Sen. Martins announces Nassau exec bid

Jack Martins, a Republican member of the state Senate, has announced a run for Nassau County executive. Jack Martins, a Republican member of the state Senate, has announced a run for Nassau County executive.
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Jack Martins, a Republican member of the state Senate, has announced a run for Nassau County executive.

He lost his bid for the United States Congress last year, but says he wants to now fix Nassau's finances, its troubled assessment system and restore public trust in government.

"We have to deal with this systemic corruption in government generally, not only here in Nassau County," he says.

Political analyst Mike Dwadziak says Martins has a notable background as both a former state senator and Mineola village mayor. 

Dwadziak says Martins should focus not just on restoring fiscal faith in the government, but also ethical trust.

Some voters, however, say their main concern is the seemingly perpetually rising property taxes.

"When we moved in, they were $5,400," says Miriam Bober, of Plainview. "Now they are $21,000, same house."

Primaries are in September. Current Executive Mangano has not announced if he will seek re-election. His office did not respond to a News 12 request for comment.

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