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Senator Dilan Rallies for Support of Reforms to Marijuana Decriminalization Laws

Senator Dilan joined sponsor of the “Fairness and Equity Act,” Senator Squadron, elected officials, the Drug Policy Alliance and Vocal NY, among others, to call for comprehensive reforms to address the growing rate of

July 9, 2014
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A Defense for Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products?

It’s being reported that interests opposed to a bill banning the use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products are pressing hard for the bill’s defeat. The Child Safe Product Act has 40 sponsors in the Senate, including myself. Already passed in the Assembly, the legislation would require manufacturers to phase out certain chemicals used in children's products—such as arsenic, lead and mercury.

The legislation targets the influx of products manufactured in China that contain these, and many hazardous chemicals. However, chemical manufactures are arguing that banning the use of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals in children’s toys will impact their bottom line.

I’ve been waiting 2 years to vote AYE on the bill.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins Communities for Change, Workers in Support of #RaiseTheWage

Senator Dilan recently joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York Communities for Change and hundreds of workers in the Capitol in support of Senate Democratic Conference efforts to #RaiseTheWage to $10.10.

The increased minimum wage would be tied to the consumer price index and give localities the ability to adjust wages by as much as 30 percent, for regional markets.

June 18, 2014
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Measure to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking Passes Senate

Senator Dilan speaks in support of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S.5879B). The legislation will improve New York State’s efforts to end human trafficking by enhancing protections of trafficking victims and strengthen penalties against traffickers. Senator Dilan is a co-sponsor of the legislation that passed the Senate unanimously.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion

The New York State Senate honored World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II.

June 6, 2014
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Raising the Wage: New York’s One-Size-Fits-All Wage Standard

By Lolita Avila

As the 2014 state legislative session winds down, the Senate Democratic Conference is making the case for a local minimum wage option. On Monday, June 2, the Democratic Conference released a detailed report showcasing the financial benefits of allowing local governments the ability to adjust wages to an appropriate regional standard.  Senators who support the bill, including Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, would like to stop the endless penny-pinching, make-ends-meet cycle for New York’s minimum wage workforce. They called upon the Senate Republican/IDC coalition to help push the legislation through as soon as possible.

June 4, 2014
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Senator Dilan, Conference Colleagues: The Case for Local Minimum Wage

Included Report  Details Benefits of Minimum Wage Increases to New York’s Diverse Economies

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan recently joined with members of the Senate Democratic Conference to urge passage of legislation that would authorize localities to establish a minimum wage tailored to the state’s unique regional economies.

June 3, 2014
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DREAM Act Forum Draws Emotional, Compelling Testimony

By Lolita Avila

Illegal aliens will get a free ride to college with American citizens tax dollars. According to the New York State Youth Leadership Council, this is a DREAM Act myth. The misconception is one of the many reasons why the New York State Senate Democratic Conference decided to hold a forum to promote and dispel inaccurate information about this legislation.

May 30, 2014
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Lolita Avila: College of Saint Rose Senior, Summer Intern

Please welcome Lolita Avila, the summer intern at Senator Dilan’s Albany office for the remainder of the legislative session.

Ms. Avila is a senior at the College of Saint Rose in Albany majoring in communications with a minor in Spanish. A Bushwick native, she is the Chapter President of the Delta Epsilon Lota Academic Honor Society and a member of the local community group,  Knights of Service.

Ms. Avila will be covering the legislative process, from motions in committee to action on the Senate floor, and sharing her experiences, opinions and thoughts online at dilan.nysente.gov.

May 30, 2014
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Senator Dilan, Democratic Conference Members Host NY DREAM Act Forum

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan joined Senate Democratic Conference colleagues during a public forum on the New York State DREAM Act.

Students and fiscal and educational experts were called upon to comment on the proposed legislation that will provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth as they seek to attend higher education institutions. Forum participants discussed the financial and educational benefits of enacting the DREAM Act in New York.

May 28, 2014
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Senator Dilan, Democratic Conference and Women’s Organizations Advocate Passage of 10-Point Women’s Equality Act

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan and Senate colleagues joined with women’s rights advocates to call on the Senate Coalition to pass the full Women’s Equality Act (WEA). Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not been brought before the Senate for a vote. Recently, the full Women’s Equality Act legislation was introduced in the Senate alongside a letter to Senate leaders urging immediate action.

May 20, 2014
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Charles A. Johnson

Staff Sergeant Charles A. Johnson is a true American hero, described as a soldier’s soldier with a passion to serve his community and country.

Sergeant Johnson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 18, 1950; he is the fourth of twelve children and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 19. In 1969, he enlisted in the United States Army so that he could protect his fellow citizens. He completed basic and advanced training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, five months later.

May 16, 2014
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City Speed Limit Legislation Gains Momentum After Families, Advocates and City Officials Unite

Senator Dilan has amended his initial proposal to allow the City of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph, after the families of those lost to reckless driving, advocates and city officials agreed to stand behind a 25 mph proposal. A resolution in the City Council sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield, affirming city-wide support of the agreed upon 25 mph legislation and urging the State Legislature to act on the measure, was approved overwhelmingly.

May 15, 2014
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Helene Leonardi

Helene Leonardi is a renowned sculptor and folk-pop artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. 

In 1982, Ms. Leonardi and her husband moved to Brooklyn, where she began her professional art career. Her sculptures have been exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout New York City and can be found in many collections abroad. After nearly two decades of success, she began to share her skill and knowledge through art programs at local organizations and schools. 

May 14, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Vision Zero Bushwick, Monday, May 19th

Senator Dilan, Transportation Alternatives and Community Board 4 are hosting a Community Street Safety Workshop to solicit suggestions and ideas for the implementation of the city-wide Vision Zero traffic safety initiative in Bushwick.

May 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Dilan, Families for Safe Streets Rally in Albany

Continuing efforts to garner support for a measure to allow New York City to establish lower speed limits, Senator Dilan, Senate colleagues, city councilmembers and the families of loved ones lost to reckless driving, gathered in Albany to call for the passage of the legislation.

S.6496-A, sponsored by Senator Dilan in the Senate, and carried by Assembly Member O’Donnell (A.8478A) in the Assembly, would allow the city of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 m.p.h. The proposal is intended to supplement Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

May 8, 2014
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Governor Cuomo’s Tenant Protection Unit Targets Rent Regulated Saboteurs

Governor Cuomo announced that the state’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has served a subpoena on JBI Management to investigate allegations of intentionally sabotaging rent regulated apartments to drive tenants out.

Senator Dilan introduced legislation to bolster the state’s Tenant Protection Unit’s ability to root out unscrupulous landlords. The measure would make sabotage of a rent regulated unit a felony. Harassment of tenants is currently a felony under existing law.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins NYC DOT, NYPD to Announce Arterial Slow Zone on McGuiness Blvd

Senator Dilan joined state representatives, city officials and advocates at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Nassau Avenue to welcome the latest of 25 planned arterial slow zones throughout the city. McGuinness Boulevard joins Atlantic Avenue and the Grand Concourse as a 25 mph arterial slow zone, with signal re-timings and new signage to be added in the coming weeks.

April 22, 2014
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Brooklyn lawmakers push to criminalize ‘rent sabotage’

By Ryan Hutchins

Capital New York

A bill in the state legislature would criminalize the act of “rent sabotage,” making it a felony for landlords to destroy their own buildings in the hopes of forcing out tenants living in rent-controlled units.

The measure was introduced this month following continued reports of hostilities between renters and property owners in increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods. Tenants who've spent many years in the same apartments without problems have accused landlords of sending in men with sledgehammers and power saws to make the properties unliveable.

April 14, 2014
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Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Make Sabotage of Regulated Rentals a Criminal Act

In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners  intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out,   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.

S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections  prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.

April 14, 2014
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