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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He has been called Elmont’s “Haitian Sensation,” “The Hit Man” and “Vicious Vey,” but the most important name that Elmont resident Herve Duroseau cherishes is the name “Dad.”
Herve “Haitian Sensation” Duroseau was honored by State Senator Jack M. Martins for capturing the NY Daily News Golden Gloves boxing match in Madison Square Garden this past April. Duroseau was invited to the State Capitol where he was honored on the floor of the New York State Senate with a legislative resolution sponsored by Senator Martins and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
During the state budget process, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senator worked together with the Governor to pass a budget that closes a $10 billion deficit while holding the line on taxes. Since taking office in January, Senator Martins has been working toward providing tax relief for Long Island families and businesses.
Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Port Washington Education Foundation Educational Support Center at the Port Washington Public Library on Tuesday, April 26. He spoke with the third grade students gathered there for the weekly after-school program.
Senator Martins stated that the one of the best jobs of his job as a Senator was visiting with students. The children sang a song for the Senator about Port Washington, accompanied on the guitar by Doreen Gamel, who also wrote the lyrics.
Senator Martins explained why it is important to recognize those who work to make the community a better place and then proudly recognized PWEF Educational Support Center founder Ellen Bernstein Fox with a Senate Proclamation.
A bill sponsored by Senate Jack M. Martins authorizing the Town of North Hempstead to convey parkland from to the Carle Place Water District has passed the Senate.
The parkland begins on the western line of Carle Road going north along the western line of Carle Road from its intersection with the northern line of Winnie Court and includes about 1,627 square feet.
Senator Jack M. Martins passed a resolution on the floor of the Senate recognizing Elmont pitching stars Danny Aguilo and Enrique Sanchez. Aguilo made pitching history when he pitched a no-hitter, striking out 21 batters. Sanchez also threw a no-hitter for the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans. Senator Martins also recognized team captain Tommy Caraballo and wished him a happy birthday while on the floor of the Senate. Senator Martins remarked that these young men are a credit to their school and the entire Elmont community.
Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
A bipartisan group of State Legislators was joined at by representatives of the American Automobile Association (AAA) New York to discuss the Senate’s action and to urge the Assembly to vote on the bill as soon as possible. Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.
On a recent Friday morning, Senator Jack M. Martins had the opportunity to travel to Lake Placid to speak to the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York. Senator Martins spoke about legislation he sponsored that strengthens the consolidation law. The legislation makes it clearer for residents to under the ramifications of consolidating or dissolving a special district. Prior to making such as decision, residents should know who would pick up their fire fighting services if they were to considering dissolving a fire district. As the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Governments, Senator Martins is well aware of the value of the fire services in the Seventh Senate District and around the state.