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State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) doesn’t name Nassau Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) on his Facebook page or his senate website. But it's clear that Martins is talking about Solages when he slams a county legislator who represents Elmont for taking credit for planned improvements to Hempstead Turnpike.

“I was advised not to write this column. I was told it wasn’t politically expedient, that it would most certainly ruffle some feathers,” Martins begins under the headline: “Works of Fiction.”
“But I’ve always maintained that I would shoot straight with my constituents and I think my recent re-election means that most of you appreciate that effort."

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He goes on to say that “some politicians truly believe that their own constituents are so uninformed that they can make things up” and cites a letter received by an Elmont resident from his county legislator.

“The letter outlined the slate of road safety projects planned for Hempstead Turnpike and the legislator wasted no time in claiming credit for them.” Martins wrote, adding  “At no time was the county legislator ever involved in the heavy lifting, or any lifting for that matter, that made this possible. The fact is it’s a state road, not a county road. The state, not the county, will be improving it.”

Martins said he worked with Sens. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ensure improvements were made. “But the point of this column isn’t who gets credit for safety enhancements to a road, it’s about honesty and integrity, virtues oftentimes missing in today’s political world."

Solages tells a different story.

"It is a fact that the county and the state are involved in a joint project to renovate and improve Hempstead Turnpike,” Solages said in response to Martins’ screed. “This past spring I stood with Senator Martins and County Executive [Edward] Mangano when we all committed to working together to improve the conditions of this dangerous road. This is not about deciding who gets credit for a project, but more importantly it's about improving the community we all live in and represent."