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.
Senator Dilan will be a guest of honor at Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse’s annual Earth Week Celebration. Stop by and see the great work EcoStation:NY and Bushwick Campus Farms are doing in the community from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., this Thursday, April 25. There will be gardening seminars, demonstrations and entertainment.
Founded by EcoStation:NY and the four schools of Bushwick Campus, the campus farm and greenhouse are working models of sustainable urban agriculture.
Today Senator Dilan co-sponsored three environmental “super bills” in hopes they soon see action in the Senate. The bills are critically important to protecting and preserving New York’s natural resources for future generations, and are touted as high priority for environmentalists throughout the state.
Not including funding for the Dream Act in the State Budget is a disservice to thousands of New Yorkers who wish to realize the American Dream and work to ensure that future generations can and will lay the foundations for a long and prosperous life. Any education spending plan without Dream Act funding is a no vote. An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. But a minimum wage increase not indexed to the rate of inflation is an arbitrary number. The fight for a fair, livable wage is far from over. I voted no.
S. 392, sponsored by Senator Dilan is on today's active list. The bill allows for county and local highway departments to rent road machinery to other municipalities, school districts and local college and universities, thereby reducing costs to taxpayers.Senate session is scheduled for 3 p.m. today. Watch it live at livestream.com/NYSENATE.
On Saturday, Feb 23, Senator Martin Malave Dilan's office will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., to assist district seniors who wish to file IT-214 and NYC-210 tax credit forms.
IT-214 is a real property tax credit for homeowners and renters. You must have an income under $18,000, a home with a market value of $85,000 or less or a rent of $450 or less. You can even get this tax credit retroactively for the last three years.
"Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us remember that much of Dr. King's message of peace, equality and justice for, and among every American, is a mark we continue to strive for.
"Whether we seek to remedy racial, social or economic inequalities, Martin Luther King reminded us that 'all life is interrelated, and all men are interdependent,' and that only together, working for one another, will we truly have justice and equality for all."
“Governor Cuomo has put forth an exciting, challenging and progressive agenda for 2013.
"Whether it is an additional $1 billion (14,000 units) in new affordable housing, increasing the State’s minimum wage, pay equity for women and a reproductive health act, to campaign finance and common-sense gun measures that address both illegal, and high-capacity weapons, Governor Cuomo’s message was inspiring.
"I look forward to working with him to ensure that our shared goals become a reality in my home district of North Brooklyn and throughout New York State."
Thanks to the continued diligence of the NYPD and King’s County District Attorney Charles Hynes, 41 members of the TBO gang are facing lengthy jail sentences stemming from a two-year spree of crimes in Bushwick and neighboring communities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new analysis indicating that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year.
The updated 2011 data show the downward trend in recent years represent a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005.
Unfortunately, the same report cited an 8.7 percent increase in cyclist deaths and pedestrian deaths increasing by 3 percent.
The registration deadline for FEMA assistance for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties affected by Hurricane Sandy has been extended to January 28, 2013.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster, are eligible.
Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State has received $27.7 million in federal Disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds.
The grant will be used to hire workers to help clean up communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply for temporary positions. The New York State Department of Labor will work with local officials to recruit and hire workers.