At the height of the recession in 2008, more than 300,000 consumer debt lawsuits were filed in New York City courts. Although the economy has improved, nearly 100,000 debt suits were filed in 2013. The majority of defendants in consumer suits are minorities or senior citizens living below the poverty level. Nearly all cannot afford a lawyer and end up in court uninformed.
MTA to add bus service, suspend other construction during closure
At 11 p.m., Friday, July 25 the Greenpoint Tube will close as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority repairs damage to the tunnel and G Line sustained during Superstorm Sandy. The scheduled repairs will be completed and service will be restored on Tuesday, September 2 at 5 a.m.
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.
Senator Dilan recently joined North Brooklyn officials, children and seniors, on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to preserve a community asset at 211 Ainslie Street in Williamsburg.
Advocates and officials are supporting a plan to purchase the building so the senior and children services that the community center has provided for more than 40 years can continue. Without additional city capital, a senior center, daycare and universal Pre-K programs—already funded through the city—will be lost if the building’s owners move forward with a plan to redevelop the site.
Borough President Eric Adams is hosting a forum on the “rightsizing” policy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Wednesday July 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Borough Hall.
Tenants will have the opportunity to hear from HPD Commissioner Vicki Been and local stakeholders on the departments ongoing efforts to address the overcrowding of NYCHA units, and the under-occupation of others.
It’s being reported that interests opposed to a bill banning the use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products are pressing hard for the bill’s defeat. The Child Safe Product Act has 40 sponsors in the Senate, including myself. Already passed in the Assembly, the legislation would require manufacturers to phase out certain chemicals used in children's products—such as arsenic, lead and mercury.
The legislation targets the influx of products manufactured in China that contain these, and many hazardous chemicals. However, chemical manufactures are arguing that banning the use of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals in children’s toys will impact their bottom line.
I’ve been waiting 2 years to vote AYE on the bill.
Senator Dilan recently joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York Communities for Change and hundreds of workers in the Capitol in support of Senate Democratic Conference efforts to #RaiseTheWage to $10.10.
The increased minimum wage would be tied to the consumer price index and give localities the ability to adjust wages by as much as 30 percent, for regional markets.
Senator Dilan speaks in support of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S.5879B). The legislation will improve New York State’s efforts to end human trafficking by enhancing protections of trafficking victims and strengthen penalties against traffickers. Senator Dilan is a co-sponsor of the legislation that passed the Senate unanimously.
The New York State Senate honored World War II veterans by adopting a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II.
As the 2014 state legislative session winds down, the Senate Democratic Conference is making the case for a local minimum wage option. On Monday, June 2, the Democratic Conference released a detailed report showcasing the financial benefits of allowing local governments the ability to adjust wages to an appropriate regional standard. Senators who support the bill, including Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, would like to stop the endless penny-pinching, make-ends-meet cycle for New York’s minimum wage workforce. They called upon the Senate Republican/IDC coalition to help push the legislation through as soon as possible.
Included Report Details Benefits of Minimum Wage Increases to New York’s Diverse Economies
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan recently joined with members of the Senate Democratic Conference to urge passage of legislation that would authorize localities to establish a minimum wage tailored to the state’s unique regional economies.
Illegal aliens will get a free ride to college with American citizens tax dollars. According to the New York State Youth Leadership Council, this is a DREAM Act myth. The misconception is one of the many reasons why the New York State Senate Democratic Conference decided to hold a forum to promote and dispel inaccurate information about this legislation.
Please welcome Lolita Avila, the summer intern at Senator Dilan’s Albany office for the remainder of the legislative session.
Ms. Avila is a senior at the College of Saint Rose in Albany majoring in communications with a minor in Spanish. A Bushwick native, she is the Chapter President of the Delta Epsilon Lota Academic Honor Society and a member of the local community group, Knights of Service.
Ms. Avila will be covering the legislative process, from motions in committee to action on the Senate floor, and sharing her experiences, opinions and thoughts online at dilan.nysente.gov.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan joined Senate Democratic Conference colleagues during a public forum on the New York State DREAM Act.
Students and fiscal and educational experts were called upon to comment on the proposed legislation that will provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth as they seek to attend higher education institutions. Forum participants discussed the financial and educational benefits of enacting the DREAM Act in New York.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan and Senate colleagues joined with women’s rights advocates to call on the Senate Coalition to pass the full Women’s Equality Act (WEA). Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not been brought before the Senate for a vote. Recently, the full Women’s Equality Act legislation was introduced in the Senate alongside a letter to Senate leaders urging immediate action.
Staff Sergeant Charles A. Johnson is a true American hero, described as a soldier’s soldier with a passion to serve his community and country.
Sergeant Johnson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 18, 1950; he is the fourth of twelve children and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, at the age of 19. In 1969, he enlisted in the United States Army so that he could protect his fellow citizens. He completed basic and advanced training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, five months later.
Senator Dilan has amended his initial proposal to allow the City of New York to establish speed limits as low as 20 mph, after the families of those lost to reckless driving, advocates and city officials agreed to stand behind a 25 mph proposal. A resolution in the City Council sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield, affirming city-wide support of the agreed upon 25 mph legislation and urging the State Legislature to act on the measure, was approved overwhelmingly.
Helene Leonardi is a renowned sculptor and folk-pop artist residing in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1982, Ms. Leonardi and her husband moved to Brooklyn, where she began her professional art career. Her sculptures have been exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout New York City and can be found in many collections abroad. After nearly two decades of success, she began to share her skill and knowledge through art programs at local organizations and schools.