Martin Malavé Dilan's News items

Sen. Dilan Pledges Support Of School Equity During American Education Week

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.

November 22, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Plan To Extend Health Insurance To Uninsured Kids

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.

June 15, 2006

Senator Dilan Supports Cut In State Tax On Gasoline To Provide New Yorkers Relief At The Pumps

          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

June 7, 2006

Statement From Senator Dilan On “A Day Without Immigrants”

 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.

May 1, 2006

Senator Dilan Praises Legislature For Override Of Tax Credit Vetoes

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.

May 1, 2006

Senator Dilan Urges Passage Of Emergency Contraception Legislation To Prevent Unintended Pregnancies

          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

April 18, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Elimination Of Sales Tax On Clothing

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.

April 18, 2006

Senator Dilan Reminds Us April Is Organ Donation Month 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.

April 12, 2006

Senator Dilan Holds Immigration Forum

          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

April 3, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces New Aid For New York City Schools

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.

April 2, 2006

Senator Dilan Notes March Is National Nutrition Month

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.

March 9, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces February Is American Heart Month

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.

February 24, 2006

Donate Used Ink Cartridges To Help Save Homeless Pets

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.

January 26, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Website That Helps Low-income New Yorkers Solve Legal Problems

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. " 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.

January 23, 2006

Senator Dilan Offers Winter Driving Safety Tips

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.

January 20, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Free Educational Opportunities At Brooklyn’s Libraries

          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.

December 1, 2005

Senator Dilan Stresses Importance Of Safeguarding Children During Halloween Festivities

Saying that "the use of common sense and caution will go a long way in keeping our children safe from harm," State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) offered a list of safety tips for parents and children alike who are participating in the upcoming Halloween festivities. "Halloween is one of the favorite times of the year for our kids, and it is also an ideal time to be reminded about some simple rules to ensure their safety," Senator Dilan said."A little caution can keep Halloween an enjoyable time for both parents and their kids." The Brooklyn lawmaker offered the f

October 23, 2005

Senator Dilan Announces Passage Of A New Bill That Will Bring More Affordable Housing To Williamsburg/greenpoint

State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that a new bill that would guarantee affordable housing units be constructed with any new development in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg areas of Brooklyn has passed both the Senate and Assembly. Senator Dilan is a prime co-sponsor of the legislation. "In this bill we have established that any developers in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg development zone must provide for affordable housing units if they wish to receive tax benefits," Senator Dilan stated.

June 14, 2005

Senator Dilan Announces Charity Website

State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced a website whose mission it is to connect people with the charities and causes they care about, and allow them to donate directly to these organizations. The JUSTGIVE.ORG website enables those who would like to donate to charities to do so in a very simple way. "More than a million different charities are accessible through this non-profit organization.

February 15, 2005
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