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Public Hearings on Brooklyn’s Struggling Schools

The state Department of Education has placed five “struggling“ city schools within Senate District 18 into superintendent receivership. Under state law, the schools have two years to make demonstrable improvements in student performance. Public hearings will be held to discuss the performance of the schools, the process of receivership, and to solicit input through public engagement regarding recommendations for improving the schools.

The five schools and the date, time and location of their respective hearings are listed below.

September 18, 2015

Summer Newsletter

The post-session summer newsletter will be arriving at households throughout the week. Households that did not receive the newsletter can view the electronic copy here. End of session action includes the Rent Act of 2015 and affordable housing abatements.


2015 Summer Newsletter

August 4, 2015

Statement from Senator Dilan | Fast Food Wage Board Recommends $15 Hourly Wage

“Throughout our state and city fast food franchises are prevalent. Often two to a block, they cater to every community, serving thousands of customers, often 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Collectively, they are among the largest employers with an ever increasing presence. There is always a need for staff and the demands placed on them is constantly growing. However, the pay neither reflects the scale of the work or the cost of living. Low-cost food and franchise gains should not ride on the back of low-cost labor,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.

Approved  Minimum Wage Schedule

New York City (Hourly)

$10.50 | December 31, 2015

$12 | December 31, 2016

$13 | December 31, 2017

July 22, 2015

Senator Dilan Rent Guidelines Board Testimony

Tamara Slogosky, Esq., Community Liaison to Senator Dilan delivered the following remarks during the Rent Guidelines Board, June 18, 2015 public hearing regarding proposed adjustments to affect renewal leases commencing between October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

On Monday, June 29 the Rent Guidelines Board approved a freeze on one-year leases. It’s the first rent freeze the board has approved since its formation in 1969.

June 30, 2015

New Location

To improve accessibility and service, State Senator Dilan's Brooklyn District Office has relocated to 573 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 1121.

The office is located between Lorimer Street & Union Avenue with nearby L and G Line service at Lorimer Street / Metropolitan Avenue station.




June 29, 2015

Senator Dilan Sponsored Eminent Domain Bill to Save Williamsburg Community Center Passes Senate

Legislation to save the Swinging Sixties Senior and Small World Day Care centers from shuttering after more than 40 years in operation, passed the upper house this week. Having passed the Senate 61 -1, S. 2631 was returned to the Assembly. From there it must be submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo for approval.

Having passed the Assembly the week before, the legislation authorizing the Empire State Development Corporation to acquire the property at the corner of 211 Ainslie Street in Williamsburg, is a signature away from becoming law.

June 17, 2015

Senator Dilan Sponsored E-Bike Bill Passes Senate

On Tuesday, May 19 Senator Dilan’s bill defining an electric assisted bicycle passed the Senate. The legislation mirrors federal standards limiting output and speed of the bicycles. If signed to law, municipalities can enact their own terms of use for the bicycles.

Currently e-bikes are illegal in the state of New York. Defining, and establishing operational criteria for electric assisted bicycles will clarify for authorities that these vehicles are more akin to bicycles than motorcycles. This will assist in interpreting the application of the appropriate vehicle and traffic laws to operators and passengers of these vehicles.

May 21, 2015

Brooklyn educators honored at award ceremony

Hundreds of Brooklyn educators were honored Thursday at the Educational Leadership Awards Breakfast.

Full story at News 12 Brooklyn.

May 7, 2015

2015 Spring Newsletter

The post-budget spring newsletter will be arriving at households throughout the week. Households that did not receive the newsletter can view the electronic copy and see some of the key points of this year's 2014-15 State Budget.



2015 Spring Newsletter

May 6, 2015

Senator Dilan, Colleagues Press Consideration of Important Bills Before Close of Session

Today Senator Dilan and colleagues spurred the legislative process in an effort to advance proposals to enact ethic reforms, fair farm labor practices and a livable local wage.

April 27, 2015

Democrats Frustrated by Governor Backing Off Party's Issues

Gotham Gazette

by David Howard King, Mar 26, 2015

On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the DREAM Act and the Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) he had paired were no longer part of budget negotiations. For many Black and Latino legislators the news was painful - they had pushed Cuomo to include the DREAM Act as part of his budget after he and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigned on the issue across the city this summer. But there was also a sinking sense of deja vu.

March 27, 2015

L train riders fed up with delays, look to Cuomo for help

Ridgewood Times


In recent weeks, the L train has suffered from hour-long delays, overcrowded platforms and other service problems. Riders Alliance member Alexis Saba shared her experience with transit delays. “On [March 17], I waited forever on the L train before we actually left,” she said. “When we finally left, the train crawled to Bedford, and were told that a rail was out and that Bedford was the last stop—and I couldn’t physically get out of the Bedford station due to the crowds.”

March 27, 2015

“Clean Up Albany” Comprehensive Ethics Reforms

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan recently joined members of the Democratic Conference to unveil a major legislative package to address the ongoing ethics crisis in State Government and restore the public’s trust.  

February 12, 2015

Senator Dilan Joins in Calls for Greater Oversight of North Brooklyn’s Toxic Sites

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth have started a petition asking city officials to develop a timely and thorough system of responding to, and reporting of, potential exposure to toxins in the event of a fire. On Saturday, January 31 a seven-alarm fire consumed a Williamsburg warehouse used for storing office supplies. Plumes of smoke drifted in-land affecting residents and homes as far as Cypress Hills, who complained of noxious odors and ill effects. As NAG points out, communities like Williamsburg and Greenpoint, are overburdened by toxic waste sites, including the Greenpoint oil spill and numerous state and federal Superfund sites.

February 4, 2015

Metro North Collision

There are many questions regarding last night’s unfortunate accident. I can only hope the coming investigation gives us some answers as to why we have another fatal accident, its deadliest to date, on the Metro North line. In the meantime, my thoughts are with the victim’s families. It truly is a tragic and senseless loss.

February 4, 2015

Cypress Hills Small Business Services Initiative

Senator Dilan,  Assemblyman Dilan and Councilman Espinal are hosting a small business town hall in conjunction with NYC Small Business Solutions and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Learn how to get your small business started and about new opportunities the city and state is proposing to help grown New York’s small businesses.

Thursday, January 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cypress Hill Senior Center, 3208 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11208.

Please Contact Hugo Espinal with any Questions or Comments at (718) 573-1726.

January 27, 2015

Wage Theft Act Defanged

On January 12, Senator Dilan voted against a measure (S.1319) that severely weakens the ability to investigate and prosecute existing and future complaints of wage theft.Last year amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010 were signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation established increased penalties, required reporting of violations, and gave the Commissioner of Labor the ability and resources to investigate complaints spanning the newly adopted six-year statute of limitations.

January 13, 2015

Senator Dilan Begins 7th Term

Senator Dilan took the oath of office on Wednesday, January, 7, marking the beginning of the 2015-16 New York State Legislative Session, and his 7th term representing the people of North Brooklyn’s 18th (formerly 17th) Senatorial District.

The 18th Senate District comprise the communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Cypress Hills, City-Line, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Brownsville.

January 8, 2015

2015-16 New York State Legislative Session

The 2015-16 New York State Legislative session begins at 12 p.m. today. Aside from the administering of oaths, house conference leaders and Senate rules will be voted on today. Before long, the fight for better wages, affordable housing and tenant protections will be underway. And these are but a few of the issues our state and community is facing this year. As legislation, negotiations and debates begin to take shape, be sure to keep in contact here or on facebook, or contact my office directly at, (518) 455-2177 (Albany), (718) 573-1726 (Brooklyn).

January 7, 2015

Drive 25. It's the Law.

Mayor de Blasio signed the bill reducing the city speed limit to 25 mph. The reduced limit, a portion of the larger Vision Zero policy to reduce New York traffic related fatalities, will go into effect November 7. Earlier this year Senator Dilan joined advocates in the push to lower city speed limits after the year began with reckless driving claiming a victim a day.

Vision Zero Flyer

October 28, 2014