Martin Malavé Dilan's Blog entries

Cypress Hills Healthy Home Initiative

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

Cypress Hills Healthy Home Initiative

Cypress Hills Iniciativa Hogares Saludables

March 6, 2015

New York State Senate honors the achievements of New York State women

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.

2015 WOD-Boards-Inducteees.pdf

March 5, 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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., live from the Empire State Plaza Convention Center

January 19, 2015

New York City Municipal ID

Senator Dilan was proud to offer his support of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s launch of New York City’s Municipal Identification program, IDNYC.

January 12, 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
October 24, 2014

Reclaiming Newtown Creek

Senator Dilan recently joined North Brooklyn Development Corp Executive Director, Richard Mazur and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a canoe tour of Newtown Creek. The club, along with organizations such as the  Java St Community Garden, are stewards of the ongoing remediation of the creek. These groups are host to a number of environemental education projects finaced by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. To learn more about the fund and important projects in Greenpoint, please visit

August 19, 2014

National Night Out 2014 | Tuesday, August 5

Tuesday, August 5 is the 31st annual National Night Out. The NYPD will host this year’s event at multiple locations throughout the city and district. Come join your neighbors, police, civic organizations and local businesses during the country’s largest anti-crime rally. Stop by for food, entertainment and an opportunity to meet the men and women who keep your neighborhood safe.

August 4, 2014

Learn to Navigate Your Consumer Debt Case

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.

July 23, 2014

Greenpoint Tube Closure Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

July 22, 2014

Senator Dilan, Local Electeds, Continue Calls to Save Williamsburg Community Center

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.

July 15, 2014

Public Forum Regarding the Rightsizing of City’s Public Housing

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.

July 14, 2014

Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 Accepting Apprenticeship Applications Throughout July

The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union 28 AFL-CIO, is looking for qualified applicants for its 5-year program to earn while you learn in a career in the Sheet Metal Industry.

July 11, 2014

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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