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Martins Accepts LI Legislator of The Year Award

Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents lawmaker with award at recent ceremony.

Sen. Jack Martins, top row, second from left, poses for photo after being honored as Long Island Legislator of the Year by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy photo)
Sen. Jack Martins, top row, second from left, poses for photo after being honored as Long Island Legislator of the Year by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy photo)
The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named Sen. Jack Martins, R-Mineola, its Legislator of the Year.

At the HCOC's 25th Annual Awards Gala, the lawmaker was recognized among others from a list of government officials and non-profit organizations for accomplishments that have impacted the Long island community.  

In receiving the award, Martins' honored his first-generation immigrant parents, Antonio and Gloria Martins, who looked on from the audience of about 300 at the recent event at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale.

The couple arrived in the U.S. from their native Portugal on the day following Pres. John Kennedy's assassination. 

At the ceremony, Martins said the award is a special validation for their sacrifice and the sacrifice of all immigrants who still believe in the American Dream.

“This prestigious award, given by such an esteemed organization, is a source of honor and pride for myself and for my entire family” said Martins. "If not for the courage and fortitude of my parents who left everything to start a new life in America, I would never have had the tremendous opportunities or impact I’ve had."

The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1988. The organization holds monthly workshops and other meetings throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties to assist those who wish to start up a business as
well as established proprietors who are working to expand their businesses.

To date, approximately 300 independent businesses on Long Island belong to the LIHCC.

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