Martinez said she would like to improve the resources available to her constituents and make them more accessible. She cited a resource center in Central Islip that she helped establish, where residents can meet with representatives from various government agencies, which she would like to expand to address issues faced by more groups, such as seniors and veterans. She also said she would like to expand summer and after-school youth programs, and increase funding for summer youth employment opportunities in county offices. To address gang violence, Martinez hopes to add police officers and patrols, and increase funding for anti-violence programs in schools. If re-elected, Martinez said she would introduce legislation to turn an executive order into a law requiring a range of county offices to have interpreters available to help non-native English speakers navigate county government. Noting the many languages spoken in Suffolk County, Martinez said such a law “would just allow those individuals to feel a little more comfortable in speaking either to county workers or in any county office.”
Martinez, 40, is running for re-election on the Democratic, Independence and Women’s Equality party lines. She is chair of the legislature’s Education and Human Services Committee, vice chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and a member of the Health, Public Safety, Ways and Means and Veterans committees. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Binghamton University in 1999, a master’s degree in secondary education from New York University in 2000, and an administrative degree in school and district leadership from Stony Brook University in 2008. She lives in Brentwood.