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Senator Martins Speaks at Program Dedication Ceremony For Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

State Senator Jack Martins offered comments and program insight at a dedication program at the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center this past Sunday, Feb. 6. The program, “These are My People,” discussed the selfless acts of Aristedes de Sousa Mendes during World War II. Mendes spearheaded a visa operation which resulted in the saving of 30,000 refugees from Nazi oppression during the invasion of France during World War II.

The event featured Senator Martins, Portugese Ambassador Jao Maria Cabral, Congressman Steve Israel, Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper, Yad Vashem Director of the Righteous Dr. Mordechai Paldiel and Luis Pires of Luso-Americano Newspaper.

February 9, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Martins

It’s been an historic week in Albany from the perspective that our state government is at last bringing tax relief to our residents. I was pleased to have voted along with my colleagues on a 2 percent tax cap to be imposed on local government. This will help to ensure that our residents will not be saddled with heavy tax increases that will drive them from their homes. The taxpayers have clearly spoken and we are listening.

The tax cap has been passed by the Senate and is supported by Governor Cuomo. We now need the Assembly to pass this legislation to begin the process of easing the tax burden on all New Yorkers.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report

In Senator Jack M. Martins' latest legislative report, he talks about the tax cap imposed to ease the property tax burden on New Yorkers as well as legislation he is working on.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Uncovers Unfair Practice by the MTA

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins last week uncovered an unfair practice engaged in by the MTA. Beginning December 30, in order to get a refund on a train ticket that is not used, a customer must pay a $10 “processing fee.” In many instances, the fee is more expensive than the ticket.

“I am appalled that the MTA is unwilling to give customers refunds by charging them a fee. Customers who purchase a ticket but don’t use the service should be able to get a refund on their money. It’s common sense,” said Senator Martins.

February 8, 2011
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Senator Martins Discusses Issues With Elmont Community Leaders

State Senator Jack Martins met with Elmont leaders today in an ongoing and consistent discussion about issues and challenges facing the greater community. Economic development, pension reform, education and creating jobs were a main thrust of the discussion.

February 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Fire Chiefs From the 7th Senate District

As part of his district tour and meetings with community groups and stakeholders throughout the 7th Senate district, State Senator Jack M. Martins met today with Fire Chiefs to discuss community issues, state funding and mandate relief. The meeting centered around composing strategies to help volunteer firefighters and emergency responders. Fire Chiefs from throughout the 7th Senate District, from Franklin Square to Port Washington, came together at the Mineola Fire Department to talk and work pro-actively together.

February 3, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report

Watch Senator Jack M. Martins gives an update on his exciting first month in office, where he has been busy in Albany as well as in the 7th Senate District.

February 3, 2011
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HEAP May Help You Pay For Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal and Other Heating Fuels

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. The regular benefit component of the 2010-2011 HEAP season is open, effective November 1, 2010.

How to Apply for HEAP:

Seniors (age 60 and over) and persons who are permanently disabled may apply by mail to:

Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs

60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd

2nd Floor North Entrance

Uniondale, NY 11553

Phone 516-227-7386

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Reads to Students at the Manorhaven School

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) recently visited the Manorhaven Elementary School in the Port Washington School District to participate in the Manorhaven Read Aloud 2011.

Senator Martins read, “Testing the Ice” by Sharon Robinson to the students and also met with Port Washington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon.

“Testing the Ice” is a book about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, written by his daughter Sharon. Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He faced adversity and displayed courage in overcoming the challenges he faced and paved the way for the integration of Major League Baseball, showing that baseball should not be segregated.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Great Neck Kiwanis Charter Ceremony

State Senator Jack M. Martins attended the chartering of the Great Neck Kiwanis on January 30. The club celebrated it’s inauguration with a special meeting, presentation of charter and dinner to commemorate the event.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins' Statement on the Governor's 2011-2012 Executive Budget

The Governor’s budget is a very sober assessment of the state of New York’s finances. I’m pleased that he has recognized the seriousness of our budget problem. I’m also glad to see that his answer is to not tax his way out of the recession.

Having said that, I am very concerned over some of the specific cuts to the 7th Senate District. On the face of it, our schools, hospitals and local governments are looking at devastating hits that will have a profound impact on families in the communities I represent. Right now, we have schools who may have to do away with local diplomas and have already cut Summer School and critical programming to our young people. These are real issues that have consequences.

February 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About the Tax Cap Legislation Passed by the Senate

Senator Jack M. Martins supported legislation calling for a tax cap to bring relief to taxpayers in the 7th Senate District.

January 31, 2011
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Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that places a cap on the growth of school and local government property tax levies at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes. In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.

January 31, 2011
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We've Hit the Ground Running in the 7th Senate District

My first month in office has been both exciting and challenging – mirroring the times we face in our daily lives. I have had the opportunity to meet with community leaders in all corners of our great district as I have visited schools, fire departments, villages and various community groups to listen to the concerns in each and discuss how we can address the challenges ahead.

January 31, 2011
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Senator Jack Martins Reflects on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Today is a day we reflect on one of the darkest hours our world has ever witnessed. At a time where many learned scholars have proclaimed that 'the world was sick,' too many sat still and simply looked the other way while genocide was perpetrated. It's too simple to say that we must never forget. We must educate. We must discuss. We must listen to those who lived through this human tragedy. The United Nations has proclaimed today to be International Holocaust Remembrance Day. For many of the people I represent, the Holocaust is not just a day to memorialize, it's a day that we remind ourselves that injustice, genocide and freedom of religion are not just catchphrases we utter. We live them."

January 27, 2011
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Elmont Model UN Students Host Senator Martins

Students from Gotham Avenue, Covert Avenue, Stewart Manor, Dutch Broadway, Alden Terrace and Clara H. Carlson Schools welcomed State Senator Jack M. Martins to their annual “Model UN Breakfast Forum” Saturday morning, January 22. Senator Martins greeted the participating students and congratulated them for their involvement in the highly recognized program. The students invited Senator Martins to give remarks at the opening of the program.

“It’s a great honor to have our new Senator Jack Martins here with us today,” said Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Elmont Schools Kathy Safrey, who noted, “We are so pleased that he has partnered with us here today.”

January 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Elmont Memorial High School to Meet with Principal and Students

Senator Jack M. Martins was back in Elmont recently to tour Elmont Memorial High School and meet with faculty and students as part of his district tour. Principal John Capozzi led the Senator around the school meeting with students and teachers. This is the fourth visit to Elmont for Senator Martins since January to meet with community members and leaders.

Mr. Capozzi gave Senator Martins a briefing on the school, the student body and the goals that the different classes have this year. In addition, Martins visited classrooms, the Science Research lab and school facilities. Along the way, Senator Martins spoke to students, faculty and community members about the school.

January 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Great Neck School Officials, South High School Students

Even with snow falling on Friday morning, January 21, students from the Great Neck School District still made it to class and Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) made it to Great Neck South High School to discuss the students’ aspirations for the future.Prior to going to Great Neck South High School, Senator Martins held a roundtable discussion with Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan, Great Neck Board of Education Vice-President Fran Langsner, Trustee Don Ashkenase, Trustee Susan Miner-Healy and John Powell from the business office.The Great Neck School officials and Senator Martins spoke about the quality of the Great Neck Schools. “The achievement is high. The students do extremely well,” said Dr.

January 24, 2011
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Senator Martins Votes to Help Long Island Families Through Passage of the Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act

New York State Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) voted today along with his colleagues in the Senate to bring relief to Long Island families by passing the Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new, private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility.Among the initiatives of the act is setting a cap on state spending at 2 percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower.“State government can no longer close its deficit on the backs of the taxpayers. This cap will ensure that the state lives within its budget, easing the burden on taxpayers,” Martins said.

January 20, 2011
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