Met with CUNY students this morning to discuss inclusion of the DREAM Act, and increasing funding to the Single Stop Community College Initiative, in the 2014-15 state budget.
Single Stop provides comprehensive social, legal and financial services to students at CUNY's six community College - all free to the student. It is an effective and essential service that more than warrants the $1 million funding increase CUNY students are asking the legislature to consider.
I'll advocate for the additional program funding. And this year—like last year, and the years before—I'll continue to call for inclusion of the DREAM Act in the budget.
The office of Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, in conjunction with Long Island University Brooklyn, will be providing free income tax preparation. Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will be offering city, state and federal income tax assistance to eligible constituents every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning February 7, 2014 to April 11, 2014.
An annual income of $52,000 or less;
Reside in the 18th Senate District;
Valid photo identification;
W-2 statement, or 1099, any and all supporting documentation including Social Security Card for taxpayer and all dependents.
Citing the alarming rate of traffic fatalities in New York City, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D–Bushwick), has sponsored legislation in the State Senate to empower city officials to make speed limit changes as they deem necessary.
More than 10,000 New Yorkers are on waiting lists as the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines) can save up to eight lives, while a tissue donor (corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, veins, etc.) can improve 12 or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and preventing the loss of mobility and disability.By enrolling in the Donate Life Registry, you are giving legal consent for the recovery of your organs, tissues and eyes for the purposes of transplantation and research at the time of your death.
The New York State Commercial Goods Industry Fair Play Act, co-sponsored by Senator Dilan, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.The legislation resolves the misclassification of commercial truck drivers, who are often listed a an "independent contractors" even though they are employed by a single commercial goods transportation company.
Senator Dilan’s district office has relocated to 718 Knickerbocker Avenue, between Hancock Street and Jefferson Avenue. Please join us Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an Open House and the:
Opportunity to meet the Senator
Visit with staff
Learn about what services the office can assist you with
Useful brochures & pamphlets will be available
Voter Registration forms
Participation from State and City agencies, and community organizations is expected
The new location is accessible via Myrtle-Wycoff Aves., L and M station, as well as bus stops: Wilson Av/Hancock St (B60) and Halsey St/Knickerbocker Av (B26).
The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund has provided the following timeline as it continues its efforts to secure environmental improvements in Greenpoint. For full program information, including upcoming community meetings, guidance on applying for grants and other updates, visit gcefund.org.
October 16, 2013
Issuance of request for proposals for Small grants (<$25K) and request for pre-proposals for Large (>$25 K to $2 M) and Legacy (>$2 M) grants. (Opening date for submitting Small grant proposals/Large and Legacy grant pre-proposals).
October 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
On-going prospective applicant support (workshops, webinars, one-on-one consultations, etc.).
MTA Adds Bus Service, Suspends Other Construction During Closures
Last month Senator Dilan joined a working group of 17 elected officials, the Riders Alliance and the Straphangers Campaign to present the MTA with a list of suggestions for plans to accommodate riders while repairs to the R and G lines were made.
Senator Dilan joined Senator Squadron, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance to announce a G train Full Line Review that proposes major improvements to the line.
In January Sens. Dilan and Squadron asked for a review of the line to address a recent uptick in ridership and suggestions for better service. The MTA has proposed a plan that includes increased service during rush hour, service and station upgrades.
Even before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, there had been talks of bifurcating New York. From every end of the state from Long Island to Buffalo, through the Civil War, to the 1960’s and again in the 2000’s, it has come up time and time again, in various forms and proposals with support from either side of the aisle. Tomorrow it will again be before the Senate Elections Committee.
S. 4051 would allow individual counties to place an initiative on their ballot to poll their citizens as to whether they support the division of New York into two separate states.
S.420, would require the counting of affidavit ballots cast by voters who appear at a polling place in the wrong election district but within the proper county.
Under existing law, election inspectors are required to offer an affidavit ballot if a voter’s name does not appear on the election district’s rolls. Often, the ballots are not counted because the voters cast them in the wrong polling location.
Today I joined Committee Chair Senator Fuschillo, and members of the Senate Transportation Committee to hear from a number of speakers on what New York should do to address recent incidents of school bus operators driving while intoxicated.
Last October, a school bus carrying 5 children drove into a Syosset home. The driver pled guilty to aggravated DWI charges.
How common are these occurrences? Do we need to strengthen pupil transportation laws? Should school buses be equipped with ignition interlocks? Therese are a few of the questions, and topics for this morning’s hearing.
Today Senator Dilan joined with his colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee to unanimously accept Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam to fill a vacancy in the Court of Appeals.
Justice Abdus-Salaam is expected to come before the Senate for a full vote on Monday, May 6. Once confirmed, Justice Abdus-Salaam will be the first African-American woman to serve on the state’s highest court.
Senator Dilan recently toured Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse to take a closer look at the great work EcoStation:NY and Bushwick Campus Farms are doing in the community. The campus farm and greenhouse are working models of sustainable urban agriculture and serve as both an agricultural education facility and as a source of some of the locally-grown, organic produce sold at 5 markets throughout Bushwick.Thanks to Bushwick Campus Farms for the opportunity.
The recent tragedy in a Bangladesh garment factory raises serious concerns about working conditions there, the general safety of the workforce, as well as our responsibilities as consumers.
As Americans and New Yorkers, we have a responsibility and duty to protect against unsafe working conditions here at home and put an end to tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Abroad, basic workplace protections we have worked hard to secure here, are lax, if nonexistent. While we may not play a direct role in securing similar protections that could have prevented today’s tragedy in Bangladesh, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a voice or a responsibility to demand action.