At the height of the recession in 2008, more than 300,000 consumer debt lawsuits were filed in New York City courts. Although the economy has improved, nearly 100,000 debt suits were filed in 2013. The majority of defendants in consumer suits are minorities or senior citizens living below the poverty level. Nearly all cannot afford a lawyer and end up in court uninformed.
MTA to add bus service, suspend other construction during closure
At 11 p.m., Friday, July 25 the Greenpoint Tube will close as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority repairs damage to the tunnel and G Line sustained during Superstorm Sandy. The scheduled repairs will be completed and service will be restored on Tuesday, September 2 at 5 a.m.
Senator Dilan recently joined North Brooklyn officials, children and seniors, on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to preserve a community asset at 211 Ainslie Street in Williamsburg.
Advocates and officials are supporting a plan to purchase the building so the senior and children services that the community center has provided for more than 40 years can continue. Without additional city capital, a senior center, daycare and universal Pre-K programs—already funded through the city—will be lost if the building’s owners move forward with a plan to redevelop the site.
Borough President Eric Adams is hosting a forum on the “rightsizing” policy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Wednesday July 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Borough Hall.
Tenants will have the opportunity to hear from HPD Commissioner Vicki Been and local stakeholders on the departments ongoing efforts to address the overcrowding of NYCHA units, and the under-occupation of others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
El Senador Dilan, el grupo Alternativas de Transporte y la Junta Comunitaria del distrito 4 están organizando un “ Taller para la seguridad de las calles de la Comunidad " para solicitar sugerencias e ideas para la implementación de la iniciativa de seguridad de tráfico de toda la ciudad Visión Cero en Bushwick.
Following the March 31 passage of the State Budget, Mayor de Blasio has announced that more than 4,200 additional full-day pre-kindergarten seats will be available for the 2014-15 school year.
Children born in 2010 who live in New York City are eligible to apply. Enrollment for the seats has been extended to April 23. The Department of Education will notify families off placements in June. To learn more, or apply for public school pre-K options, visit schools.nyc.gov or visit your Borough Enrollment Office.
Senator Dilan stood with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, advocates, and colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, to demand that the Executive Budget proposal to sweep the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of $40 million in dedicated operating funds be taken off the table.
Brooklyn community district 4 residents have been given preference to 50 percent (50 %) of the 17 new, affordable units available at Knickerbocker Commons. The application deadline is March 31.
Apply online at NYC Housing Connect, or request an application by mail. To request an application by mail, mail a self-addressed envelope to: Knickerbocker Commons, 217 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan recently joined Families for Safe Streets to speak in support of initiatives and efforts to reduce the spate of deaths at the hands of reckless and dangerous driving in New York City.