Martin Malavé Dilan's News items

Times Union: Open Internet access imperative

By Martin Malave Dilan, CommentaryThe Federal Communications Commission is struggling to reach an agreement on if, and how much your Internet access provider can limit your access to online content and what content it can limit. In a nutshell, that's the Net Neutrality debate. And the FCC has opened that debate as it weighs the merger America's top two broadband Internet service providers.I proffer the following: There is no acceptable business model for the control over access to information; and there is no acceptable policy with regards to who deems, or what they deem, as "commercially acceptable" or "preferential" regarding information and access to it.

October 1, 2014
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Children and seniors rally on the steps of City Hall in an attempt to save their Williamsburg community center

Developer Harry Einhorn paid $4.5 million to buy the building that houses the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, and offered a lease that they can't afford to pay.BY Marco Poggio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Children and seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to ask the city to buy their Williamsburg community center so they won’t be put out on the street.

July 16, 2014
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Brooklyn lawmakers push to criminalize ‘rent sabotage’

By Ryan Hutchins

Capital New York

A bill in the state legislature would criminalize the act of “rent sabotage,” making it a felony for landlords to destroy their own buildings in the hopes of forcing out tenants living in rent-controlled units.

The measure was introduced this month following continued reports of hostilities between renters and property owners in increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods. Tenants who've spent many years in the same apartments without problems have accused landlords of sending in men with sledgehammers and power saws to make the properties unliveable.

April 14, 2014
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NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure to be included in the coming fiscal year.

A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next week.

Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.

According to the letter signed by 20 senators, a federal transportation law cut the state's money for bicycle and pedestrian projects by $12 million a year.

March 7, 2014
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The Brooklyn Paper : Whose streets? Our streets! Bushwick pol wants Brooklyn to rule its own roads

By Megan Riesz

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn, not Albany, knows best what should happen on Brooklyn streets.

That is the thinking behind a bill sponsored by state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan (D—Bushwick) that would allow the Council to reduce the speed limit on residential streets citywide to 20 miles per hour without state approval.

“It will save lives,” Dilan said. “I am excited.”

February 3, 2014
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CAPITAL: New York’s forgotten high-speed rail study

By Dana Rubinstein

On Tuesday, following months of delays, the Federal Railroad Administration quietly posted to its website a New York State study study outlining five different options for "high speed rail" connecting New York City to Niagara Falls.

The study was supposed to have been released in June, after it was reviewed by the federal government, and as recently as this morning, New York State's transportation commissioner was apparently still unaware that the review was complete.

January 30, 2014
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Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Winners

NY State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan rallied with G train riders in Williamsburg last month. Their efforts resulted in an MTA decision to conduct a full review of the G train.

Read more at Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

February 27, 2013
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MTA to assess complaints that much maligned G train is frequently overcrowded, delayed and rerouted

EXCLUSIVE: MTA answers calls issued by state Sens. Daniel Squadron, Martin Malave Dilan for full-scale analysis of G subway line.

Read more at New York daily News.

February 27, 2013
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'Guns for Greatness,' which would offer Beyonce tickets to those turning in firearms, gets endorsement of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes and TV host Nick Cannon

State Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), who has sponsored past gun-buyback programs, said Williams’ proposal “is definitely a good idea.”Read more at New York Daily News.

February 27, 2013
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Lawmakers: G Train Riders Deserve Better Service

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two New York State senators called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Sunday to undertake a review of G train service in Brooklyn and Queens.Sens. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan) and Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) said Sunday that despite the booming growth of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn and southwest Queens along the G train line, frequency and rider communication have failed to keep up.

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From El Diario...Demandan mejoras en servicio del tren G

January 28, 2013
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Vigil To Be Held For Girl Who Inspired Tough Drunk Driving Law

NY1 -- A memorial vigil will take place Tuesday for Leandra Rosado, the 11-year-old girl whose death in a drunk driving crash in Manhattan inspired a tough state law.

Tuesday is the second anniversary of the crash on the West Side Highway that killed Leandra.

Shortly after her death, former Governor David Paterson signed Leandra's Law, making it a felony to drive under the influence with a child younger than 15 in the car.

Since the law went into effect, there have been 1,550 arrests in the state, including 150 in the city.

October 11, 2011
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Senator Dilan Speaks Redistricting on the Capitol Pressroom, December 16, 2010

Senator Martin Dilan is a Brooklyn Democrat & co-chairman of the Legislative Advisory Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (studio). In other words, until the end of the month, he has some sway over how the legislature determines redistricting.

January 5, 2011
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Reform means more than Koch's pledge

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch  has undertaken a worthy effort to reform state government, but his approach is fundamentally flawed. In fighting for independent redistricting, responsible budget and ethics reforms, Koch is propping up those who have stood in the way of serious reform for decades, while forcing those with actual reform records to defend themselves against those who have done little more than sign a piece of paper.Talking about an issue is nice, but for the voters of this state, action speaks louder than signing an ex-politician's pledge.

August 17, 2010
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2010 Census: You Can Count On It

For nine years, North Brooklyn residents have counted on State Senator Martin Dilan (D-Williamsburg) to deliver services for his constituents...read more

January 4, 2010
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Senator Dilan’s Efforts Help Save “La Marqueta”

            Earlier this year, the merchants who occupy “La Marqueta” were told by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City of New York that they were planning to close the market and they had until June 15th to leave and set-up shop somewhere else.  EDC had proposed to close the market in order to make way for affordable housing.  When Senator Dilan heard of this he immediately met with the ven

March 26, 2009
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Senator Dilan Responds To The State Commission On Health Care Facilities In The 21st Century’s Final Report

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan today responded to the State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission Report, which outlined ways to trim some of the fat from the state’s bloated health care system.

March 18, 2009
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Senator Dilan Announces Funding for School-based Health Clinics

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center will receive a $204,805 grant from the State Department of Health in support of school-based health clinics, which provide on-site health care services free of charge to students at their local school.

March 14, 2009
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Senator Dilan Lauds Positive Impact of Workers’ Comp Reform

New York is immediately reaping the rewards of reforming Workers’ Compensation.”

      The legislation, which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Spitzer in March, increases the maximum weekly benefit for injured workers from $400 to $600 over three years, and indexes future maximum weekly benefits at two-thirds of the average weekly wage.

March 14, 2009
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