Jack Martins eyes run for county executive

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Jack Martins eyes run for county executive
Republican and former state senator Jack Martins speaks at the Kiwanis Club of County Seat on Monday.

Former state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury) on Monday said he is “considering” entering the race for Nassau County Executive and reiterated his call for County Executive Edward Mangano to step down.

Martins has been widely rumored as a possible GOP candidate for the seat. He would not say when he will make a decision on whether to enter the race.

The remarks came after a wide-ranging speech on issues facing Nassau County, which Martins delivered at a breakfast held by the Mineola-based Kiwanis Club of County Seat at an IHOP in Williston Park.

“When you start seeing elected officials carted off and indicted, this shouldn’t be the new normal,” Martins said. “There’s no place in higher office for someone who’s been indicted.”

“There’s no provision to remove the county executive in the county charter,” Martins said. “There’s a provision in the constitution to remove the president. There should be a way to remove the county executive for cause.”

Martins, a resident and former mayor of Mineola, lost a U.S. House race last November against Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), a former Nassau County executive.

Martins depicted a Nassau County befallen by an opioid epidemic, under threat from gang violence and crippled by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the county’s financial control board.

“For its first 100 years, Nassau County was a premier suburb in the country if not in the world,” Martins said, noting the county’s founding in 1899. “For the first 17 years of its second century, it’s been under the control of a board.”

“There’s nothing more undemocratic than a board that can tell elected officials what they can or cannot do with their responsibilities,” he added. “The quicker we can get rid of them, the better off we’ll be.”

Martins did acknowledge the financial duress that prompted the formation of the board in 2000.

The former state senator also hinted at the need for reform of the county’s property tax assessment system.

“We want to make sure we’re paying our fair share and our neighbors are paying their fair share,” he said. 

A member of the Kiwanis Club of County Seat for 20 years, Martins downplayed the significance of an event that some may perceive as a rehearsal for the campaign.

“I’ve had the opportunity to do this a few times over the years,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to have a free exchange.”

In response to a question about when he would decide on his candidacy, Martins said, “When I do.”

Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin), a Democratic candidate for county executive, responded to news of Martins possible run with a rebuke of the former state senator and his party.

“It would be no surprise that a career politician like Jack Martins would be the Republican’s choice for county executive,” she said. “Just another anti-reform cog in their Nassau political machine.”

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  1. Laura Curran’s first priority should be directed at ‘Boss’ Ed- sticky-fingers -Managano’s politically engineered health-care crisis at the jail that put NUMC’s Tragic-Care back in charge of inmates medical. Before Armor Correctional Health, there was NUMC’s Tragic-Care costing lives at NCCC. Nassau County knew about Armors numerous (pending lawsuits before hiring Armor. Nassau County [also] knows about the numerous lawsuits against NUMC. Nassau County’s (federally indicted) leader Ed- sticky-fingers -Mangano has managed, with the aid of his crony appointed Sheriff, Michael J.Spasato, has bamboozled Nassau County tax-payers taking the county backwards to the future with his enterprise corrupt agenda that puts lives at the jail in peril_inmates be damed! ‘Boss’ Mangano’s continuing criminal enterprise scheme, while under federal indictment for racketeering and bribery charges, has not stopped him from defrauding his constituents in Nassau County. Laura Curran’s first duty would be to recognize and expose Ed-sticky-fingers -Mangano’s regime that’s operating out of the Sheriff’s Department. NUMC’s medical; directors, Mangano’s crony appointed cohorts, have conspired to hide the truth about Darryl Woody’s (supposed suicide death on January 3, 2011, while “still” on 1to1 Suicide Supervision at NUMC. The Medical Center blames the NCCC. The jail blame NUMC. Both conspire to ‘Hide The Truth by denying access to the Video Surveillance Camera Files that depicts the true cause of Darryl Woody’s death by asphyxiation at NUMC_while ‘still’ on Suicide-Watch! Nassau County racketeering ‘Boss’ Ed- sticky-fingers -Mangano and his operatives at the jail, NUMC and on the Jails Advisory Board, along with Internal Affairs at the jail and the Homicide Division, have colluded to violate Darryl Woody’s Human And Civil Rights by obstructing justice in his death investigation by tampering with government protected (electronic0 files that depicts Darryl Woody’s True cause of death_asphyxiation, while “still” on 1to1 Suicide-Watch at NUMC. What’s NUMC, NCCC, Nassau County’s Executive Administration led by aAdministration ‘mobster’ have to hide? “We Can Handle The Truth!” Release The Video(s)!” “Now!” So Laura Curran’s litmus test should first be: Where does she stand on body-worn Video Cams for police officers that includes policies of transparency and [full] accountability. Then ask Laura Curran “What About Darryl Woody!” His death was caught on Video Surveillance Cameras at NUMC and at NCCC(!) Then ask that she [in person] file a FOIL Request for the public files. Index: 017721/2011. This is a “Major Scandal that’s being perpetrated against an innocent mentally-ill pre-trial detainee who was, like Thomas Pizzuto (1999), was attacked, brutalized, beaten and tortured with pepper gas (repeatedly) for seventeen hours, before being transported to NUMC. Days later Darryl Woody Would be “Found” Hanging in his room by jail guards that was [suppose to be sitting out-side his door at all times because of his history and an incident at NCCC. Darryl Was denied his medications and proper medical care at the jail and at NUMC. All caught on Video Surveillance Cameras! Prisoners Have Civil Rights Too. From Thomas Pizzto To Bartholomew Ryan… “What About Darryl Woody!” Index: 017721/2011. Trial Date: 9/11/2017 At the (corrupt) Supreme Courts in Mineola. Yes! This Is An Emergency!!!

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