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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


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