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Senator Martins Attends Installation For Floral Park Centre Fire Company

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the 86th Annual Installation Dinner Dance for the Floral Park Centre Fire Company.

Among the honorees were: Thomas Garland for 25 years of service; James Ficht and Thomas Freeman for 25 years of service; William Delgado, Leonard Garofalo, Thomas Garofalo and Kenneth Weigel for 20 years of service and Kevin Moon for five years of service.

Also, ex-chief John A. Brady received honors posthumously for his service to the company.  

May 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Supports Winthrop Hospital

Senator Jack M. Martins is looking forwad to working with Winthrop University Hospital on the construction of the new Research Institute. The plan calls for the hospital to consolidate its medical research programs under one roof in a state-of-the-science facility.

May 16, 2011
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Relive Elmont Pitcher Danny Aguilo's Amazing Performance

Elmont Memorial High School sophomore Danny Augilo's had a game pitchers dream of. Against Hempstead, Aguilo threw a no-hitter while recording every out by strikeout for 21 total in the game. Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to recognize this amazing achievement. 

Senator Martins recognized another Elmont Memorial High School Spartan in pitcher Enrique Sanchez, who also pitched a no-hitter.

The Elmont Memorial High School baseball team is not short on pitching - that's for sure!

May 15, 2011
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Relive the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans' Magical Championship Season

This year, the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans became Nassau County basketball champions. Take a look at their magical season.

May 13, 2011
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Senators Speak About Importance of Fighting for Long Island

When it came to the State Budget, Senator Jack M. Martins was among the Senate delegation that fought hard to make Long Island a priority.

May 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Intel Semifinalists From North Shore Hebrew Academy

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck to congratulate Jonathan Michael Nachman and Sarah Jamie Toledano for being named semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Jonathan’s project, “Green Micropatterning: Stamping Candida antarctica Lipase-B onto Poly(e-caprolactone),” focused on a green way to make a circuit board, using less dangerous chemicals.

Sarah’s project, “Strychnine Distinguishes between Two Populations of a1 Glyince Receptors in HEK Cells,” focused on distinguishing drugs based on their properties.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Troop 45's Newest Eagle Scouts

On Friday evening, May 6, Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scouts from Mineola Boy Scout Troop 45.

In its 90-year history, Troop 45 has a rich tradition of producing Eagle Scouts, which is the highest honor a scout can achieve. It takes years of dedication and commitment to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Vincent Buonincontro, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Nickolas D’Annunzio, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell joined the apex of scouting, making 122 Eagle Scout for Troop 45 including Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, who earned the rank in 1981.

May 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Wild West Benefit For the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve

On May 7, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Sands Point Preserve Wild West fundraiser at the Hempstead House to benefit the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. The honorees included Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Joseph McNulty as well as George "Butch" Starkie, mayor of the Village of Farmingdale and owner of Starkie Brothers Garden Center.

The mission of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is the preservation and protection of the magnificent structures and grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, to promote the Guggenheim Estate as a living museum focused on the preserve's rich history, natural habitats and the architectural features that enhance educational and cultural experiences for all who visit.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Apex Housing Complex in New Cassel

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Apex housing complex in New Cassel. The complex consists of Apex I and Apex II, two buildings that were built in recent years by the Kimmel Housing Foundation to provide housing for senior citizens, workforce families and the physically challenged.

Senator Martins met with Kimmel Housing Foundation Chairman Howard B. Kimmel, President Roberta Treacy and Patricia Bourne, EVP, Planning. Among the topics discussed were opportunities for housing in downtown areas and the proposed Apex III for New Cassel.

Residents from the complex were then invited to ask Senator Martins questions. Representatives from the Kimmel Housing Foundation thanked Senator Martins for visiting and for speaking to the residents of the housing complex.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Nassau Community College President

Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with Nassau Community College President Dr. Donald Astrab and Chuck Cutolo, director of government affairs for the college. Senator Martins spoke to Dr. Astrab about life at the college. Nassau offers students the opportunity to get a quality education for reasonable tuition rates.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About the MTA in His Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest legislative report from Albany, Senator Jack M. Martins discusses a recent hearing on the MTA finances as well as a visit to the Henry Viscardi School and his participation in an economic development forum in Elmont.

May 11, 2011
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Henry Viscardi School Thanks Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson and, after taking a tour of the school, was surprised at a welcome assembly during which the students presented Senator Martins with a thank you card with their names and messages on it. One message stated, “Thank you for all your help. My future means a lot to me.”

During the state budget negotiations, there was a proposal that was part of the Governor’s Executive Budget to shift costs for 4201 schools, which include the Henry Viscardi School, onto local school districts, thereby practically eliminating funding for those schools. However, Senator Martins was able to work with his colleagues to restore the funding to 4201 schools.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Hearing on MTA Finances

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended at Senate hearing, held on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury, that examined the finances of the MTA. Senator Martins expressed his concern over the amount of the debt the MTA has incurred and the debt service in the MTA's budget. Senator Martins and his colleagues are looking for ways to repeal the MTA payroll tax.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Elmont Soccer Club

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in the Elmont community again continuing his listening tour this past Saturday. This time, Senator Martins visited with parents and leaders of the Elmont Soccer Club. Elmont Soccer President Richard "Kiki" DeBrosse greeted Senator Martins and led him on a tour of the games Elmont children were playing. Games for children ages 4 and up were being played at the Dutch Broadway School athletic fields. Five games were in action during Senator Martins visit.

Parents spoke with the Senator about the Elmont community and their hopes for revitalization, tax relief and positive athletic programs like Elmont Soccer being accessible to Elmont's young people.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins' Bill Protecting Children From Drug Dealers Passes Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that increases the penalty for criminal sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 has passed the Senate with wide bi-partisan support.

In Nassau County, Heroin use has been on the increase in recent years so much so that it has been called an epidemic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice have announced a war against the drug with a priority on raising awareness to the problem.

May 10, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget gap without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a major change from how Albany has conducted business in recent years when the state routinely outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases. This represents a new era in state government – one of fiscal responsibility.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes 'The Shop' to Elmont

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed "The Shop" Barbershop to Elmont this past week! Lifelong local residents Carl Achille and Paul Graziuso opened their new "family friendly" shop on Hempstead Turnpike near Valencia Gym and King Umberto Restaurant. Joining Senator Martins in welcoming the new store was Elmont Chamber of Commerce member Muzzio Talini.

Achille and Graziuso are lifelong residents of Elmont and graduates of Gotham Avenue, Dutch Broadway and Elmont Memorial High School. Achille also served in the armed forces overseas and is an active member of the VFW.

May 10, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Senate Hearing on MTA Finances

Senator Jack M. Martins participated in a hearing that addressed the MTA’s finances on Thursday, May 5. The hearing was held at SUNY Old Westbury. It was sponsored by the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl Marcellino.

The hearing explored the MTA’s annual operating deficits in an effort to stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

“When it comes to the MTA, it doesn’t ever appear that revenues catch up with expenses. I am concerned with the MTA’s budget, especially when it comes to the impact on it of the debt service,” said Senator Martins.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Chamber Economic Development Forum

Senator Jack M. Martins answered questions and discussed economic development issues regarding Belmont Racetrack, Hempstead Turnpike and the Elmont-Franklin Square business corridor this past Thursday in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Elmont Chamber of Commerce. Calling the forum, “an excellent opportunity to explore economic development and create jobs,” Senator Martins saluted the efforts of the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development, the Elmont Chamber of Commerce and forum chair Muzzio Talini for being a driving force to revitalize the greater community.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets with Elmont Community Leader

DC37 Union representative and Elmont resident Magaly Polo visited with Senator Jack M. Martins this past week to discuss state budget issues, labor matters and creating jobs for working men and women in Albany. Senator Martins welcomed Magaly to the State Capitol, visited with her, and took her on a tour of the New York State Senate chamber before legislative session.

May 9, 2011
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