Martin Malavé Dilan's Blog entries

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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Progress on Plans to Accommodate Riders During R and G Train Tunnel Closures

MTA Adds Bus Service, Suspends Other Construction During Closures

Last month Senator Dilan joined a working group of 17 elected officials, the Riders Alliance and the Straphangers Campaign to present the MTA with a list of suggestions for plans to accommodate riders while repairs to the R and G lines were made.

July 19, 2013
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G Line Review Requested by Sens. Dilan and Squadron Lands Station, Service Improvements

Senator Dilan joined Senator Squadron, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance to announce a G train Full Line Review that proposes major improvements to the line.

In January Sens. Dilan and Squadron asked for a review of the line to address a recent uptick in ridership and suggestions for better service. The MTA has proposed a plan that includes increased service during rush hour, service and station upgrades.

Read the full report at mta.info.

 

July 15, 2013
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Senate Transporation Committee Vets MTA Chair, CEO Nominee Prendergast

R & G line tunnel repairs and closures? Fare increases? 2nd Ave. access? Planned station improvements? The MTA's real-estate holdings?

Listen in as MTA Chairman & Chief Executive Officer nominee, Thomas F. Prendergast addresses these and more questions before the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation.

 

June 20, 2013
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Shape-up Bushwick

Senator Dilan and Community Board 4 sponsored this year’s 8th annual, Shape-Up Bushwick.

The event is held each year on Brooklyn Queens Day to promote healthy food choices and exercise in the community. This year’s events included a parade, Yoga, Zumba and aerobic exercise demonstrations.

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June 6, 2013
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Poll: Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?

Even before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, there had been talks of bifurcating New York. From every end of the state from Long Island to Buffalo, through the Civil War, to the 1960’s and again in the 2000’s, it has come up time and time again, in various forms and proposals with support from either side of the aisle. Tomorrow it will again be before the Senate Elections Committee.

S. 4051 would allow individual counties to place an initiative on their ballot to poll their citizens as to whether they support the division of New York into two separate states.

June 4, 2013
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Women's Equality Agenda

Today Senator Dilan joined Senate colleagues and women’s groups to call for a Senate vote on Governor Cuomo’s 10 point Women’s Equality Agenda before close of session.

May 15, 2013
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Senator Dilan’s “Right Church, Wrong Pew” Election Bill Among Governor’s Reform Package

Senator Dilan’s “Expanded Right Church, Wrong Pew” bill is among Governor Cuomo’s recently unveiled reforms to reduce corruption and reform New York’s electoral process.

S.420, would require the counting of affidavit ballots cast by voters who appear at a polling place in the wrong election district but within the proper county.

Under existing law, election inspectors are required to offer an affidavit ballot if a voter’s name does not appear on the election district’s rolls. Often, the ballots are not counted because the voters cast them in the wrong polling location.

May 2, 2013
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Transportation Committee Hearing on Intoxicated School Bus Drivers

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.

What do you think?dilan@nysenate.gov.

 

 

May 2, 2013
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Court of Appeals Nominee, Sheila Abdus-Salaam Moves Through Judiciary Committee

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.

April 30, 2013
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Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse

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.

April 26, 2013
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re: Collapsed Factory Building in Bangladesh

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.

April 24, 2013
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Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse Annual Earth Week Celebration

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.

April 23, 2013
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Earth Day: Senator Dilan Adds His Name in Support of Environmental Bills

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.

April 22, 2013
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4:33 A.M., Senate Session has Adjourned.

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.

March 27, 2013
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