario involving the parents of a young man who was injured suing the producers of a show, “Wildest, Wackiest, Craziest Teen Video Competition” for negligence for broadcasting a show that encourages students to performing reckless students.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Martins 'Deeply Touched' By St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School

During a visit to St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury for "Pizza and Politics," the students had a special assembly in honor of Senator Martins. Principal Paul Clagnaz made the Senator an honorary graduate of the school. Some of the students then sang a stirring rendition of Proud to Be an American. Some of the members of the student council then performed a sketch in which Senator Martins was being interviewed by the press. Jamie played Senator Martins. During the assembly, the school also received a visit from a special guest, Village of Westbury Deputy Mayor Joan Boes.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Brings 'Pizza and Politics' to St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School

Senator Jack M. Martins recently brought his “Pizza and Politics” initiative to the St. Brigid Our Lady of Hope School in Westbury. “Pizza and Politics” is an initiative started by Senate Martins whereby the Senator visits schools in the Seventh Senate District, bringing pizza for lunch and discussing issues that are important to young people. At St. Brigid, Senator Martins and the members of the student council discussed state support of parochial schools.

May 17, 2012
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Senator Martins Names Jean-Marie Posner a NYS Senate Woman of Distinction

Each year, the New York State Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their community and, in doing so, have had a positive impact on New York State. This year, Senator Jack M. Martins named Jean-Marie Posner of Sands Point the Seventh Senate District Woman of Distinction.

On Tuesday, May 16, Jean-Marie made the trip to Albany for the special ceremony that was held after Senate Session, during which the women of distinction from each of the Senate districts were recognized.

“Jean-Marie has meant so much to many organizations and fellow residents. Her work for the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve as well as for education and senior citizen affairs has left an indelible mark on the community,” said Senator Martins.

May 16, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill That Extends Time to Use Train Tickets and Eliminates Refund Charges

Common sense legislation, sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to repeal a processing fee for customers to refund unused Long Island Railroad tickets received wide bi-partisan support as it passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday by a 60-0 vote.

Currently, a customer who purchases a LIRR ticket and doesn’t use it has to pay a $10 processing fee just to receive a refund. In many cases, the refund costs more than the ticket itself. In addition, the current policy gives customers only 14 days to use a ticket or 30 days to seek a refund. Senator Martins’ bill (S.3778D) eliminates the $10 processing fee to return an unused ticket and gives customers a full six months after the purchase date to either use the ticket or receive a full refund.

May 16, 2012
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Senate Majority Proposes College Affordability Plan

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Majority Conference outlined a plan to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education. The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.

May 16, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Mother - The Great Vacationless Class

Two sets of twins – same family – double doses of double trouble. That was life for my mom and dad: two sets of twins and another child just to stir things up. How they actually survived, especially mom, I’ll never know. But having a weekly column I think it’s high time I offer some reflection on and praise for the woman who so selflessly raised us. So I apologize in advance if this week’s column sounds like I’m being sentimental about her. It’s only because I absolutely am.

May 14, 2012
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Congratulations to Manhasset High School Crew Team on Win at LI Regatta

Members of the Manhasset High School Crew Team look forward to participating in the Long Island Scholastic Championship Regatta each year and once again this year, their enthusiasm for rowing showed as the team won 14 Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Medals. In fact, Manhasset had 23 boats racing, 19 of which clinched medals.

“It is a beautiful place to row and it allows us to share good times with all the Long Island schools as well as those near us,” said coach Hugo Guardado-Henriquez, who has been with the program for four years.

May 14, 2012
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Senator Martins Nominates New Hyde Park Memorial High School Student for SUNY Maritime Cadet Appointment

Senator Jack M. Martins had the privilege of nominating New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior John Fanelli for the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College Cadet Appointment Program. As a result of the nomination, John was appointed to the Regiment of Cadets at SUNY Maritime and was awarded a four-year, full tuition scholarship as part of the distinction. John has a grade point average of 94.

“I want to congratulate John on this appointment. He comes from a wonderful family and has a bright future ahead. He is bright young man that will be an asset to the program,” said Senator Martins.

May 10, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Newest Eagle Scout From New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor to congratulate Neil Daniel Duggan of Boy Scout Troop 298 of New Hyde Park for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a scout can achieve. Senator Martins presented Neil Daniel Duggan with the resolution that was passed on the floor of the Senate on April 19.,

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Elmont Memorial PTSA Art Show Fundraiser

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont this past Friday evening supporting the Elmont Memorial High School PTSA Art Show Fundraiser. The art show showcased different styles and genres of art along with some special pieces from painted by students. Elmont residents bid on the pieces as an auctioneer called out bids throughout the evening. Senator Martins was successful in his bid for a 9-11 American Flag piece as well as a commemorative photo of Yankee Great Phil Rizzuto and singer Frank Sinatra. Pictured with Senator Martins diplaying the 9-11 American Flag piece are: Dutch Broadway School PTA President Marie Saintvil, Sharon Woitko, Petula Howell, Elmont Memorial PTSA President Barbara Reynolds, Theodora Ridley, Clara Camal, Sheila Shell, Charlie Shell and Tanya Bonner.

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Discusses Local Happenings on 'Your Voice'

In the latest edition of 'Your Voice' from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discussed his tour of the progress being made on the East Side Access Project, the Sewanhaka Central High School District Model UN, a visit from Sergeant Frame of Albertson during West Point Day in the Senate Chamber as well as a bill to help catering halls.

May 9, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Signs of Progress

Hold on to your hats. I’m going to do something I rarely do and for which I may not have another opportunity for a long time: compliment the MTA, and in particular thank the Long Island Railroad. Usually when I write about them, it’s to bring to light some egregiously wasteful practice or poor decision that further burdens taxpayers or riders. To be sure, there’s still plenty of that devil-may-care attitude there to fuel columns well into the next decade but by the same token, it’s only fair that I point out when the MTA makes progress.

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Groundbreaking for New Fire Station

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to attend the groundbreaking for the new fire station or the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department in East Hills.

“The Roslyn Highlands Fire Department has a rich history of providing valuable fire services for the communities it serves. This will enhance the volunteers’ ability to provide service when they respond to calls from residents. I want to commend Chief Robert Duchnowski, 1st Deputy Chief Adam Boll and 2nd Deputy Chief Michael Gannon and all the members of the department for their service,” Senator Martins said.

May 3, 2012
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Senate Passes Sex Abuse Prevention Bills

Measures Increase Penalties, Enhance Community Notification and Protection

The New York State Senate passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

May 2, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Helen's Walk

On Sunday, April 29, Senator Jack M. Martins participated in Helen's Walk to benefit the Helen Keller National Center. The walk takes place in scenic Sands Point, ending at the Helen Keller National Center. "I was glad to participate in Helen's Walk once again. It's a fantastic event for an organization that does amazing work," he said.

May 2, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

More Than Just a Tax Cap

I think people in neighboring states could hear New Yorkers breathe a collective sigh of relief this past week as we finally began to see the effects of our new tax cap. More than anything else, property taxes have been the overriding issue in New York for many years, especially since they’ve grown on average more than 6 percent a year for ten years, double the rate of inflation. So, after leading the nation in runaway increases for so long, we finally hit the brakes in 2011 with a tax cap that had bi-partisan support in both houses of the legislature. With limited exceptions, it holds increases in school and local property taxes to two percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

May 1, 2012
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