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Martins Stays In Senate

While the news of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy not seeking re-election in the 4th District has brought other public officials into the spotlight as possible successors, you can scratch one name off the list in Jack Martins. He still feels there’s work to be done at his current post as senator of the 7th Senate District.

 

Martins lost out in a bid against McCarthy in 2008, but beat then-Democratic Senator Craig Johnson in 2010 in a senate race that decided the majority of the New York State Legislature after a drawn out battle in court over ballot recounts. While thankful for the support, Martins  says he wants to stay the course.

 

“While I’m grateful and flattered by the outpouring of support from constituents encouraging me to run for Congress, I have to decided to remain in the New York State Senate to continue to work for the residents of the 7th Senate District.”

 

Martins said taxes were one of many issues that caused him to run for senate.

 

“We’ve come too far to return to the one-party, Democrat rule that foisted $14 billion in new taxes on everyday New Yorkers,” said Martins. “I went to Albany to end that tone-deaf dysfunction and to finally right the ship for ourselves and for our families.

 

Martins has been part of a state legislature that created a state-mandated 2 percent tax cap on school districts and municipalities, a modified MTA payroll tax and increases in school aid.

 

The Mineola School District saw an uptick in aid last year of more than $300,000. The district received $5.4 million in total aid.

 

“We’ve cut taxes for middle income New Yorkers, rolled back the MTA payroll tax for our small businesses, and recaptured school aid for Long Island’s children,” said Martins. “[Right now] it’s just too important to protecting our suburban quality of life and the future of New York that Republicans have a majority in the New York Senate.”

 

Rumored successors to McCarthy include Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as a possible Republican candidate, along with Nassau County Legislator Francis Becker and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. New Hyde Park attorney Frank Scaturro, who lost to McCarthy in past elections, is also a possible candidate.


News

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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