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Senator Martins Visits the Port Washington Children's Center

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Port Washington Children’s Center to meet the 3 and 4-year-old children who are part of the center’s pre-school program. Senator Martins asked each of the children their names and then read “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle, which teaches children how to overcome grouchy feelings and be happy.

After reading the story, the children thanked Senator Martins by giving him a hug. “As a father of four daughters, I know that this is such a great age. The children are learning by listening to stories and by singing songs about positive values such as sharing. I want to commend the staff of the Port Washington Children’s Center. They are doing a great job,” said Senator Martins. “It was my pleasure to visit these young students.”

April 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Tours Great Neck Arts Center

Senator Jack M. Martins spent a recent Friday morning visiting the Great Neck Arts Center, where he received a tour of the center from Executive Director Regina Keller Gil and Development Director Caroline Sorokoff.

Senator Martins was able to get a glimpse of 3D art of Dov Lederberg and Yael Avi-Yoneh, which is on display on the center until May 1. Senator Martins also toured the ceramics room, the drawing room and the studio.

The Great Neck Arts Center is a premier venue for art, music, dance, drama, film and literature. It offers a wide variety of education classes for both adults including singing and children. The center also offers an outreach program.

April 18, 2011
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The Bet Between Senator Martins and Senator Fuschillo Is Settled!

Back in March, the Elmont Spartans and Baldwin Bruins boys basketball teams played at Hofstra for the Nassau County Class AA championship. Senator Jack M. Martins, who represents Elmont, challenged his colleague, Senator Charles Fuschillo, who represents Baldwin, to a bet. The loser of the bet would have to have lunch in the winning school's cafeteria. Senator Martins believed strongly that the talented young men that make up the Elmont Memorial High School basketball team would emerge victorious. 

Elmont came away with a thrilling victory and on Friday, April 15, Senator Martins greeted Senator Fuschillo at Elmont Memorial High School. The two Senators had lunch with the Spartans, congratulating them on their championship season. 

April 17, 2011
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Senator Martins Discusses Autism Issues

As part of his continuing listening tour of the 7th Senate District, State Senator Jack M. Martins huddled with Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper and Principal Ken Rosner and discussed Autism issues in the greater community. The Elmont School district currently has a widely recognized and celebrated Autism educational program where two dozen elmont students are successfully enrolled in the Clara H. Carlson School. Senator Martins was briefed on the program and its many facets during a tour of the Saturday academy this past week. "Clearly the Elmont schools are working very hard to address the needs of the children and families with this very specialized and well thought out program," said Senator Martins.

April 14, 2011
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Purple Heart Stamp to Last Forever

An effort to honor military heroes that began in the New York State Senate 11 years ago has now resulted in the U.S. Postal Service announcing that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation.

The campaign to create the Purple Heart Stamp was started in November 2000 by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-On-Hudson), a 23 year Army combat veteran. After a massive letter writing effort by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and other veterans organizations, the stamp was first issued in 2003. Since that time, a letter writing effort to continue the Purple Heart stamp had to be conducted each time the price of a first class letter changed to ensure the stamp would continue.

April 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Lauren's Law to Increase Organ Donation

In honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and passed life-saving legislation to significantly increase organ and tissue donation. Lauren’s Law (S.3885), sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver’s license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision.

"The bottom line is that organ donation saves lives. We all have seen it in our own communities. The ability to give life to another is extremely powerful. We need to bring attention to this issue. It is that important," said Senator Jack M. Martins.

April 14, 2011
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Mobile Office Hours at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins will be holding mobile office hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6 p.m. at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue in Manhasset. Mobile office hours in a way to bring the district office into communities for the convenience of constituents. 

April 14, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Senator Martins Visits Saturday School in Elmont

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Clara H. Carlson School on a recent Saturday to tour the Elmont School District's Saturday ELA preparation academy. Principal Ken Rosner and Elmont School Superintendent Al Harper joined Senator Martins in the tour.

Students were reviewing lessons and getting extra help from teachers in preparation of the English and Math ELA exams being administered this year. The Saturday program is a unique one started in the district a few years ago through an initiative begun by Superintendent Harper. Senator Martins visited four classes and spoke to the Saturday school students about their lessons.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protects Children From Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a measure requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. With many parents now beginning to think about summer camps, the bill (S.3777A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) would protect children and facilitate the detection of abuse by camp staff.

“It only makes sense that when it comes to our children's safety that we take the guess work out of required reports of suspected child abuse cases,” Senator Martins said. “We already require so many different professionals to report and it is clear that camp counselors in their position of supervision of our children should be added to that list of mandate reporters.”

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Model UN Team From Floral Park and New Hyde Park Memorial High Schools

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the Model UN team from Floral Park Memorial High School and New Hyde Park Memorial High School. The team participated in the Sewanhaka Interschool District Model UN competition. Senator Martins was greeted to the conference by student Aaron Weinstock of New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Sewanhaka Model UN Team

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the Model UN team from Sewanhaka High School. The team participated in the Sewanhaka Interschool District Model UN competition. Senator Martins was greeted to the conference by student Shana Brodeur.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Carey High School Model UN Team

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the Model UN team from H. Frank Carey High School of Franklin Square. The team participated in the Sewanhaka Interschool District Model UN competition. Senator Martins was greeted to the conference by student Louie Cona.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School Model UN Team

The annual Lee Markus SIDMUN Model UN competition at Sewanhaka High School was the scene this past weekend where hundreds of high school students from Elmont, Floral Park, Carey, New Hyde Park and Sewanhaka High Schools debated the issues and represented their adopted home country’s interest in Model UN. Students represented countries from the United Kingdom to Azerbaijan in the conference taking up their respective interests and debating the issues passionately from 8:15 a.m. until sunset.

April 11, 2011
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Elmont Memorial High School FBLA Succeeds at Annual Conference in Rochester

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated FBLA member Funlola Otukoya, who is the President of the Model United Nations, on Elmont Memorial High School's outstanding wins at the annual FBLA conference held in Rochester this past weekend. Elmont Memorial's team won 25 team awards in the competition. "What a great win for Elmont Memorial's FBLA team. Elmont, Carey and all our local high school teams did an outstanding job. The dedication, work and entrepreneurial spirit the team brought to the competition was truly inspiring. It's competitions like these where our future business leaders gather to develop their skills and opportunities. They made our entire community proud," said Senator Martins.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Helps Save Long Island Bus

Senator Jack M. Martins along with colleagues, Senator Charles Fuschillo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, saved severe cuts to Long Island Bus by allocating funding from the Senate's MTA capital reserve fund. Riders who depend on Long Island Bus for transportation can continue to use the service. Watch News 12's coverage. 

April 10, 2011
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Lawmakers Hold Public Hearing on Overcharging By LIPA

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in a Senate hearing on providing oversight of LIPA. Watch News 12's coverage of the hearing. 

April 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Intel Semifinalists From Roslyn High School

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Roslyn High School on Thursday, April 7 to present the students who were name semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search with Senate Resolutions.

Senator Martins congratulated Roslyn High School seniors Brian Chen, Sarah Pak and Caroline Trezza and discussed their projects with them.

Brian’s project was entitled, “Does Ethnicity Matter: The Effect of Student Ethnicity on Teacher Perceptions and Grades.”

Sarah’s project was entitled, “To Log or Not to Log: The Effect of Mandatory Reading on Children’s Intrinsic Motivation to Read.”

Caroline’s project was entitled, “The Relationship Between Academic Procrastination and Beliefs About Effort and Capability in High School Students.”

April 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Holds Mobile Office Hours at the Hillside Public Library

On Thursday, April 7, Senator Martins held mobile office hours at the Hillside Public Library in New Hyde Park. The purpose of mobile office hours is to make constituent services accessible to the communities in the 7th Senate District. Residents had the opportunity to come to the library and make Senator Martins and his staff aware of any concerns they may have. Senator Martins also answered questions about state issues.

“It’s important to make our office accessible to the public. Our staff is always available in our District Office, but, through mobile office hours, we are able to make ourselves available to help our constituents in their own communities. It’s what we’re here for. I want to thank the Hillside Library for having us,” Senator Martins said.

April 8, 2011
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Village of Mineola Honors Senator Martins

After a busy Monday in Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins travelled home to the Village of Mineola to see his good friend Scott Strauss sworn in as the new Mayor of the village. Senator Martins served as Mayor of the Village of Mineola from 2003 to 2011. He stepped down when he was elected to the New York State Senate.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Announces State Sales Tax Exemption on Clothing, Footwear

Senator Jack M. Martins has announced that a state sales tax exemption has been reinstated from April 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012. The state sales tax rate is 4 percent. The exemption applies to sales of clothing and footwear costing less than $55 per item or pair.

The exemption will be extended to purchases of less than $110 for those items next year.

“This will be an enormous boost for our local retailers,” said Senator Martins. “It will hopefully spur economic growth. At the same time, it gives our consumers a break when they go shopping for clothing or shoes. Every little bit helps.”

April 6, 2011
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