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Cypress Hills Small Business Services Initiative

Senator Dilan,  Assemblyman Dilan and Councilman Espinal are hosting a small business town hall in conjunction with NYC Small Business Solutions and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Learn how to get your small business started and about new opportunities the city and state is proposing to help grown New York’s small businesses.

Thursday, January 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cypress Hill Senior Center, 3208 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11208.

Please Contact Hugo Espinal with any Questions or Comments at (718) 573-1726.

January 27, 2015
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Wage Theft Act Defanged

On January 12, Senator Dilan voted against a measure (S.1319) that severely weakens the ability to investigate and prosecute existing and future complaints of wage theft.Last year amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010 were signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation established increased penalties, required reporting of violations, and gave the Commissioner of Labor the ability and resources to investigate complaints spanning the newly adopted six-year statute of limitations.

January 13, 2015
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Senator Dilan Begins 7th Term

Senator Dilan took the oath of office on Wednesday, January, 7, marking the beginning of the 2015-16 New York State Legislative Session, and his 7th term representing the people of North Brooklyn’s 18th (formerly 17th) Senatorial District.

The 18th Senate District comprise the communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Cypress Hills, City-Line, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Brownsville.

January 8, 2015
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2015-16 New York State Legislative Session

The 2015-16 New York State Legislative session begins at 12 p.m. today. Aside from the administering of oaths, house conference leaders and Senate rules will be voted on today. Before long, the fight for better wages, affordable housing and tenant protections will be underway. And these are but a few of the issues our state and community is facing this year. As legislation, negotiations and debates begin to take shape, be sure to keep in contact here or on facebook, or contact my office directly at dilan@nysenate.gov, (518) 455-2177 (Albany), (718) 573-1726 (Brooklyn).

January 7, 2015
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Drive 25. It's the Law.

Mayor de Blasio signed the bill reducing the city speed limit to 25 mph. The reduced limit, a portion of the larger Vision Zero policy to reduce New York traffic related fatalities, will go into effect November 7. Earlier this year Senator Dilan joined advocates in the push to lower city speed limits after the year began with reckless driving claiming a victim a day.

File: 
Vision Zero Flyer

October 28, 2014
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October 24, 2014
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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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Reclaiming Newtown Creek

Senator Dilan recently joined North Brooklyn Development Corp Executive Director, Richard Mazur and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a canoe tour of Newtown Creek. The club, along with organizations such as the  Java St Community Garden, are stewards of the ongoing remediation of the creek. These groups are host to a number of environemental education projects finaced by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. To learn more about the fund and important projects in Greenpoint, please visit http://www.gcefund.org/.

August 19, 2014
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National Night Out 2014 | Tuesday, August 5

Tuesday, August 5 is the 31st annual National Night Out. The NYPD will host this year’s event at multiple locations throughout the city and district. Come join your neighbors, police, civic organizations and local businesses during the country’s largest anti-crime rally. Stop by for food, entertainment and an opportunity to meet the men and women who keep your neighborhood safe.

August 4, 2014
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Learn to Navigate Your Consumer Debt Case

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.

July 23, 2014
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Greenpoint Tube Closure Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

July 22, 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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Senator Dilan, Local Electeds, Continue Calls to Save Williamsburg Community Center

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.

July 15, 2014
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Public Forum Regarding the Rightsizing of City’s Public Housing

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.

July 14, 2014
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Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 Accepting Apprenticeship Applications Throughout July

The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union 28 AFL-CIO, is looking for qualified applicants for its 5-year program to earn while you learn in a career in the Sheet Metal Industry.

July 11, 2014
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Senator Dilan Rallies for Support of Reforms to Marijuana Decriminalization Laws

Senator Dilan joined sponsor of the “Fairness and Equity Act,” Senator Squadron, elected officials, the Drug Policy Alliance and Vocal NY, among others, to call for comprehensive reforms to address the growing rate of

July 9, 2014
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A Defense for Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products?

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.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Dilan Joins Communities for Change, Workers in Support of #RaiseTheWage

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.

June 18, 2014
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Measure to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking Passes Senate

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.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion

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.

June 6, 2014
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