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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Jack Martins Renews His Call for a Law Modeled After What He Proposed as State Senator

Nassau County Executive candidate Jack Martins last week renewed his call for a stronger anti-BDS law in Nassau County in light of the Roger Waters concerts at Nassau Coliseum.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is an anti-Israel movement supported by Roger Waters.

“There should be no room for hate speech in Nassau County – period,” Martins said. “This is not a First Amendment issue, as the New York Civil Liberties Union would like you to think. Roger Waters is entitled to do and say what he wants, but he should not be allowed to share anti-Semitic sentiments in a government-owned venue. Whether you are a white supremacist, anti-Semite or a bigot, if you are spewing hate-filled rhetoric you have no right to a taxpayer-funded contract.”

“Unfortunately, the anti-BDS law enacted in Nassau County is fundamentally flawed in that it only applies to those engaged in BDS, and spares those who promote BDS, like Waters. We need a stronger law,” Martins said.

“As a member of the State Senate, working with my friend and colleague, Senator Simcha Felder, I introduced legislation to combat the BDS movement by prohibiting anyone who supports BDS from doing business with New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo incorporated this more rigorous standard in an Executive Order he signed in June of 2016,” Martins said.

“As a result, a boycotter of Israel like Roger Waters, who pressures other musical artists to not perform in Israel, will be allowed to perform at a county-owned facility, though he would be barred from a state-owned venue,” Martins said.

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has also taken on the issue by reviewing pension fund investments for any pro-BDS activity.

“As County Executive, I will enact a local law modeled after the legislation that Senator Felder and I wrote and passed in the State Senate. I look forward to working with Legislator Howard Koppel and all the legislators from both parties to give this law the strength it needs to be more effective,” Martins. “Nassau County has a special relationship and bond with Israel. By strengthening the county law, we will appropriately place Nassau County at the forefront of the effort to defeat this immoral, anti-Semitic conduct.”

Jack Martins is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party nominee for Nassau County Executive. Jack is a former three-term New York State Senator and the former Mayor of Mineola. He lives in Nassau County 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 is 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.