“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.
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.
Today Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Senate colleagues and fellow Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus members passed a resolution proclaiming June 2015 as Gun Violence Awareness Month in the State of New York.
Sponsored by Senator Hassell-Thompson and Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, the goal of resolution J. 2568 is to shine light on the need to pass important gun safety legislation and to utilize various community resources to combat the epidemic of gun violence.
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.
Almost daily our friends and neighbors face harassment from unscrupulous landlords; some going as far as deliberately making homes unsafe and unlivable. As sponsor of legislation creating a felony offense for the sabotaging of regulated apartments, and a proud supporter of the Tenant Protection Unit, Senator Dilan joined Allied Communities Against Buy-Outs (ACABO) in Maria Hernandez Park to rally in support of laws that strengthen tenant protections.
If you have a good idea for improving Greenpoint’s environment, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is offering a great opportunity to turn that idea into reality. Attend an upcoming workshop to learn about GCEF grants and network with Greenpointers with similar interests.
Upcoming workshops are scheduled for May 14 and May 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both events will be held at the Dupont Street Senior Center. 80 Dupont St., Greenpoint 11222.
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.
The application deadline for the Cypress Hills Healthy Homes Initiative has been extended to 1 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015.
The Healthy Homes Initiative (CHHHI) provides assistance to eligible homeowners for significant repairs and/or building system upgrades, from roof and heating system repairs to pest control. If you own a home between Jamaica Ave. and Atlantic Ave., Pennsylvania Ave. and Elderts Lane in Brooklyn, New York, and meet income requirements, your home could be eligible for assistance.
Contact Cypress Hills LDC for more information, including program eligibility, at (917) 893-8801 ext. 213, or email email@example.com.
Inducts Three Women into Historic Women of Distinction Exhibit
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Senator Dilan and Senate colleagues inducted three women into its annual Women of Distinction exhibit.
This year’s exhibit, which opens March 9 in the Legislative Office Building, includes: the first African-American woman elected to the New York State Legislature Bessie A. Buchanan (1902-1980) of Manhattan; physician and professor Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) of Harlem; and lawyer and suffrage activist Kate Stoneman (1841-1925) of Lakewood and the Albany area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 455-2177 (Albany), (718) 573-1726 (Brooklyn).