Jack Martins

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Senator Jack M. Martins
Member of the New York Senate
from the 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2011
Preceded by Craig M. Johnson
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Paula[1]
Children four[1]
Residence Mineola, New York[1]
Alma mater American University
St. John's University School of Law[1]
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Jack M. Martins is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing the 7th district[1] located in Nassau County, New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Martins is a first-generation American, born to parents who emigrated from northern Portugal in the 1960s. He is a resident of Mineola, where he served as mayor for eight years prior to be elected to the Senate. Martins graduated from Chaminade High School, received a bachelor's degree in political science from American University in 1988, and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in 1991.[2]

Political career[edit]

Martins was elected mayor of the Village of Mineola in 2003. During his eight years as mayor, Martins instituted a debt management plan, encouraged economic growth and passed balanced, fiscally-responsible budgets. During a difficult economic time, when most governmental entities were struggling, the Village of Mineola operated on solid fiscal ground while seeking ways to expand its tax base. Martins' efforts in Mineola were recognized by voters in November 2010, when he was elected to the New York State Senate to represent the Seventh Senate District.

As a Senator, Martins has authored laws creating a truss notification system to improve safety for volunteer firefighters; [3] establishing a new state fund to help homeless veterans; [4] enhancing law enforcement’s ability to investigate opioid prescription fraud; and expanding education provided to children about the dangers of heroin and other illegal drugs. [5]

Martins voted to repeal the MTA payroll tax for small businesses and schools, and continues to support repealing the tax in its entirety. [6]

Martins has also been highly critical of the New York State Education Department's implementation of Common Core. [7]

In 2011, Martins voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29. roll call

Personal life[edit]

Martins is a member of the County Seat Kiwanis Club and the Long Island Portuguese Lions Club.[1] Senator Martins was honored as the 2012 Portuguese Man of the Year during Nassau County's first ever public event recognizing the Portuguese Community on Long Island.[8] He and his wife Paula have four daughters.[9]

Election results[edit]

Jack M. Martins (REP - IND - CON - Tax Revolt Party (TRP)) ... 40,465
Adam M. Haber (DEM - WFP - GRE - Women's Equality Party(WEP)) ... 31,552
Jack M. Martins (REP - IND - CON - Tax Revolt Party (TRP)) ... 58,039
Daniel S. Ross (DEM - WFP) ... 53,987
Jack M. Martins (REP - IND - CON) ... 42,928
Craig M. Johnson (DEM) ... 42,477

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jack M. Martins: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Kathleen (December 4, 2010). "Martins leaving Mineola for Albany". Newsday. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ O'Reilly, Anthony (25 September 2014). "Cuomo signs bill to protect firefighters". The Island Now. 
  4. ^ Brodsky, Robert (31 December 2014). "New year brings new laws for Long Island residents". Newsday. 
  5. ^ "Senator Martins Announces Legislative Agreement on Measures to Combat Heroin & Prescription Drug Epidemic". June 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Santa, John (9 February 2012). "Martins leads MTA tax repeal initiative". New Hyde Park Herald Courier. The Island Now. 
  7. ^ "Emotions High At Common Core Forums On Long Island". CBS New York. 13 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Tedesco, Richard. "County Honors Martins on Portugal Day". Williston Times. The Island Now. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Epstein, Reid J. (December 20, 2010). "Appeals court backs Martins State Senate win". Newsday. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 4, 2014" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 15, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 6, 2012" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 31, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Craig M. Johnson
New York State Senate, 7th District
2011–present
Incumbent