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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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Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Make Sabotage of Regulated Rentals a Criminal Act

In response to the recent spate of rent regulated building owners  intentionally destroying units in attempts to drive tenants out,   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) have introduced new legislation making the practice a criminal act.

S. 6941 would expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of Sabotage of Rent Regulated Accommodations, a class D felony. Existing tenant protections  prohibit the harassment of rent regulated tenants in an attempt to drive them out. However, the recent rise in intentional destruction of regulated units, and the severity of the damage, are well beyond the scope of current law.

April 14, 2014
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4,268 Pre-K Seats Added for 2014-15 NYC Public School Year

Following the March 31 passage of the State Budget, Mayor de Blasio has announced that more than 4,200 additional full-day pre-kindergarten seats will be available for the 2014-15 school year.

Children born in 2010 who live in New York City are eligible to apply. Enrollment for the seats has been extended to April 23. The Department of Education will notify families off placements in June. To learn more, or apply for public school pre-K options, visit schools.nyc.gov or visit your Borough Enrollment Office.

April 2, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins Transit Workers, Advocates in Opposition of Proposed $40 Million Transit Funding Sweep

Senator Dilan stood with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, advocates, and colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, to demand that the Executive Budget proposal to sweep the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of $40 million in dedicated operating funds be taken off the table.

March 25, 2014
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Affordable Housing for Rent in Bushwick

Brooklyn community district 4 residents have been given preference to 50 percent (50 %) of the 17 new, affordable units available at Knickerbocker Commons. The application deadline is March 31.

Apply online at NYC Housing Connect, or request an application by mail. To request an application by mail, mail a self-addressed envelope to: Knickerbocker Commons, 217 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237.

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Knickerbocker Commons, Bushwick (Brooklyn)

March 24, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins Advocates to Call for 20 MPH Limits, Expanded Enforcement

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan recently joined Families for Safe Streets to speak in support of initiatives and efforts to reduce the spate of deaths at the hands of reckless and dangerous driving in New York City.

March 19, 2014
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Senator Dilan Outlines Transportation Budget Priorities

Senator Dilan delivers his budget priorities during a Monday, March 17, joint conference committee hearing on the proposed transportation budget.

March 18, 2014
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Resolution in City Council Calls for Support of State E-Bike Bill

New York City Council Member Rafael Espinal introduced a resolution in the council calling for support of Senator Dilan’s bill to legalize electric-assisted bicycles.S.390, introduced by Senator Dilan and carried by Assemblymember Gantt, would amend the State Vehicle and Traffic law to include electric assisted bicycles in the definition of bicycles and thus permit their use.

March 13, 2014
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Camera Enforcement of B44 Buss Lanes to Begin March 17

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that camera enforcement of the bus only lanes of the B44 Select Bus Service will beginning Monday, March 17.Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. unauthorized passenger vehicles within dedicated bus lanes on the B44 route will be cited for unauthorized travel in the lanes and fined $115.

March 12, 2014
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GCEF Awards First Round of Small Grants

Attorney General Schneiderman, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Martens and Senator Dilan announced the first series of grants to be awarded through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).

March 10, 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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2014-15 State Budget: CUNY, DREAM Act

Met with CUNY students this morning to discuss inclusion of the DREAM Act, and increasing funding to the Single Stop Community College Initiative, in the 2014-15 state budget.

Single Stop provides comprehensive social, legal and financial services to students at CUNY's six community College - all free to the student. It is an effective and essential service that more than warrants the $1 million funding increase CUNY students are asking the legislature to consider.

I'll advocate for the additional program funding. And this year—like last year, and the years before—I'll continue to call for inclusion of the DREAM Act in the budget.

February 10, 2014
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Free Basic Income Tax Return Preparation

The office of Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, in conjunction with Long Island University Brooklyn, will be providing free income tax preparation. Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will be offering city, state and federal income tax assistance to eligible constituents every Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning February 7, 2014 to April 11, 2014.

Eligibility Requirements:

An annual income of $52,000 or less;
Reside in the 18th Senate District;
Valid photo identification;
W-2 statement, or 1099, any and all supporting documentation including Social Security Card for taxpayer and all dependents.

 

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Tax Preparation English/Spanish

February 3, 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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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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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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