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Senator Martins Delivers Over 2,000 Toys to Children in Winthrop University Hospital

Winthrop toy donationSenator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently helped bring some extra holiday cheer to children in Winthrop-University Hospital by delivering over 2,000 toys he collected through his annual holiday toy drive.


“Watching a child’s eyes light up when they get a new toy is one of the best parts of the holiday season. When children are in the hospital, the gift of a new toy can really lift their spirits during a tough time. The community’s continued generosity will bring happiness to families in their time of need. Thanks to everyone who participated in this program,” said Senator Martins.


Students from 12 local schools, patrons of one local library, and residents from across Senator Martins’ Senate District collected and donated the toys. The schools and libraries who participated in Senator Martins’ toy drive are:


  • Center Street School (Herricks School District)
  • Cherry Lane Elementary School (Carle Place School District)
  • Floral Park-Bellerose School (Floral Park-Bellerose School District)
  • Great Neck North Middle School (Great Neck School District)
  • Hillside Grade School (New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District)
  • Hillside Public Library (New Hyde Park)
  • John Lewis Childs School (Floral Park-Bellerose School District)
  • Manhasset Secondary School (Manhasset School District)
  • New Hyde Park Memorial High School (Sewanhaka Central High School District)
  • Parkville Elementary School (Great Neck School District)
  • Rushmore Avenue School (Carle Place School District)
  • Searingtown Elementary School (Herricks School District)
  • Weber Middle School (Port Washington School District)


“The Senator’s visit is always a highlight here at Winthrop, and we appreciate all of the support from the community that goes behind this tremendous effort,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “The generosity that is extended to our Child Life Program as a result of this holiday toy drive ensures smiles on our patients’ faces last the whole year through.”


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Senator Martins Joins Parker Jewish Institute at Indian Cultural Unit Initiative Kickoff


Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation at the kickoff for their Indian Cultural Unit Initiative in New Hyde Park.


The new unit will provide high quality health care along with other services such as language interpreters, specialized food, cultural news and programming to enhance the quality of life for Indian residents and patients and their families.


Senator Martins is pictured with officials and staff from Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation and local community leaders.


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Senator Martins Joins Community in Celebrating Village of Baxter Estates’ 85th Anniversary

Village of Baxter Estates

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with Village of Baxter Estates Mayor Nora Haagenson, Village officials, community leaders and local residents in celebrating the Village’s 85th anniversary. The celebration was held at Village Hall.


Senator Martins presented Mayor Haagenson with a citation from the New York State Senate commemorating the milestone anniversary.


Senator Martins is pictured above with Mayor Haagenson at the Village’s 85th anniversary celebration.


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Senator Martins Invites Residents to Participate in His Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Residents & Community Groups Invited to Donate New, Unused Toys to Benefit Children in Winthrop’s Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center


Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is inviting residents to participate in his annual holiday toy drive.


Residents and community organizations are invited to donate new, unused toys to the program. All toys collected will be donated to children in Winthrop University Hospital’s Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center. Last year’s toy drive collected over 2,000 toys for the children.


“Every child loves getting a new toy. For a child in the hospital, it can really lift their spirits when they’re away from home going through a tough time. Through the continued generosity of the community, we will once again be able to put smiles on the faces of many children,” said Senator Martins.


Residents or community groups who would like to participate in Senator Martins’ annual Holiday Toy Drive can call his office at 516-746-5924 or drop toys off at his district office (252 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola).


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Senator Martins’ Legislation Honoring New York Veterans Signed Into Law

New Law Establishes Statewide World War I 100th Anniversary Commission to Highlight New Yorkers’ Role in World War I Victory


Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to honor the heroic contributions of New Yorkers to America’s victory in World War I has been signed into law. The new law creates a statewide World War I 100th anniversary commemoration commission to help honor the role New York State and New Yorkers played in the war.


“No other state gave more to America’s victory in World War I than New York. Approximately 10 percent of the American fighting force came from New York and over 13,000 New Yorkers made the ultimate sacrifice, more than any other state. As we approach the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, there is no more fitting way to honor and remember these heroes than teaching the present generations about their actions. I thank Governor Cuomo for working with us to pay tribute to the brave New Yorkers who answered the call to serve in the First World War,” said Senator Martins.


2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. New Yorkers played a pivotal role in the conflict and the Allied forces’ ultimate victory in 1918. Ten percent of all the American military personnel in World War I came from New York. Over 13,000 New Yorkers died in service to their country during the conflict. New York was home to the 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” the first African-American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces, and the 69th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Fighting 69th,” which included a Medal of Honor recipient and many others who distinguished themselves with their selfless acts of heroism.


New York State’s World War I 100th anniversary commemoration commission is tasked with:

  • Planning, developing, and promoting commemorative programs;
  • Assisting with efforts to develop or enhance educational institutions, sites, and museums related to World War I for educational, recreational, and tourism purposes; and
  • Encouraging private organizations, local governments, and state agencies to organize and participate in activities commemorating the World War I centennial.


The Commission must present its action plan to the Governor and the Legislature no later than June 30, 2017.


The federal government has established a similar national World War I Centennial Commission, as have a number of other states, including Virginia, Georgia, and Ohio, to highlight the contributions of their citizens. New York City also created its own World War I Centennial Committee.


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Manhasset Students Earn National Recognition in Siemens Competition

Manhasset Students Siemens CompetitionSenator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), Senator-elect Elaine Phillips and Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello recently visited Manhasset High School to congratulate 15 students for earning national recognition in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology. The students were among 498 nationwide chosen for the honor.


The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology is one of the nation’s premiere science research competitions for high school students. According to the Siemens Foundation, the competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. Additionally, it fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines.


The 15 award-winning Manhasset students are:

  • Fred Chu (regional finalist)
  • Stephen Lee (regional finalist)
  • Rachel Chang (semifinalist)
  • Tiffeny Chen (semifinalist)
  • Emma Fleishman (semifinalist)
  • Elin Hu (semifinalist)
  • Summar Khan (semifinalist)
  • Ashley Kim (semifinalist)
  • Richard Lee (semifinalist)
  • Matthew Palmadessa (semifinalist)
  • William Peng (semifinalist)
  • Sung Won Seo (semifinalist)
  • Ryan Thorpe (semifinalist)
  • Bart Voto (semifinalist)
  • Vanessa Zhang (semifinalist)


Pictured above are Senator Martins, Senator-Elect Phillips and Legislator Nicolello with the award-winning Manhasset High School students and Science Research Teacher Alison Huenger.


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Senator Martins Secures State Funding For New Technology at Carle Place Schools

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured $20,000 in state funding for the Carle Place School District to purchase new educational technology for students. The technology will be utilized in Carle Place High School’s new Library Media Center.


The district will be adding 10 Next Unit of Computing units, which are tiny PC computers that take up a minimal amount of space on a worktop, monitors and a new wall mounted TV monitor. The new, state of the art equipment will be used to supplement instructional lessons.


“Modern technology affords us some valuable tools which can make a huge difference in education. Carle Place Schools have been very proactive in taking advantage of those tools to make lessons more interactive, enjoyable and effective for students. I’m pleased to help them continue their important efforts,” said Senator Martins.


“The Carle Place School District is indebted to Senator Martins for his continued support of our programs. We are excited about the opportunities this new technology will provide our students and thankful for the funding that made it possible!” said Carle Place School District Superintendent David Flatley.


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Senator Martins Supports Manhasset-Port Washington Kiwanis Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast

Kiwanis Pancake BreakfastSenator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently attended the Manhasset-Port Washington Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast raises funds to support charitable causes, including scholarships for Manhasset and Port Washington students.


Senator Martins is pictured with Manhasset-Port Washington Kiwanis Club President Jeff Stone and Port Washington Police District Commissioner Angela Lawlor Mullins.


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Senator Martins, LI Air Force Association Recognize Local Vietnam Veterans For Their Service

Long Island Vietnam VeteransSenator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with the Long Island Air Force Association in honoring 30 local Vietnam veterans for their brave and devoted service to our nation.


Each of the veterans received the Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal at a ceremony held at the Museum of American Armor. The medals were issued as part of the national Vietnam War Commemoration, which the federal government created to honor and pay tribute to all Vietnam veterans. The Long Island Air Force Association is one of the US Department of Defense’s commemorative partner organizations which works to ensure that Long Island’s Vietnam veterans are recognized and thanked for their service.


Senator Martins presented the veterans with their medals and thanked each of them for serving our country.


“Every veteran should be thanked for their service. Each of the heroes honored at this ceremony answered the call to serve, made sacrifices and risked their lives fighting for our country. They earned and deserve this recognition and we can never thank them enough for what they did for us,” said Senator Martins.


Senator Martins is pictured above congratulating Vietnam veterans who received the Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal.


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Senator Martins Awards Liberty Medal to ‘Herricks Heroes’ For Saving Student’s Life

New York State Senate Liberty MedalSenator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently awarded the New York State Senate’s Liberty Medal to eight Herricks Middle School staff members who heroically saved the life of a student who suffered cardiac arrest during gym class.


“Every second counts in a cardiac emergency, because the difference between life and death is only a matter of minutes. The immediate and coordinated response by these eight men and women, working as a team, undoubtedly saved a young boy’s life and prevented a tragedy. The Herricks School District has been very proactive in training staff in CPR/AED use and this shows exactly why that’s so important. Congratulations to these ‘Herricks Heroes’ and the Herricks School District on a job well done,” said Senator Martins.


On September 14th, eighth grade student Sanketh Kumar was running the track in gym class when he suddenly collapsed. After calling 911 and discovering that Sanketh wasn’t breathing and had a fading pulse, a team of staff began administering CPR and then used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart his heart and save his life. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and took Sanketh to the hospital. Sanketh is now back at school and attended the ceremony honoring the quick thinking staff.


The eight heroes are:

  • Tom Aird (Assistant Principal)
  • Tracey Baumann (Nurse)
  • Artie Friess (Physical education teacher)
  • Dennis Horton (Physical education teacher)
  • Joan Keegan (Principal)
  • Dana Lieberman (Nurse)
  • Pam Seebald (Physical education teacher)
  • Joe Welsh (Physical education teacher)


The New York State Senate Liberty Medal is the highest civilian honor a New Yorker can receive. It is awarded to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.


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