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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, losing to Laura Curran.[5]

Early life and education

Martins is a first-generation American, born to parents who emigrated from northern Portugal in the 1960s. He was raised in Mineola. Upon graduation 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. As Mayor, Martins instituted a Debt Management Plan to stabilize the village's finances, facilitated downtown revitalization and economic growth and passed Eight (8) Consecutive Balanced, Fiscally-Responsible Budgets.[6] Martins led the development of the Village's first ever comprehensive master plan [7] which received a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island.[8] Martins also enacted policies to increase transparency by allowing the Village of Mineola board meetings to be televised and by enabling village documents to be viewed by the public on the Village's website.[6] During his tenure, Martins was named one of Long Island Business News' "Top 40 Under 40." [9]

New York State Senator

Martins won election to the New York State Senate in 2010 as the representative for the Seventh Senate District (SD-7). As a Senator, Martins supported numerous tax relief measures; he 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 tax in its entirety.[10][11]

He authored laws reducing busing costs for school districts;[12] creating a truss notification system to improve safety for volunteer firefighters;[13] establishing a new state fund to help homeless veterans;[14] 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.[15]

When in the Senate, Martins repeatedly led Long Island's 31 state legislators in the number of bills sponsored which were ultimately passed by both houses of the State Legislature.[16][17]

Martins was highly critical of the New York State Education Department's implementation of Common Core when in the Senate[18] and called for the resignation of the State's Commissioner of Education for cancelling public forums on the issue with parents and teachers.[19]

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

Martins has been vocal about urging 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 seeking to economically harm Israel or other American allies through boycotts.[25]

During his time in the Senate, 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] where he was instrumental in developing legislative, budgetary and policy recommendations to connect people with in-demand jobs.[28] He previously chaired the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee and the Senate's Local Government Committee.[29] In addition to Chairing the Labor Committee, Martins was a member of the following Senate Committees: Finance, Health, Insurance, Transportation, Energy & Telecommunications, Banks, Civil Service & Pensions, Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, and Social Services.[30]

Martins was appointed to serve on the New York State Financial Restructuring Board for local governments, which was tasked with delivering targeted restructuring strategies and long-term solutions to help New York's municipalities under fiscal distress,[31] as well as 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.[32]

Martins is a recipient of the Association for a Better Long Island's 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award [33] and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Long Islanders by the Long Island Press in 2011.[34]

2016 U.S. 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.[35][36] Martins was among the first in the country to be named one of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns for 2016.[37] Martins was defeated by Democrat Thomas Suozzi in the general election. Suozzi won 53% of the vote to Martins' 47%.[38]

2017 Nassau County Executive Campaign

On April 26, 2017, Martins announced that he would be seeking the position of Nassau County Executive. Martins received the GOP Nomination for County Executive and was uncontested in the primary. He sought the office that had been held by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano since January 1, 2010. [39] Martins ran against the Democratic nominee, County Legislator Laura Curran. Curran won the November 7th, 2017 election, with 51 % of the vote, to Martins' 48%[40].

Personal life

Martins is a board member of the Henry Viscardi School [41] and a member of the County Seat Kiwanis Club and the Long Island Portuguese Lions Club.[1] He is a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the Lions Club's highest honor.[42] 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.[43] He and his wife, Paula, have four daughters.[44]

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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  25. ^ Gormley, Michael (January 20, 2016). "Senate acts first to boycott companies that boycott Israel". Newsday.
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  27. ^ "Senate creates workforce development task force". Legislative Gazette. March 24, 2015.
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  42. ^ "Portuguese Lions Club e 'Leos' Club assinalaram mais um ano de actividade". Luso Americano. November 2, 2014.
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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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