“Earlier today, Nassau OTB officially abandoned its plan to put a VLT facility at the former Fortunoff’s Store in Westbury.
This is welcome news for all of us who have spent the last several weeks telling OTB that a VLT facility does not belong at this site. It is too close to our homes, our schools, and it would have a negative impact on the community.
I thank OTB for finally listening to the thousands of residents, community leaders, and elected officials who voiced their concerns and abandoning its plan.”
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for new electronic resources at the Shelter Rock Public Library.
The Library is using the $25,000 in state funding to purchase subscriptions for programs that will enhance services for residents. Using the subscriptions, patrons will have access to a wide variety of downloadable music and e-books.
“The Shelter Rock Public Library provides a wealth of programs, services, and resources for residents. This funding will allow the Library to deliver even more services to residents, and I’m pleased to support their efforts,” said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently served as a guest reader to students at Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset.
Senator Martins took part in the school’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Read” program, an annual event where community members read to children. As per tradition, students do not know who their class’ guest reader will be until he or she walks into the classroom, helping to get them even more excited about the event.
Senator Martins is pictured reading to students in Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Meyers’ first grade class at Munsey Park Elementary School.
"For weeks we have been telling OTB that Fortunoff's is the wrong place for a VLT facility, period. It's too close to our homes, to our schools, and has no place in our community. The entire community, its elected officials, and leaders stand united in opposition. The Town of Hempstead has confirmed what everyone outside of OTB has known all along; that this facility is too close to our homes. OTB needs to listen to the community and walk away."
For the third time in the past year, I joined the overwhelming majority of my Senate colleagues in, once again, voting for a series of women’s equality bills that fight discrimination in our laws, ensure equal pay for equal work, and assist women who are victims of human trafficking, violence, and harassment. These are great bills that would do a great deal to address the inequality plaguing so many women in our society. So, with each of these bills having passed the Senate, the question remains, where is the Assembly?
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has been appointed Chairman of the Senate’s Labor Committee.
The Senate Committee on Labor addresses issues arising under Employers’ Liability Law, Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation Law. Senator Martins was appointed Chairman by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos.
“Governor Cuomo’s State of the State continues to place an important focus on what I believe are the key priorities that have helped put New York State back in the right direction: cutting taxes, controlling state spending, and growing our economy.
Working together in a bipartisan manner over the last four years, we’ve achieved some great things: the lowest income tax and business tax rates in decades, a functioning and fiscally responsible state government, a much improved business climate, and smart investments in economic development, infrastructure, and education. The Governor stated that we must 'keep doing what we’ve been doing,' and I completely agree.
I grew up in what can only be described as a blue collar household, in a community where a premium was placed on hard work, self sufficiency, and respecting authority in all forms - parents, teachers, elders, and the police. There was no backtalk or mouthing off and certainly no attacking those in authority. It wasn't even imaginable.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored Hicksville residents Christopher Scully and Thomas Miller for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Senator Martins, along with Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer, attended the Court of Honor to personally congratulate Christopher and Thomas, members of Boy Scout Troop 291, on earning scouting’s highest honor.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that legislation to protect children from nicotine has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation, which Senator Martins supported in the Senate, will prohibit the sale of liquid nicotine to minors and require childproof containers to protect against accidental poisoning.
On this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Martins discusses the new legislative session and the priorities for the upcoming year, including job creation, additional tax relief, controlling spending, and investing in infrastructure. He also talked about a new law he authored to help homeless veterans and the toy drive he sponsored to benefit children in Winthrop-University Hospital. Click the video above to watch.
Nassau Off Track Betting (OTB) is currently in negotiations to install 1,000 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at the former Fortunoff's store in Westbury. Many residents in the Westbury/Carle Place have expressed concerns about this proposal, including the potential for increased traffic and crime, as well as the impact on safety, quality of life, and home values. Senator Martins shares these concerns and stands with the Carle Place/Westbury community.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited the Hillside Library in New Hyde Park to thank patrons and staff for participating in his annual holiday toy drive.
Senator Martins’ holiday toy drive is an annual program which collected new, unused toys to benefit children in Winthrop-University Hospital. Senator Martins visited the Library to pick-up the toys and personally thank the students for their efforts.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. The comprehensive package of legislation, of which Senator Martins is a sponsor, would: stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently sponsored a free basketball skills challenge camp for local elementary school children. The program was held at Dutch Broadway School and Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont.
The program allowed children to learn about the game and develop their skills, including ball handling, shooting, positioning, and footwork. Local athletes and coaches, as well as college and professional players, served as instructors at the event.
Senator Martins is pictured with the players and coaches who took part in the recent basketball clinic he sponsored in Elmont. They are joined by Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is reminding residents that they have the right to file an appeal if they believe their property has been over-assessed by the Nassau County Department of Assessment.
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing $275,000 in NY Works II funding to clean up and remediate a brownfield site in Elmont (546 Hempstead Turnpike).
“This funding benefits the environment, economy, and quality of life in Elmont. Cleaning up and remediating this site will allow it to be repurposed from an abandoned lot to something which will deliver economic development and new revenue for the Elmont community. I am pleased to support it,” said Senator Martins.
Students from Center Street School and Searingtown School in the Herricks School District recently helped Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) bring some extra holiday cheer to children in need.
The students collected hundreds of toys for Senator Martins’ annual holiday toy drive to benefit children in Winthrop-University Hospital. Senator Martins visited both schools to pick-up the toys and personally thank the students for their efforts.