Martin Malavé Dilan's Blog entries

DREAM Act Forum Draws Emotional, Compelling Testimony

By Lolita Avila

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.

May 30, 2014
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Lolita Avila: College of Saint Rose Senior, Summer Intern

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.

May 30, 2014
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Senator Dilan, Democratic Conference Members Host NY DREAM Act Forum

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.

May 28, 2014
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Senator Dilan, Democratic Conference and Women’s Organizations Advocate Passage of 10-Point Women’s Equality Act

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.

May 19, 2014
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!“Visión Zero” para Bushwick!

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.

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May 12, 2014
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4,268 Pre-K Seats Added for 2014-15 NYC Public School Year

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.

April 2, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins Transit Workers, Advocates in Opposition of Proposed $40 Million Transit Funding Sweep

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.

March 25, 2014
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Affordable Housing for Rent in Bushwick

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.

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Knickerbocker Commons, Bushwick (Brooklyn)

March 24, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins Advocates to Call for 20 MPH Limits, Expanded Enforcement

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.

March 19, 2014
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Resolution in City Council Calls for Support of State E-Bike Bill

New York City Council Member Rafael Espinal introduced a resolution in the council calling for support of Senator Dilan’s bill to legalize electric-assisted bicycles.S.390, introduced by Senator Dilan and carried by Assemblymember Gantt, would amend the State Vehicle and Traffic law to include electric assisted bicycles in the definition of bicycles and thus permit their use.

March 13, 2014
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Camera Enforcement of B44 Buss Lanes to Begin March 17

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that camera enforcement of the bus only lanes of the B44 Select Bus Service will beginning Monday, March 17.Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. unauthorized passenger vehicles within dedicated bus lanes on the B44 route will be cited for unauthorized travel in the lanes and fined $115.

March 12, 2014
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GCEF Awards First Round of Small Grants

Attorney General Schneiderman, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Martens and Senator Dilan announced the first series of grants to be awarded through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).

March 10, 2014
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2014-15 State Budget: CUNY, DREAM Act

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.

February 10, 2014
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Free Basic Income Tax Return Preparation

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

 

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Tax Preparation English/Spanish

February 3, 2014
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Senator Dilan Introduces Homerule Measure to Reduce NYC Speed Limits to 20 MPH

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.

January 30, 2014
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Organ and Tissue Donations

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.

January 17, 2014
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Dilan Co-Sponsored Fair Play Act Signed Into Law by Governor Cuomo

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.

January 14, 2014
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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Networking Event

Interested in working on a project proposal for Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund? Have a project idea?

On November 7, community members who may have similar project ideas, as well as technical experts who have know-how to implement your project, will meet for a GCEF networking event.

Turn your good idea into a project for improving Greenpoint's environment. Register online.

 

 

November 6, 2013
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GCEF Updates and Program Timeline

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.).

October 11, 2013
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