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Jack M. Martins
Jack Martins Headshot.png
Member of the New York Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2016
Preceded byCraig M. Johnson
Succeeded byElaine Phillips
Mayor of Mineola
In office
January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2011
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMineola, New York[1]
Alma materAmerican University
St. John's University School of Law[1]
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Joaquim "Jack" M. Martins is an American attorney and former New York State Senator who is a partner at the law firm Harris Beach.[2] A Republican, he was first elected to represent the 7th Senate District in the New York State Senate in 2010[3] and served until December 31, 2016. He was the Republican nominee in the 2016 election to represent New York's 3rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, losing to Democrat Thomas Suozzi in the general election.[4] Martins ran on the Republican Party Line, the Tax Revolt Party Line, and the Reform Party Line in the November 2017 election for Nassau County Executive, narrowly losing to Laura Curran.[5]

Early life and education

Martins is a first-generation American. He was born in Queens, New York to parents who emigrated from northern Portugal in the 1960s. Martins has two brothers and two sisters and was raised in Mineola. Upon graduating from Chaminade High School, he continued his schooling at the collegiate level and received a bachelor's degree in political science from American University in 1988. Additionally, Martins received a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in 1991.[6]

Political career

Mayor of Mineola

Martins was elected Mayor of the Village of Mineola, New York in 2003.[6] During his mayoral tenure, Mineola's comprehensive master plan received a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island.[7] He was named one of Long Island Business News' "Top 40 Under 40" in 2007.[8]

2008 congressional campaign

In 2008, Martins ran for Congress against incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola). He was defeated.[6]

New York State Senate (2011–2016)

Martins won election to the New York State Senate in 2010 as the representative for the Seventh Senate District (SD-7). He defeated incumbent Democratic senator Craig M. Johnson by 451 votes.[9] The election results were not certified until December 4, 2010.[10] Johnson challenged the results and demanded a hand recount, but the New York Court of Appeals rejected his appeal on December 20, 2010.[9]

As Senator, Martins voted for the law creating New York State's property tax cap, voted to cut income taxes for middle-class homeowners, voted to repeal the MTA payroll tax for small businesses and schools, and supported repealing the MTA payroll tax in its entirety.[11][12] He authored laws reducing busing costs for school districts;[13] creating a truss notification system to improve safety for volunteer firefighters;[14] and establishing a new state fund to help homeless veterans.[15]

Martins was highly critical of the New York State Education Department's implementation of the Common Core standards[16] and called for the resignation of the State's Commissioner of Education for cancelling public forums on the issue with parents and teachers.[17] While in the Senate, Martins repeatedly led Long Island's 31 state legislators in the number of bills sponsored that were ultimately passed by both houses of the State Legislature.[18][19]

In February 2016, Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel called for new state funding to support a comprehensive groundwater study for Long Island.[20] An expanded version of their proposal was adopted by Governor Andrew Cuomo.[21]

Martins urged officials to take action in response to incidents of anti-Semitism against students and faculty on CUNY campuses[22][23][24] and sponsored legislation that would prevent New York from entering into a state contract or investment with those who boycott Israel or other American allies.[25]

Martins served as Chairman of the State Senate's Labor Committee[26] and was Co-Chair of the Senate's Task Force on Workforce Development.[27] He previously chaired the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee and the Senate's Local Government Committee.[28] Martins also served on the New York State Mandate Relief Council, which was created to help reduce costs for local governments and school districts by eliminating or reforming regulations.[29]

Martins was named one of the 50 Most Influential Long Islanders by the Long Island Press in 2011.[30]

2016 congressional campaign

Martins ran in the 2016 Election to represent New York's 3rd Congressional District (CD-3) in the United States House of Representatives, and received the endorsement of the Republican Party, Conservative Party and the Independence Party.[31][32] Martins was defeated by Democrat Thomas Suozzi in the general election. Suozzi won 53% of the vote to Martins' 47%.[33]

2017 Nassau County Executive campaign

On April 26, 2017, Martins announced that he would run for Nassau County Executive. Martins received the GOP nomination for County Executive and was uncontested in the primary.[34] Martins was defeated by the Democratic nominee, County Legislator Laura Curran, on November 7, 2017 election; Curran won 51% of the vote to Martins' 48%.[35].

Personal life

As of 2018, Martins is a board member of the Henry Viscardi School.[36] He is a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the Lions Club's highest honor.[37] He 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.[38] He and his wife, Paula, have four daughters.[39]

Election results

Laura Curran (DEM) - 147,102
Jack Martins (REP - Reform Party - TRP - CON) - 139,204
Jack Martins (REP - IND - CON) ... 152,304
Thomas R. Suozzi (DEM) ... 171,775
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


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  2. ^ Madore, James (March 12, 2018). "Jack Martins named partner at Harris Beach law firm". Newsday.
  3. ^ Epstein, Reid (December 20, 2010). "Appeals court backs Martins State Senate win". Newsday. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
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  13. ^ Nash, Jackie (October 25, 2011). "Schools cut bus costs, rev up savings". LI Herald.
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  16. ^ "Emotions High At Common Core Forums On Long Island". CBS New York. November 13, 2013.
  17. ^ "Resume Common Core forums: Martins". the Island Now. October 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
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  19. ^ Jacques, Rich (July 18, 2013). "Report: Martins Tops All LI Lawmakers in Getting Two-house Bills Passed". Port Washington Patch.
  20. ^ Barrios, Jennifer (February 15, 2016). "Nassau County groundwater study needed, legislators say". Newsday.
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  23. ^ Lipsky, Seth (March 9, 2016). "New York's leaders must stand up to anti-Semitism at CUNY". New York Post.
  24. ^ Martins, Jack (September 14, 2016). "CUNY's cockamamie excuses for blinking at anti-Semitism". New York Post.
  25. ^ Gormley, Michael (January 20, 2016). "Senate acts first to boycott companies that boycott Israel". Newsday.
  26. ^ "Senate Republicans Name New Committee Chairs". Politico New York. January 22, 2015.
  27. ^ "Senate creates workforce development task force". Legislative Gazette. March 24, 2015. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  28. ^ "Martins Takes Over Senate Commerce Committee, His Second Chairmanship". Newsday. March 21, 2014.
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  38. ^ Tedesco, Richard. "County Honors Martins on Portugal Day". Williston Times. The Island Now. Archived from the original on April 4, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Craig M. Johnson
New York State Senate, 7th District
Succeeded by
Elaine Phillips
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