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Protesters give Martins Roadblock Award

More than two dozen protesters from three progressive advocacy groups gathered at the Mineola office of State Sen. Jack Martins Wednesday afternoon to present him with Roadblock Awards for blocking several pieces of Democratic legislation.

The protesters, members of Make the Road Action Fund, the New York Communities for Change and the Long Island Progressive Coalition, were confronted by Martins campaign adviser E. O’Brien Murray, where a heated argument reportedly ensued.

The three groups support Democrat Adam Haber, Martins’ opponent in the 7th Senate District.

The protesters attempted to present Martins (R-Mineola) with five traffic-cone shaped awards for failing to support legislation supported by Democrats, including the 10-point Women’s Equality Act and the DREAM Act, which provides tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants.

Paul Merkelson, a resident of Port Washington and a member of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, said Martins did not reflect his priorities.

“Senator Martins has been a roadblock to progress as long as he has been in the State Senate,” Merkelson said.

Martins campaign spokesman Chris Schneider called the event a “desperate political stunt from groups who have openly endorsed Adam Haber . . . This is further proof that Adam Haber is beholden to the radical agenda being pushed by the same New York City politicians who treat Long Island like an ATM.”

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