“As chairs of our respective committees, this morning we met with Jay Walder, the Governor’s nominee to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Mr. Walder’s background certainly demonstrates his acumen for managing large-scale public transportation authorities. We were pleased to have the opportunity to speak with him on his past accomplishments and if confirmed, how he would proceed to foster a new, fiscally-sound and transparent MTA that both improves upon service and restores public trust and confidence.
“This morning I opted to meet and speak with my Senate colleagues in the Latino caucus and other members of the Democratic Conference. The meeting was only to explore options to facilitate a solution to the now more than month-long standoff.
However, it has been construed that I have sided one way or another, or made a commitment; neither are true. I am committed to a solution to the stalemate.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is urging New Yorkers who regularly travel outside the United States to apply for an Enhanced Driver License (EDL).
As of June 1, 2009, the federal Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires an EDL, or other federal identification papers, for travel into the country by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
(Albany, NY)—Today legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, passed the Senate, making an emergency responders job easier when it comes to clearing accident debris.
Senate bill, S5174, brings New York in line with similar provisions in other states that relieves police officers, emergency responders and those who act pursuant to their direction, such as tow truck operators, from liability when removing vehicles and accident debris from highways.
Legislation will help redevelopment efforts of distressed communities
Today the New York State Senate passed legislation strengthening a 2006 community redevelopment program.
The Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), S2960-B, sponsored by Senator Valesky, augments the existing state program to bring New York State in line with 30 other states with successful programs. The changes will allow the state to target reinvestment to distressed communities, as determined by the U.S. Census.
I am elated to hear Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor has a well-deserved reputation as an intuitive, inspiring and just jurist. She has risen from her humble roots in the Bronx, to become a well-known, respected facet of the United States Court of Appeals these last ten years. I look forward to her continued service and success upon confirmation as the first Latina in history named to the Supreme Court.
This has been a year of sacrifice for all of us. But countless others before us have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. It’s important to remember these brave men and women as we unofficially welcome summer in the company of friends, family and loved ones. I wish you and yours a safe holiday and extend a heartfelt thank you to all those that serve in our Armed Forces. Come home safe.
Helps to maintain prescription coverage despite loss of job
(Albany, NY)—Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is spreading the word of yet another prescription assistance program, this time by the graces of private industry.
Pfizer Inc., recently announced that it will help families who have lost health insurance maintain access to any Pfizer drugs prescribed to them at no cost. The new program, Medicines Assistance for Those who Are in Need (MAINTAIN), gives access to Pfizer medicines for free to eligible unemployed Americans and their families.
Congratulations to all college students who graduated last weekend.You are New York’s future and before long it will be you guiding this state to a new era. Good luck to you all. May you meet all your goals and achieve all your hopes and aspirations.
(Brooklyn, NY)—Upon news that state agencies set a plan in action to assist New York City’s unemployed, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is urging out-of-work New Yorkers to make the best of new benefits and assistance.
On Monday, April 20 a coordinated effort led by the state Department of Labor, and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance set vital federal funds to work extending Unemployment Insurance benefits, job opportunities and financial transportation assistance for more than 27,000 New York City residents.
(Albany, NY)—Today, legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) passed the Senate, authorizing New York City to increase the number of red light cameras at intersections as part of a larger statewide initiative.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan today responded to the State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission Report, which outlined ways to trim some of the fat from the state’s bloated health care system.