Jack Martins

Jack Martins

A new direction for education in N.Y.

It was the unflappable Winston Churchill, who said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other

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Media fans resentment against police

Exasperated is the only word that can describe how I felt as Long Island buried yet another of her heroes,

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Victory vs. progress for women

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress-Joseph Joubert One of the frustrating things about

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From the desk: Raise voices to combat aircraft noise

I was recently speaking with one of my staff via cell phone as he walked his dog late in the

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We, V.A. owe our veterans much more

I don’t know about you but my stomach is turning and it’s not from too many barbecues this past Memorial

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Where is the Assembly for women?

For the third time in the past year, I joined the overwhelming majority of my Senate colleagues in, once again,

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NYC’s water plan threatens Nassau

New York City is at it again.  It seems every time we turn around it’s slyly trying to solve its

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From the Desk: Legislature avoids new taxes, fees

We just ended this year’s legislative session in Albany, and to be sure it produced real results for every New

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#BringBackOurGirls

By  now,  I’m  sure  you’ve seen or heard the phrase, “Bring Back Our Girls.”   It’s the rallying cry of

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Thoughts as we honor Dr. King

I grew up in what can only be described as a blue-collar household, in a community where a premium was

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Thinking is hard work, but needed

Just mention a tax break and New Yorkers’ eyes light up with sheer joy.  You can’t blame us.   We

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Strong credit rating should not lull legislators

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and

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From the Desk: Detroit’s bankrutpcy a warning to NY

If you mess up, fess up By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy.

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The power washer approach

So  I  somehow blew up my brother-in-law’s power washer last week.  I don’t  know  how  it  happened, but you know

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‘We are bound one to another’

I know it’s probably not true, but it seems the promise and excitement of the New Year always brings with it

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