Sydney K. Martin III is a distinguished Democratic candidate running for the Oyster Bay Town Council. He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and has been a resident of Oyster Bay for the past 33 years. Sydney's family roots run deep, as the third son of Sydney Jr. and Annette Martin, a Navy veteran and a retired NYPD policeman, respectively. Sydney's mother, who was a stay-at-home parent until all her children were in school, became a union representative for 1199 and worked in that capacity until retirement. Sydney's grandfather, Sydney Martin Sr., had a significant impact on his life as a professional boxing trainer and "cut man." Sydney lll accompanied his grandfather to training camps for world champions such as Emile Griffith, George Forman, Muhammad Ali, and Jerry Cooney. He even traveled with him to all five Olympic Games that he coached in, which is likely where his passion for coaching was born.
Sydney's educational background is impressive, having graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies and a minor in Political Science. While at Brandeis, he was an outstanding NCAA Division III Track and Field athlete and still holds a school record 41 years later. Sydney was also active in campus issues and politics, demonstrating his commitment to social justice and community engagement.
After graduation, Sydney joined the FDNY Proby School, serving first in the Bronx at 47 Truck before interviewing for a transfer to Hazardous Material Unit #1 in Rescue Services. During his time in Haz-Mat 1, Sydney served bravely at the 1st World Trade Center attack and retired years later as a highly decorated firefighter due to severe respiratory issues. Sydney returned to serve eleven days during 911 after 18 members of Haz-Mat 1 and Engine 288 perished on that day, where he suffered further injuries himself.
Sydney is married to his beautiful wife, Dr. Pepper Martin ED.d, who is an educational trauma specialist, Dr. of Divinity, Senior Pastor of the Destiny House Christian Center in Freeport, N.Y., and musical educational artist. He is the proud parent of three grown children and continues to be a parent figure to others in his life's journey. Currently, Sydney works for Nassau County while also pastoring with his wife. Throughout his life, Sydney has had several professions, including coaching high school football for 14 years and track and field for 32 years, the last 16 years as Head Coach at Saint Anthony's High School. In May 2001, he was named the United States high school coach of the year and was a USA Track and Field charter member of the Long Island chapter. He also served as a Level l lead coaching clinician for USA Track and Field and was a member of Nassau County Board 41 as a basketball referee for eight years. Additionally, Sydney owned two small businesses in Long Island and worked as a cameraman and video editor for many years. He is an active member of the Breezy Point Civic Association and regularly participates in school district board meetings. Sydney also ministers to incarcerated men at the Nassau County Men's Correctional Facility and is a Master Financial coach for the Dave Ramsey Corp.
Sydney's passion lies in building bridges and relationships with people from different backgrounds. He values finding the commonalities and goodness in people rather than focusing on differences and evil. His moral compass always points North, and he believes in respect and servant leadership. Sydney intends to be a public servant for all the people of Oyster Bay, preserving a quality way of life and promoting equal opportunities.