State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today responded to Governor Eliot Spitzer's very first State of the State address in his new capacity as New York State's Chief Executive. "Governor Spitzer's first State of the State address was a clear indication that he has every intention of keeping his campaign promises to bring sweeping government reform and full blown economic revitalization to the entire state. His ambitious agenda is one that I look forward to working with him on to achieve," Senator Dilan said.
As of 2008, the U.S. citizenship exam, taken by all new immigrants who are vying to become naturalized, will be significantly altered. According to the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), all questions on the exam have been revamped in an attempt to move away from overly-simplistic, easily memorized, trivia-esque answers, to ones that require deeper understanding of the history, institutions, and values of the U.S.A. Ultimately, the goal is to develop questions which will reflect knowledge more relevant to true U.S.
As a way to observe American Education Week, State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today urged fellow lawmakers to join him in supporting an end to the Campaign For Fiscal Equity (CFE) lawsuit by pledging to provide all New York schools with the financial resources needed for success. "Whenever we discuss education in America, we shouldn’t have to begin by asking, ‘education in which America?’" Senator Dilan noted. "The question of ‘which America’ certainly applies here in New York State where a wide gap exists between schools that succeed and those that do not.
Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) recently unveiled proposals to provide affordable health insurance to New York’s 500,000 uninsured children, lower the costs of prescription drugs for those without health insurance, and combat rising asthma rates in low-income neighborhoods. "Treatable and preventable childhood illnesses often go undiagnosed in low-income, uninsured families," said Senator Dilan.
Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) has voted in favor of capping New York’s state tax on gasoline to provide immediate and much-needed reductions in pump prices for New Yorkers, while renewing calls for a comprehensive state and national policy to reduce energy consumption and replace fossil fuels in the next ten years. "While capping state taxes on gasoline offers New Yorkers some short-term relief, the bigger issue is fin
Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today praised the Legislature for voting to override Governor Pataki’s veto of $1 billion in tax credits for New York’s working families. Unfortunately, the Governor has threatened to withhold the funds until constitutional issues are resolved. The override restores funds for the newly created Empire State Child Credit, and the School Tax Relief (STAR) Plus Rebate program.
I stand today with my fellow elected officials in the Senate and Assembly to recognize the value and importance of the current generation of immigrants.
As we all know, this country was founded by immigrants and has always been viewed as a beacon of hope and opportunity for individuals and families from around the world. For generations people have come to America to escape persecution, war, and poverty with little more than the hope of creating a better life.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced the elimination of the state sales tax on clothing and shoes priced under $110. The provision to eliminate the tax was included in the $112.4 billion state budget that was passed on March 31st. "Not only were we able to pass the second on-time budget in as many years, but we were also able to include some important and useful components.
State Senator Marin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) recently backed an effort by the Senate Minority Conference to force a vote on a measure that would have allowed pharmacists and registered nurses to dispense emergency contraception without requiring a doctor to write a patient specific prescription. The motion was voted down along party lines. Recognizing the likelihood of delay, the Senate Minority first introd
www.health.state.ny.us.Anyone can enroll as a donor. Medical history and age do not automatically prevent an individual from donating - the suitability of a donor is not determined until the potential donor’s time of death. “There are approximately 300 new transplant candidates added to waiting lists every month. Shortages continue and individuals are left with no alternatives other than waiting and hoping for a match. By designating April as organ donation month, everyone has an opportunity to consider becoming a donor.
State Senator Martin MalavÈ Dilan recently provided individuals who had questions or concerns about their immigration status with an opportunity to speak to a lawyer or counselor and have their questions answered. Senator Dilan worked in conjunction with the North Brooklyn Community Council (NBCC) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide staff offering legal advice, citizenship and naturalization information, as well as assistance to establis
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced a sharp increase in funding for New York City’s schools. In the second on-time budget in a row, the legislature added much need funding to allow New York City to construct new schools and repair existing ones. “Today truly is a great day for New York City school children and their families. For too long students have been forced to learn in overcrowded classrooms with insufficient supplies inside crumbling buildings.
Saying that "the importance of informed food choices and sound eating habits cannot be overemphasized as part of a planned regimen for staying healthy," State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today reminded his constituents that March is National Nutrition Month, and is an ideal time to evaluate their nutritional intake and habits."Eating right, along with being physically active, may be the two greatest factors in living a long and healthy life," said Senator Dilan.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that February is American Heart Month, noting that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans. He said an estimated 1.2 million people will experience either their first or a recurrent heart attack this year. "How fitting it is that during the month that contains the ‘Holiday of the Heart’ - Valentine’s Day - we are reminded of the importance of a healthy heart," Senator Dilan noted.Taking steps toward prevention is the most effective way to avoid the risks associated with heart disease.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced a new charitable program that will help to save the lives of hundreds of abandoned pets. The program sponsored through the pet store chain, PetSmart, will cost nothing -- just a donation of used ink cartridges. Each cartridge sent or brought in will provide $2.00 to PetSmart Charities and go a long way in saving abandoned animals. "This is a very unique and innovative program. We all use printers, whether it be at work or home, and we are left with seemingly useless empty ink cartridges.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that low-income New Yorkers are just a few keystrokes away from getting the help they need to work through legal issues they might encounter. "Lawhelp.org/NY offers New Yorkers referrals to free legal service programs, information about your rights, links to social services and government agencies and information about the court system. The website is the result of the work of several great organizations whose mission is to assist low- and moderate income New Yorkers with legal issues," Senator Dilan said.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D- Brooklyn) today offered some tips to help drivers make it through the winter season accident and incident free. With hazardous road conditions and frigid weather to battle it is important that drivers have the necessary equipment to see them through to safety. "Since we have already had our first winter storm and some significant snowfall it is important to remind people to make sure they have the necessary supplies and knowledge to help us through the winter in New York.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today encouraged his constituents to participate in a number of free classes that are being offered by the Brooklyn Public Library Literacy Program to help further their educational opportunities. There will be classes offered for those preparing for the GED exam as well as English as a Second Language (ESOL) courses.