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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, (518) 455-2177 (Albany), (718) 573-1726 (Brooklyn).
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.
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 http://www.gcefund.org/.
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.