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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO THE STATE CAPITOL

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Mineola High School music students to the State Capitol in Albany. 

     Members of the School’s 11-12 grade concert band and jazz band were in Albany performing as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) annual Music in Our Schools Month. Students performed in the Empire State Plaza for an audience of legislators, staffers, and Capitol visitors. 

     Senator Martins (standing, third right) is pictured with Mineola High School’s student musicians during their performance in Albany.

March 27, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Mr. Mineola

I wanted to write something poetic here. My intention was to memorialize a good friend with words that would strengthen those of us who loved him while capturing his extraordinary spirit for those who didn’t know him. But I got stuck, starting and stopping a good half a dozen times as no words seemed to be doing my sentiments justice. Then, as providence would have it, I came across a quote from the American essayist, E.B. White, who wrote “To achieve style, begin by affecting none.”

March 26, 2014
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SENATE PASSES MANDATORY DWI TESTING AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENTS

Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death Occurs

The New York State Senate passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation requires testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

“This measure is another step in holding those who choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol accountable for putting innocent lives at risk,” Senator Martins said. “This will provide law enforcement with more effective means to make our roads safer and save lives.”

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS PASSES BILL PROTECTING CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED IN MOTOR VEHICLES

The State Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) that makes it unlawful to leave a child under 8-year-old unattended in a motor vehicle.

During the warm summer months, dangerous conditions can arise in standing or parked motor vehicles as trapped heat causes the temperature inside to rise dramatically. Between 1998 and 2004, 230 children have died of hyperthermia from being left in cars. In 2005, by mid-summer, 19 deaths were recorded as a result of hyperthermia.

Senator Martins’ bill requires that children remaining in a parked or standing car be accompanied by a someone who is at least twelve years old.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: REJECT PROPOSED LOOSENING TO PESTICIDE REPORTING LAW

Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is calling for the final state budget to reject a proposal by Governor Cuomo to loosen regulations which require pesticide use to be reported by zip code.  The Governor’s proposal would eliminate tracking pesticide use by zip code and instead track pesticides only by the county where they are sold.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, & LEGISLATOR WALKER TO SPONSOR KIDPIX CHILD ID PROGRAM IN HICKSVILLE

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rose Walker will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Hickville. The program will be held on Friday, April 25th from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville). 

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & LONG ISLAND CARES SPONSORING PET FOOD DRIVE TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is joining with Long Island Cares in sponsoring a pet food drive to help animals in need.

     “Anyone who has a dog or cat knows that they are not just animals; they become part of the family. When a family falls on hard times, having to give up their pet and place it in a shelter can be devastating for both them and the animal. This program will help support Long Island Cares’ efforts to help ensure that pets can stay in their homes, with their families, where they belong,” said Senator Martins.

March 24, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins: It’s the Same Old Song

     Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head. 

March 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE’S COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that he has been named Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee. 

     “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy; they create jobs, generate revenue, and provide important services to the community. Helping them grow and thrive is critically important. We’ve made significant progress over the last several years towards lowering the cost of doing business in New York State, but there is still much more which must be done. I am very excited to serve in this new role and look forward to getting to work,” said Senator Martins.

March 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS SELECTION PROCESS

New, More Equitable Process Would Distribute Appointments Among Governor, Senate and Assembly

March 20, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW TO SEARCH FOR UNCLAIMED FUNDS

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) is informing residents how they can find out if they are entitled to any of the $12 billion in New York State unclaimed funds. 

     Unclaimed funds are monies such as un-cashed checks, old bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, and stocks and dividends that people have left dormant or forgotten about. State law requires banks, utilities, and many other businesses and companies to turn over these inactive accounts to the State Comptroller’s Office, which holds the funds in trust until they can be reclaimed by their rightful owner.

March 18, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS DISCUSSES COMMON CORE AND MORE ON "YOUR VOICE"

On this week's edition of "Your Voice," Senator Martins discusses his opposition to the reappointment of the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were responsible for the failed rollout of Common Core; his recent visit with Elmont High School's Model UN team after winning an award at an international competition in China; his opposition to Governor Cuomo's proposal to provide free college education to prison inmates; his meeting with the Nassau Library Council; and the recent Kids Soccer Clinic he sponsored with the New York Cosmos in Floral Park. 

March 18, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & NEW YORK COSMOS SPONSOR FREE KIDS SOCCER CAMP IN FLORAL PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently partnered with the New York Cosmos to sponsor a free children’s soccer camp in Floral Park. Senator Martins sponsored the event along with Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), County Executive Ed Mangano, Legislator Vincent Muscarella, and Councilman Ed Ambrosino. 

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORS PORT WASHINGTON BOY SCOUTS FOR EARNING SCOUTING’S HIGHEST AWARD

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislative resolutions he sponsored honoring three Port Washington residents for attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

     The legislative resolutions honored Matthew Canigiani, Carl Finkbeiner, and Arjuna Lal on earning Scouting’s highest honor. Matthew, Carl, and Arjuna are all members of Boy Scout Troop 241 in Port Washington. With passage of the resolutions, Matthew, Carl, and Arjuna’s achievements will forever be part of the official record of the New York State Senate.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS APPOINTED TO LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE TO COMBAT GROWING HEROIN CRISIS

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) has been appointed to a new legislative task force which will examine ways to combat the growing heroin crisis on Long Island and throughout New York State. 

     “Children are the number one target of the exploding heroin epidemic. Far too many young lives have been destroyed by this dangerous and deadly drug. We need to do more to stop heroin and opioids from poisoning our children. As a member of this task force, I look forward to developing new ways to protect our communities and stop this growing epidemic,” said Senator Martins.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION WOULD CUT TAXES, INCREASE SCHOOL AID, AND DELIVER MANDATE RELIEF TO SCHOOLS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the recently approved 2014-15 Senate budget resolution would balance the budget without raising taxes or fees, deliver tax relief to families and businesses, and increase state education aid to local school districts. The resolution includes several measures aimed at delivering permanent mandate relief to schools, local governments, and special districts. 

March 14, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL URGE GOVERNOR CUOMO TO INTERVENE ON PSEG-LI PORT WASHINGTON PROJECT

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) have urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene on behalf of Port Washington residents with regard to PSEG-Long Island’s Port Washington utility pole project. 

     PSEG-Long Island has opted to harden and enhance electric transmission capacity in Port Washington by using large-diameter poles, which are up to 80 feet in height. Local residents, businesses, and civic organizations, including Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, have expressed concerns about the project’s impact on their quality of life and the character of the community.

March 13, 2014
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WESTBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS MEET WITH SENATOR MARTINS IN STATE CAPITOL

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Lagnado and members of the Westbury School District Board of Education to the State Capitol in Albany. 

     Senator Martins discussed a variety of issues with the officials, including the need to deliver additional state education aid to the district so that it can serve its rapidly growing student population.

     Senator Martins (center) is pictured as he meets with Dr. Lagnado (second left) and Board of Education members (l-r) Karin Campbell, Leslie Davis, and Pless Dickerson in the Senate Chambers in Albany.

 

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS VOTES “NO” TO REAPPOINTING INCUMBENT REGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILED COMMON CORE POLICIES

     “Earlier today, I voted 'no' to reappointing all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents who were seeking another term. I did so because of their involvement in the State Education Department’s horrific rollout and implementation of Common Core, as well as decisions they made regarding our children’s privacy, specifically, inBloom.

     I've heard from thousands of parents about the Common Core rollout over the last several months. Not one has said that it was positive. They're angry, frustrated, and disgusted with the way the Regents and the State Education Department has handled this process and the effect it has had on their children. I totally agree with them. They want a change, and so do I.

March 11, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS MEETS WITH SEWANHAKA & FRANKLIN SQUARE SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS IN ALBANY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed officials from the Sewanhaka and Franklin Square School Districts to the State Capitol in Albany. 

March 10, 2014
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