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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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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Networking Event

Interested in working on a project proposal for Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund? Have a project idea?

On November 7, community members who may have similar project ideas, as well as technical experts who have know-how to implement your project, will meet for a GCEF networking event.

Turn your good idea into a project for improving Greenpoint's environment. Register online.

 

 

November 6, 2013
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Senator Dilan, Assemblyman Espinal Join Cypress Hills Local Development Corp., Students, Parents and Teachers in Opposition of Proposed I.S. 171 Co-Location

#NoColocation

Today Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) and Assemblyman Rafael Espinal (D-54th Kings) joined Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. (CHLDC), teachers and parents of I.S. 171 to protest the Department of Education's (DOE) decision to co-locate another middle school within the Cypress Hills school.

October 28, 2013
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GCEF Updates and Program Timeline

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund has provided the following timeline as it continues its efforts to secure environmental improvements in Greenpoint. For full program information, including upcoming community meetings, guidance on applying for grants and other updates, visit gcefund.org.

October 16, 2013

Issuance of request for proposals for Small grants (<$25K) and request for pre-proposals for Large (>$25 K to $2 M) and Legacy (>$2 M) grants.  (Opening date for submitting Small grant proposals/Large and Legacy grant pre-proposals).

October 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013

On-going prospective applicant support (workshops, webinars, one-on-one consultations, etc.).

October 11, 2013
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Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Meeting

Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

On September 25, Greenpointers will have the opportunity to learn more about local environmental improvement grants made available through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and how the program is proposed to work. Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to learn about similar environmental improvement projects, and offer their opinions on how best as a community we can implement similar improvements to Greenpoint.

As the result of a 2010 settlement between New York State and Exxon Mobil, the $19.5 million Fund was created to make new environmental investments in Greenpoint.

September 23, 2013
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Progress on Plans to Accommodate Riders During R and G Train Tunnel Closures

MTA Adds Bus Service, Suspends Other Construction During Closures

Last month Senator Dilan joined a working group of 17 elected officials, the Riders Alliance and the Straphangers Campaign to present the MTA with a list of suggestions for plans to accommodate riders while repairs to the R and G lines were made.

July 19, 2013
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G Line Review Requested by Sens. Dilan and Squadron Lands Station, Service Improvements

Senator Dilan joined Senator Squadron, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance to announce a G train Full Line Review that proposes major improvements to the line.

In January Sens. Dilan and Squadron asked for a review of the line to address a recent uptick in ridership and suggestions for better service. The MTA has proposed a plan that includes increased service during rush hour, service and station upgrades.

Read the full report at mta.info.

 

July 15, 2013
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Senate Transporation Committee Vets MTA Chair, CEO Nominee Prendergast

R & G line tunnel repairs and closures? Fare increases? 2nd Ave. access? Planned station improvements? The MTA's real-estate holdings?

Listen in as MTA Chairman & Chief Executive Officer nominee, Thomas F. Prendergast addresses these and more questions before the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation.

 

June 20, 2013
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Shape-up Bushwick

Senator Dilan and Community Board 4 sponsored this year’s 8th annual, Shape-Up Bushwick.

The event is held each year on Brooklyn Queens Day to promote healthy food choices and exercise in the community. This year’s events included a parade, Yoga, Zumba and aerobic exercise demonstrations.

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June 6, 2013
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Poll: Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?

Even before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, there had been talks of bifurcating New York. From every end of the state from Long Island to Buffalo, through the Civil War, to the 1960’s and again in the 2000’s, it has come up time and time again, in various forms and proposals with support from either side of the aisle. Tomorrow it will again be before the Senate Elections Committee.

S. 4051 would allow individual counties to place an initiative on their ballot to poll their citizens as to whether they support the division of New York into two separate states.

June 4, 2013
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Zulma L. Novoa

Master Sergeant (MSgt.) Zulma L. Novoa is a United States Air Force Health Service Management Craftsman, currently serving with the 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, New Jersey.MSgt. Novoa enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve in 2001 and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

May 19, 2013
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Women's Equality Agenda

Today Senator Dilan joined Senate colleagues and women’s groups to call for a Senate vote on Governor Cuomo’s 10 point Women’s Equality Agenda before close of session.

May 15, 2013
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Evelyn Cardona

Evelyn Cardona has dedicated her life to empowering and educating victims of domestic violence. 

A survivor of domestic violence, Ms. Cardona is founder and executive director of the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence. Under her guidance and leadership, the organization provides services to nearly 800 Brooklyn families annually. 

A staunch advocate, Ms. Cardona is also the assistant program director of Urban Women’s Retreat, one of New York City’s largest domestic violence shelter providers under the Urban Resource Institute. In this capacity she provides emergency domestic violence shelter placement to victims of domestic violence. 

May 13, 2013
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Senator Dilan’s “Right Church, Wrong Pew” Election Bill Among Governor’s Reform Package

Senator Dilan’s “Expanded Right Church, Wrong Pew” bill is among Governor Cuomo’s recently unveiled reforms to reduce corruption and reform New York’s electoral process.

S.420, would require the counting of affidavit ballots cast by voters who appear at a polling place in the wrong election district but within the proper county.

Under existing law, election inspectors are required to offer an affidavit ballot if a voter’s name does not appear on the election district’s rolls. Often, the ballots are not counted because the voters cast them in the wrong polling location.

May 2, 2013
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Transportation Committee Hearing on Intoxicated School Bus Drivers

Today I joined Committee Chair Senator Fuschillo, and members of the Senate Transportation Committee to hear from a number of speakers on what New York should do to address recent incidents of school bus operators driving while intoxicated.

Last October, a school bus carrying 5 children drove into a Syosset home. The driver pled guilty to aggravated DWI charges.

How common are these occurrences? Do we need to strengthen pupil transportation laws? Should school buses be equipped with ignition interlocks? Therese are a few of the questions, and topics for this morning’s hearing.

What do you think?dilan@nysenate.gov.

 

 

May 2, 2013
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