On Saturday, April 2, Senator Jack M. Martins joined the Floral Park Fire Department for the Flag and Memorial Wall ceremony. The 9-11 Patriot Flag is making a tour of all 50 states and flew over Floral Park. The flag is 30X55.5 feet and weighs 75 pounds. It was raised by two aerial ladder fire trucks at the Reliance Firehouse parking field on Jericho Turnpike and Holland Avenue.
The ceremony was extremely emotional since it paid tribute to Keith Fairben and Ronald Kloepfer, who died on 9-11 while coming to the rescue of others.
Ceremony honors the lives of African-Americans, past and present
The Round Table discussion at the Eighth Annual Black History Month Celebration, presented by Elmont Online and Highlighting Success, Inc., drew attention to a significant topic: Economic Development in Elmont. Moderated by Scott Cushing, a member of the 2011 Black History Month Committee, the discussion spanned Elmont’s potential, its progress to date, and the community’s challenges.
Senator Jack M. Martins had the distinction of being the last Senator to speak on the budget. The budget, he said, addresses a balance between services that are necessary while providing relief for the residents of New York State who have been taxed to the breaking point.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans, lead by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), today announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.
Mineola High School not only has one student accepted to Harvard University, but two.
Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated Mineola High School seniors Sean Cha and Luke Escobar for being accepted to Harvard University.
"Sean and Luke are a testament to the education taking place in Mineola. They made the entire community proud. I wish them the best of luck but I know it is hard work that will make them successful," Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins came home from a busy week in Albany during which the Senate passed a budget for New York State and met with students in Mark Bomser’s Advanced Placement Government class.
Senator Martins spoke about the budget that was just passed in Albany. He told the students that it was a difficult process because the Legislature had to work with the Governor to close a $10 billion deficit. Since people are in need of tax relief, the Senate and the Governor decided that the way to close the budget deficit without increasing the burden on taxpayers was to cut spending.
Senator Jack M. Marting fought for the schools in the 7th Senate District and was able to restore significant cuts in aid that were proposed. He spoke about the importance of restoring cuts to the Elmont and Sewanhaka Central High School Districts.
The New York State Senate passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.
Proposal Gives New Tools to Prosecute Wrong-Way Driving, Other Dangerous Actions
With recent tragic accidents involving motorists driving the wrong way, the New York State Senate took up a measure to address the issue by passing a bill (S.3452) to help make roads safer by strengthening penalties for reckless driving and creating a new crime of aggravated reckless driving.
The legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, enhances prosecution of individuals charged with dangerous driving behavior, especially when incidents involve people who are drunk or high and drive on roads in the wrong direction.
If you think back to the budget crisis of a year ago and the discussions today, there truly is a marked difference. In both, the state was grappling with a devastating fiscal crisis, but this year the commitment was made to reduce spending as opposed to continuing the cycle of ever more taxes and spending. That was the norm in Albany from both sides of the aisle for far too long. We all remember the more than $14 billion in taxes, fees and surcharges the past two years on like payroll, electricity, natural gas, and bottled water.
Senator Jack M. Martins honored Boy Scout Troop 298's two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony, held on Friday, March 11 at Clinton Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Scouts Casey Falconer and Matthew Miller reached the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve. It takes years of hard work and dedication in Scouting to become an Eagle Scout.
"I congratulate Casey and Matthew. They are two oustanding young men who have a bright future. To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that will serve them well in the future. They are leaders in their community and I was proud to attend their Eagle Court of Honor," Senator Martins said.
Senator Jack M. Martins sat down with students with the "Campaign for Summer Jobs" this past week. The campaign promotes Summer job opportunities for young people that emphasizes creating and establishing small business as well as running a business. The campaign has been a great success for a over a decade.
In this week's Legislative Update from Albany, Senator Martins discusses the state budget, recent legislation concerning prohibiting protests at military funerals and visits to the Drexel Avenue School in Westbury and the Port Washington community.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblyman Ed Ra greeted students from the Elmont Union Free School District for their annual performance at the Empire State Plaza Concourse for "Music in Our Schools Week" sponsored by NYSSMA! Senator Martins greeted the Elmont String Ensemble and opened the performance with remarks. Senator Martins thanked Elmont's "maestro" Xavier Rodriguez for his work and dedication as a music teacher in the Elmont School district.
The New York State Senate passed a bill that would prevent insurance fraud by making it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.
“Criminals trying to rip off the system by staging auto accidents are also putting innocent lives in jeopardy,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said. “This bill would crack down on the practice by creating tough new criminal penalties for staging car accidents, and it would have the added benefits of reducing fraud, lowering insurance costs and making our streets safer.”
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Senator Jack M. Martins presented a Resolution on the floor of the New York State Senate honoring the Elmont Memorial High School boys basketball team. The Sparts won the Nassau County Class AA championship.
Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to attend the Eagle Scout of Honor ceremony in honor of Gregory K. Michel and Daniel R. Michel of Troop 241 in Port Washington and present the troop’s two newest Eagle Scouts with Senate Resolutions.
The twin brothers received the highest honor that a scout can achieve, the rank of Eagle Scout. On their trail to the Eagle Scout honors, Gregory earned 27 Merit Badges and Daniel earned 23.
Senate's Proposal Eliminates MTA Payroll Tax for Schools
The New York State Senate's budget proposal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year closes a $10 billion budget deficit, calls for even less spending than the Governor's budget proposal and sends a message that education is a priority.