As the father of four daughters, Jack Martins is focused on making Nassau County a better place to live, work and raise a family. As Nassau County Executive, Jack is committed to ending the corruption that has compromised the public’s trust in government, protecting local property taxpayers and creating an economic renaissance to provide a brighter future for the middle class.
During his tenure in the New York State Senate, Jack represented the Town of North Hempstead and portions of the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay. As a leading voice for Nassau County in state government, Jack enacted the state property tax cap, cut state taxes on middle class families to the lowest level in a half century, repealed the unfair MTA Payroll tax for most Nassau County businesses and adopted a historic series of on-time state budgets that capped state spending.
In addition, Martins enacted stronger state ethics laws that have been used to investigate and convict corrupt elected officials and the state constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot this November taking taxpayer-funded pensions away from public officials convicted of public corruption.
Recognized as a bipartisan leader focused on addressing the challenges facing middle class families, Martins successfully fought for more state aid for Long Island school districts and a comprehensive new approach that has been hailed as a national model to address the heroin and opioid crisis. This legislation combats the heroin epidemic by investing in prevention, treatment and recovery and empowering law enforcement with new tools to arrest the dealers flooding our communities with these drugs.
While in the State Senate, Jack chaired the Senate’s standing committees on Local Government and Labor and he co-chaired the Senate’s Workforce Development Task Force. Through the Workforce Development Task Force, Martins crafted a plan to connect local businesses, high schools and colleges to train students for high-paying jobs in the local economy.
Prior to serving in the State Senate, Jack was Mayor of the Village of Mineola for eight years. Similar to the situation facing Nassau County, Mineola faced budget deficits, soaring debt and challenges to its assessment system when Jack was first elected. As Mayor, Martins developed balanced, fiscally responsible budgets and debt management plans that substantially reduced Mineola’s debt and returned the village to a sound financial footing. He also led the effort to create Mineola’s award-winning master redevelopment plan that expanded the village’s economic base through smart growth principles.
The son of Portuguese immigrants, Jack attended Chaminade High School, graduated from American University and received his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University. Jack, his wife Paula and their daughters live in Old Westbury.