JACK MARTINS: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO WIPE OUT MS-13
“We can not afford to sacrifice public safety on the altar of political correctness.”
FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (November 5, 2017) – Standing at the edge of Massapequa Preserve, where officials are still searching for bodies thought to be murdered by MS-13 gang members, Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins today stood with law enforcement and community representatives to reinforce the importance of wiping out MS-13 and pointed out the clear contrast between him and his opponent on the issue of law and order.
“Enough is enough. Nassau families are afraid. It is government’s first responsibility to keep its citizens safe,” Martins said. “We can not afford to sacrifice public safety on the altar of political correctness.”
Martins discussed the three-point plan he outlined earlier this week to address gang violence and said that when elected, he will appoint a Gang Czar who will be responsible for coordinating all county resources to wipe out violent gangs in Nassau County and ensure our families and communities are safe.
Martins also pointed out the clear contrast between him and his opponent on the important issue of law and order and leadership in a crisis.
“Unfortunately, Laura Curran is being supported and funded by radical special interest groups who have been working to enact Sanctuary laws and block the efforts of local law enforcement to work with federal law enforcement to arrest and remove members of the MS-13 gang. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Corruption Team is running her campaign and he has made preserving NYC’s Sanctuary City status a priority of his ultra-left progressive platform,” Martins said.
“Other Curran friends and allies include Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who called for New York to be a Sanctuary State, the Working Families Party, who campaigned for her last week, Make the Road, 32BJ and many others,” Martins said. “Not only has she failed to return the hundreds of thousands of dollars they donated to her campaign, she never called them out for their dangerous ideology.”
Martins has the support of every law enforcement organization on Long Island and in New York that has made an endorsement in this race.
Michael Mastrangelo, President, Nassau Fire Marshals Benevolent Association, said, “Jack Martins has the experience and the leadership to steer Nassau County through the challenging times we face and to ensure the safety of Nassau families. That was a critically important factor in our decision to endorse him for Nassau County Executive.”
Michael Seltzer, President, Nassau Police Medics Association, said, “As a Mayor and as a State Senator, Jack Martins has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to the residents of Nassau County. Jack is exactly the person Nassau County needs as our next County Executive.”
“Jack’s accomplishments as a leader at several levels of government have proven his ability to translate his vision into reality. This type of proven leadership is what Nassau County needs during these critical times,” said Bob Arciello, President, Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association.
“Jack Martins is cool under pressure. An amazing manager, he is exactly the kind of leader Nassau needs in times of need and emergency,” said Oren Barzilay, President of the Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics & Inspectors, FDNY.
“Whatever she says, it is clear that these radical groups will have a tremendous influence on Laura Curran’s decision-making if elected. The role of County Executive is not ‘Chief Diplomat’ as she likes to say, when it comes to fighting violent gangs who are killing our children. These radical influences show her true colors: she cannot be trusted to handle this crisis,” Martins said.
Martins’ proposed three-point plan to eradicate MS-13, which would be coordinated by the Gang Czar, would include:
“We must not let political correctness get in the way of public safety,” Martins said. “We can not allow Nassau County to become a Sanctuary County.”
Work closely with federal partners for the removal of undocumented and identified gang members and continue to share intelligence among local, state and federal partners.
Increase patrols, enforcement for gang units.
Prevention and education
“If we can prevent our young people from joining these awful gangs, we will snuff out their ability to grow, and save lives,” Martins said.
Increase the county’s commitment to youth programs that provide after school help to at-risk youth throughout the county.
Go into Nassau County schools with an educational and awareness program designed to alert students to the hazards of joining a gang and to provide advice on what to do when approached by a gang.
Improving the environment around gang hangouts so they can’t hide
“Let’s make it impossible for these violent people to gather in our public spaces without being seen by law enforcement,” Martins said.
This includes: restructuring fence lines and cutting back the overgrowth of hedges and adding lighting and cameras where appropriate.
“We can do all of this with minimal cost. We need only to reorganize and appoint one person to have the responsibility to coordinate this effort. The only way to get ahead of this issue is to start moving this process forward, go right at these gangs and make a concerted effort coordinating local, state and federal authorities and resources,” Martins said. “We are spending way too much time playing catch-up. When we are focusing on finding bodies, it’s too late.”
Martins has secured deep support for his candidacy, in particular with law enforcement unions, because they trust in his integrity and ability to lead Nassau forward. His union support includes: the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, Patrolman’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Correction Officer Benevolent Association, the Uniformed Officers Association, the Superior Officers Union, Nassau Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Detectives’ Association Incorporated, Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association, Inc., the Port Authority Benevolent Association, Police Medic Benevolent Association, Fire Marshal Benevolent Association, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc., The National Treasury Employees Union, Local 237 Teamsters, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the NYC District Council of Carpenters, the Civil Service Employees Association.
Martins has also earned the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, former New York Governor George E. Pataki and Congressman Peter King.
Jack Martins is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party nominee for Nassau County Executive. Jack is a former three-term New York State Senator, the former Mayor of Mineola, and he lives in Nassau with his wife and 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 will be 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. The election is November 7, 2017.