Veterans Roundtable Discussion w/Sen. Jack Martins & Rep. Chris Gibson
Please join Congressman Chris Gibson, former Col. U.S. Army, and New York State Senator Jack Martins, NY-3 Candidate for Congress, for a Veterans Roundtable Discussion on the issues most relevant to Long Island's Veteran Community, taking place Monday, October 24th at 1:00 PM at VFW Post 1469 Nathan Hale Post in Huntington Station. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: (516) 280-9701 or email@example.com
Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19)
At 17, Chris enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC Commission at nearby Siena College. The first in his family to go to college, Chris graduated magna cum laude with a BA in history. He later earned an MPA and PhD in government from Cornell University and is the author of Securing the State, a book on national security decision-making published in 2008.
Over the course of his 24 year Army career, Chris rose to the rank of Colonel and deployed seven times. This included four combat tours to Iraq, and separate deployments to Kosovo, the Southwestern US for a counter-drug operation, and most recently - just prior to his retirement - Haiti where he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) during the opening month of that humanitarian relief operation. The Secretary of the Army awarded the BCT the Superior Unit Award for their actions in Haiti. Chris earned two Legions of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with Star, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab during his service in the Army.
He was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014 to represent the 19th Congressional District.
Chris has been married to Mary Jo, a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, for 20 years and they have three children: Katie (18), Maggie (17), and Connor (15).
Senator Jack Martins (SD7)
As the father of four daughters, Jack and his wife understand the challenges facing hard working families. He's made life better for us by focusing on the right priorities. Now he wants to make sure Washington does the same as our next Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens.
Jack has served as a New York State Senator since 2011 representing the Seventh Senate District. Over the last six years, Jack cut income taxes for residents and businesses to their lowest rates in decades, helped create New York State's property tax cap, repealed the MTA payroll tax for small businesses and schools, and voted for six consecutive on-time, fiscally responsible state budgets which controlled spending and made smart investments in economic development, infrastructure, and education without raising taxes.
A strong supporter of our veterans, Jack authored the law establishing a state homeless veterans assistance fund, funded through voluntary taxpayer contributions, to aid aid homeless veterans. He also supported the creation and expansion of the Joseph Dwyer Peer to Peer Veterans Counseling Program to help veterans affected by PTSD and the enactment of tax credits for businesses that hire returning veterans.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Jack was Mayor of the Village of Mineola for eight years. Elected at a time when the Village's finances were in shambles, he developed balanced, fiscally responsible budgets and debt management plans which substantially reduced the Village's debt and put the Village back on solid financial footing. He also helped develop its award winning comprehensive master plan which helped grow the Village's economic base utilizing smart growth principles.
The son of Portuguese immigrants, Jack was born in Queens, raised in Nassau County, and graduated from Chaminade High School. He received his bachelor's degree from American University and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University.
210 W Pulaski Rd
Huntington Station, NY 11746
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