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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

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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