Last year it was Irene, now it looks like Hurricane Sandy could be paying us a visit. While Irene caused an incredible $4 billion dollars worth of damage, the National Weather Service says Sandy is actually more powerful and potentially more destructive. Sadly, as of this writing, she’s already claimed 44 lives.
I stress this because I’ve heard some say, “it can’t happen here.” That’s simply not true. Long Island has been hit by several category three hurricanes and nothing could be more dangerous than ignoring that fact. So I am including some tips below to help you prepare and stay safe. Also, if you have a vulnerable neighbor – a senior or someone with a disability – please be sure to check on them before and after the storm.
Legislation supported by Senator Jack M. Martins to strengthen domestic violence laws and enhance protections so victims can sever ties with their abusers has been signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
The legislation holds serial offenders more accountable for their behavior with the creation of a new crime and new considerations when determining bail, and creates a state-level Fatality Review Team to find new ways to prevent intimate partner homicides.
It's hard to believe that the holidays are quickly approaching and it's time once again for the Senator Jack Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest. The contest is open to all sixth grade students who are asked to write an essay, "What Are You Most Thankful For?"
Senator Martins started the contest last year and it was a big success as the sixth grade students who participated did an incredible job of putting Thanksgiving into perspective.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Long Island Builders Institute meeting to discuss issues important to its members.The Long Island Builders Institute, formed in 1941, is an association of building industry professionals who are dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work, by creating a balance between the economy, the environment and development opportunities for all communities and residents.
I am sure you can imagine the phone calls and emails my office took this week as homeowners received their school tax statements. As a pretty seasoned public servant, I can tell you that as sure as the moon raises the tides, taxes raise blood pressures.
This time was no different, except people were asking me, “What happened to the tax cap?” In these cases, they knew their school district had voted to keep the budget at the cap, so they were understandably shocked when they received tax increases of much larger rates.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently appears on Interviews That Matter with Raj Mehta, a show that focuses on issues in the community. Senator Martins spoke about how he got involved in governments and his first term in the New York State Senate.
Mr. Mehta has interviewed many elected officials and community leaders for his talk show. Senator Martins thanked him for the interview, which can be seen in its entirety right here.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro recently toured the site of the Westbury Theater to see the progress being made on the renovation project. Accompanying Senator Martins and Mayor Cavallaro were Andrea Lohneiss of the Empire State Development Corp., former Assemblyman Jerry Kremer and property owner Cyrus Hakakian.
The Westbury Theater is an historically significantly project in Westbury. In was built in the 1920s and was a main attraction in the village for several decades until it was closed in July 2001. It is currently being renovated to include a two-screen art cinema, a multi-purpose event space, a casual theme restaurant and artist studio lofts.
Jack M. Martins was back in Elmont visiting the Clara H. Carlson School to participate in a special "Reading 180" program that has been established in the Covert Avenue, Clara Carlson, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor, Gotham Avenue and Alden Terrace Schools. The program is funded through grant funding Senator Martins was able to channel to the Elmont School District. Superintendent Al Harper, Clara Carlson School Principal Ken Rosner and Assistant Supt. Barbara Schwarz briefed Senator Martins on the program that is an aggressive reading program developed by Scholastic. "The Reading 180 program is very impressive and is working in the Elmont School District.
Senator Martins continues to make his office accessible to residents around the Seventh Senate District by bringing the office directly to the community through his mobile office hours. Most recently, Senator Martins held mobile office hours in the Shelter Rock Library to listen to questions and concerns from residents.
Senator Jack M. Martins was recently honored by the Long Island Contractors' Association for his work in the Senate on moving Long Island economy forward. "This was a tremendous honor. I thank LICA for recognizing our efforts in the Senate to move our economy forward and create jobs," he said.
Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) and partner Conifer Realty, LLC to host a groundbreaking ceremony for Cathedral Place Apartments – which was awarded state resources through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative to build 36 units of rental housing in New Cassel. Senator Martins not only represents the community, but is also a member of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.
Senator Jack M. Martins will be partnering with CVS to offer flu shots to constitutents during his Health and Wellness Fair, which will take place on Saturday, October 20, from 1-4 p.m. at Carle Place High School, located at 168 Cherry Lane in Carle Place. Constitutents should bring insurance information if they have it. There will be no out-of-pocket cost.
In addition, the Health and Wellness Fair features numerous organizations that will be previding screenings and demonstrations.
The project to repave Jericho Turnpike is underway and, in an effort to make sure the communities are well informed, Senator Jack M. Martins facilitated a meeting between representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation and the officials from the Villages of New Hyde Park, Floral Park and Bellerose. The project involves the repavement of Jericho Turnpike, which is a state road that hasn't been repaved in quite some time. While workers will strive to impact communities as little as possible, Senator Martins wanted to ensure that the villages would be kept informed concerning the project and its progress.
Senator Martins had also facilitated a meeting some time ago with the Villages of Mineola and Westbury.
Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Boxing Gym, a local business located in Westbury. Senator Martins is a big supporter of small businesses, which are vital to the economy in our region.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with residents at the Great Neck Library to discuss issues important to the community. Among the issues discussed were hydo-fracking and local zoning. Senator Martins believes strongly in meeting with residents to listen to their questions and concerns. It's why he has scheduled mobile office hours throughout the Seventh Senate District.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel co-hosted a forum with five School Superintendents from Nassau County including Elmont Superintendent of Schools Al Harper, Great Neck School Superintendent Dr. Tom Dolan, Herricks School Superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth, Mineola School Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler and Roslyn School Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner as well as John B. King Jr., Commissioner of Education for the State of New York.
The panel discussed issues important to education on Long Island as the superintendents challenged the Commissioner to take a closer look at Long Island school districts in terms of student achievement. The entire discussion can be seen at http://youtu.be/k36l4oYYoko.
As a former library trustee, Senator Jack M. Martins has been a staunch supporter of libraries and the services they provide for local communities. Recently, at the Port Washington Library, Senator Martins held at roundtable discussion on issues important to libraries and the challenges they face.
Libraries are facing challenging times in trying to provide public services with limited funding. In this digital age, libraries have become resources for job searches as well as in-depth research projects.
Senator Martins, a former library trustee himself, held the roundtable discussion as a way to raise awareness of the issues facing libraries and the importance of the services they provide for both adults and children.
Flu Shots Will Be Given, Valuable Health Screenings Also Scheduled
Senator Jack M. Martins will be sponsoring a Health and Wellness Fair for all residents of the Seventh Senate District on Saturday, October 20, from 1-4 p.m. at Carle Place High School, located at 168 Cherry Lane. Multiple organizations have agreed to participate and, together with Senator Martins’ office, will provide valuable services to the community.
For the second straight year, Senator Jack M. Martins was an active participant in the New York State Senate Unidad Latina Conference, which brings together hundreds of individuals who represent a cross section of our region’s Hispanic community, including community, business and policy leaders.
Presented by members of the New York State Senate, the conference featured booth exhibits, legislative workshops, networking receptions, a luncheon, roundtable discussions and other activities. A principal goal of this two-day gathering will be to highlight and address issues of concern for Hispanic New Yorkers.