“Governor Cuomo’s redistricting proposal is a breath of fresh air.“New York’s redistricting process is undemocratic. The ability to disenfranchise any one-person or community for the sake of political gain with the stroke of a pen is unconscionable.
Senator Dilan is committed to a fair, objective and transparent 2011-2012 legislative redistricting process. Procedures are being considered to advance the goals of a legislative redistricting plan incorporating clearly stated goals and criteria.
Re: Funding New York’s Road and Bridge Work“There is no reason, cause or justification for withholding funding to the hundreds of road crews and contractors hard at work around the state maintaining our transportation infrastructure. To continue shortchanging New York’s roads and bridges is a path that will lead to disaster.
“There is no reason, cause or justification for withholding funding to the hundreds of road crews and contractors hard at work around the state maintaining our transportation infrastructure. To continue shortchanging New York’s roads and bridges is a path that will lead to disaster.
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives resolution (H.Res. 1186) designating April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, passed 410 to 2.The resolution, sponsored by Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey, encourages Americans to consider the lives of others on the road and put an end to distracted driving.
We will be working in conjunction with local community organizations, non-profits and religious institutions to keep you posted on new jobs, application assistance and job training seminars in your neighborhood.
Employers, we appreciate your experience and input as we work to develop policy objectives that will create jobs quickly, bolster job growth, and ensure long-term economic development.
“Keeping services in tact must remain a priority for the MTA during this process. While I am fully aware of the financial strain the State, City and authority faces, the MTA must weigh every option to maintain services, especially services as vital as the reduced fare for school children program.”
“The safety of drivers traveling between Vermont and New York must be of the utmost importance, that is why I support Governor Paterson’s decision to replace the Crown Point Bridge. The costs to repair the 80 year-old span are prohibitive compared to the long-term, regional safety and economic gains if the bridge were to be replaced all-together,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.
I thank Comptroller DiNapoli for his in-depth report highlighting the near 20-year foray into the state’s dedicated road and bridge fund. I look forward to working with the Comptroller as we seek to restore and re-dedicate funding to our transportation infrastructure and avert another Crown Point Bridge.
It is my hope that in naming Jay Walder the next Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, that the first steps have been taken in returning the authority to fiscal solvency and improved public standing.In my discussions with Mr. Walder, his acumen for managing large-scale public transportation authorities quickly became evident. As Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, I look forward to a successful working relationship with Mr. Walder as he works to restore the public’s trust in the MTA and improve services for riders.
Legislation will help redevelopment efforts of distressed communities
Today the New York State Senate passed legislation strengthening a 2006 community redevelopment program.
The Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), S2960-B, sponsored by Senator Valesky, augments the existing state program to bring New York State in line with 30 other states with successful programs. The changes will allow the state to target reinvestment to distressed communities, as determined by the U.S. Census.
I am elated to hear Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor has a well-deserved reputation as an intuitive, inspiring and just jurist. She has risen from her humble roots in the Bronx, to become a well-known, respected facet of the United States Court of Appeals these last ten years. I look forward to her continued service and success upon confirmation as the first Latina in history named to the Supreme Court.
This has been a year of sacrifice for all of us. But countless others before us have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. It’s important to remember these brave men and women as we unofficially welcome summer in the company of friends, family and loved ones. I wish you and yours a safe holiday and extend a heartfelt thank you to all those that serve in our Armed Forces. Come home safe.
Congratulations to all college students who graduated last weekend.You are New York’s future and before long it will be you guiding this state to a new era. Good luck to you all. May you meet all your goals and achieve all your hopes and aspirations.