New York State Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with a prescription drug task force to be briefed on the abuse of prescription drugs as part of Red Ribbon Week.
Senator Martins spoke to the task force about ways to combat the abuse of prescription drugs, specifically how the issue affects young people. While many residents depend on doctor-prescribed medication, there is a danger in taking drugs that aren’t prescribed
Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Abuse of prescription drugs can also lead to street drugs.
When I first heard about hydro-fracking a few years back, I thought it was going to be played on my children’s X-box and cost me at least $100. While I happily discovered it wasn’t another video game, what I did learn gave me cause for concern.
Senator Jack M. Martins moderated a roundtable discussion entitled, "Our Future Depends on It: Increasing Latino College Success," at the Unidad Latina Legislative Conference in New York City.
Now more than ever, we must invest in increasing Latino college graduation rates as a means of stimulating long-term and sustainable community wealth and development. The panel discussed some of the challenges our youth face on their way to college, and identify programs and strategies that support and accelerate Latino college persistence and completion.
The panelists were:
Frank Sánchez, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, City University of New York
Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring a flu shot program on Friday, November 4 at the Port Washington Library. Flu shots will be given out, in conjunction with CVS Pharmacy, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hagedorn Room. The library is located at 245 Main Street in Port Washington.
According to the New York State Department of Health, getting immunized will protect you from catching the flu, a serious illness that can make you very sick. It will also help protect your loved ones. The best time to receive the flu shot is between early fall and December. The flu shots will be available for those 18 and over.
Senator Jack Martins took his listening tour to Elmont Memorial High School today where he met with students in an AP Government class about issues that impact the greater Elmont community. The session was a question and answer period that focused on the State budget, health care, education and taxes. Martins was greeted at Elmont Memorial by students Jeffrey Cadet, Elijah Ross, Ben Odugbesan and Daniel Alexander.
State Senator Jack Martins visited the Clara H. Carlson School Autism Academy today as part of his district listening tour throughout the 7th Senate district. The academy is one of the most comprehensive Autism learning programs in New York State. Senator Martins was joined in the tour and session by Clara Carlson School Principal Ken Rosner, School Board President Michael Jaime and Supt. Al Harper.
Ken Rosner, Principal of Clara Carlson school, led the tour showing Senator Martins the different classrooms, program modules and programming the school provides. “This program looks at each student individually. We develop a specific set of goals for each student,” Rosner remarked to Martins in the tour.
Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to the Elmont Memorial Spartan Football game this past weekend by the Elmont Spartan Cheerleading squad. Squad captains Dyani Dawes and Beatrice Pierre welcomed Senator Martins to the sidelines of the game as the Spartans won their game 28-23 against Mepham. "The cheerleading squad was terrific. Their routines were phenominal and had the crowd dancing and cheering with them. They made me feel right at home at Elmont," said Senator Martins.
A bill sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins limiting protests at military funerals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law requires that those who protest within 1,000 feet of a military funeral must apply for a permit. The issuing authority can then impose conditions of the permit.
The United States Supreme Court, in a decision earlier this year, held that people who protest at funerals of military personnel have constitution rights. “The Supreme Court let us down. While we have freedom of speech, it shouldn’t infringe on a family’s and a community’s right to mourn with dignity our heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country,” Senator Martins said.
Few things in life are more frightening, confusing or devastating than a diagnosis of cancer. The word alone is enough to send shivers down the spine of most people, especially when it strikes close to home, either in yourself or a loved one. Yet the outlook for people with cancer is often better than ever before.
The Senate is committed to providing important information about breast cancer, along with pertinent web sites and phone numbers where you can gather additional reference material as well.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with representatives from the National Psoriasis Foundation to discuss World Psoriasis Day, which takes place on October 29. There are 7.5 million Americans affected by psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about psoriasis and assisting those who are living with the disease.
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.
State Senator Jack Martins was on the sidelines with Elmont Principal John Capozzi cheering on the Elmont Memorial High School Spartan Football team this past Saturday as they took on Mepham. Senator Martins was invited to the game by players on the Varsity Football team who have interned in his office. Before the game started, Senator Martins was greeted by Elmont Spartan Star wide receiver Ben Odugbesan who scored two touchdowns in the contest to lift Elmont over Mepham 28-23. One of those touchdowns was as a result of Spartan QB Will Faison throwing a 40 yard touchdown to Odugbesan for a sensational Elmont score. Elmont running back Qusarn Caldwell also scored for the Spartan squad and receiver Kyle Johnson had a 99 yard kickoff return TD.
Wally is a friend of mine. He’s 90 years old and a World War II veteran. He’s also a gentleman who long ago stopped worrying about what people think. Don’t get me wrong. He’s as sharp as a tack. It’s just that he speaks his mind and doesn’t sweat the outcome. You could be mayor, senator, or President of the United States, you work for him and he prides himself on “giving it to you straight.” I guess that’s a fringe benefit of a long life. It’s also why I have always valued his opinion.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Mayor Matthew S. Bloomfield and the Village of Russell Gardens Board of Trustees in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Village of Russell Gardens.
"The Village of Russell Gardens had a rich history and, after 80 years, it remains of the best communities in our state. I was honored to be a part of the celebration, which honored the contributions of community members throughtout the years, building the village into a wonderful place to raise a family," said Senator Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins is partnering with NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Nassau County Police Department to help residents safely dispose of their expired or unused medications. The program is another quality of life initiative sponsored by Senator Martins for the Elmont, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Franklin Square, Bellerose Village, Bellerose Terrace, Stewart Manor and North Valley Stream communities.
Senator Jack Martins “Athletic Health and Fitness Day” was a huge success this past Saturday where hundreds of members of the Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park and Floral Park communities came out to learn about health and wellness issues at Elmont’s Valencia Gym. The program was developed by Martins and Elmont’s Valencia Gym, located on Hempstead Turnpike, to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for people of all ages.
“The turnout was sensational and a lot of fun was had by all,” said Senator Martins adding, “the specialized classes were filled and many people took the time to talk the outstanding staff of fitness experts at Valencia Gym about health issues. I‘m really glad I was able to partner with Valencia on this annual event.”
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School for the Disabled in Albertson recently for a special assembly during which he congratulated the basketball team on a well-earned win this summer against the Nassau County champion Elmont Spartans.
Prior to the assembly, Senator Martins met with the Henry Viscardi School board to discuss funding. During last year’s budget session, the executive’s budget proposal called for cuts to 4201 schools. Senator Martins, along with his colleagues in the Senate, fought to restore those cuts. Senator Martins told the board that he expects to have the same fight this next budget year.
Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon with the East Hills Seniors at East Hills Village Hall. Senator Martins was invited to speak by the village’s Senior Activities Committee. After giving a short presentation on his first legislative session in Albany, the seniors were ready with their questions and they fired away.
Senator Jack M. Martins was in the Village of Port Washington North on Sunday, October 9 to congratulate the village on the dedication of Bay Walk Park, Port North Pier and Bay Walk Outdoor Nautical Art Museum. Senator Martins was honored to join in the celebrating the project coming to fruition. The Bay Walk Nautical Art Museum offers a unique way for residents to enjoy the artwork of local artists. The Bay Walk Park and Port North Pier adds to the beauty of the village and, together with the museum, represents years of planning and determination in beautifiying the area.
Taking his listening tour back to the greater Elmont, South Floral Park, North Valley Stream and Franklin Square communities, State Senator Jack Martins huddled with College, High School and Graduate student leaders to talk about community issues. The listening session was the 11th such discussion in the greater area by Martins. “My goal is a simple one. We need to engage with all groups and people. We hear from civic groups, chambers of commerce and community leaders all the time. I wanted to hear from our younger leaders and listen to them,” said Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Plandome Heights Civic Association. Senator Martins is working with the association in trying to move along a project that addresses traffic calming on Plandome Road as part of the Safe Routes to School program, which is designed to help to implementing transporation projects that improve safety. A grant, announced in 2008 to to be administered to the Town of North Hempstead, has yet to be dispersed because of lack of the proper paperwork. However, after Senator Martins took office at the beginning of this year, he looked into what steps need to be taken to move the grant forward.