State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center will receive a $204,805 grant from the State Department of Health in support of school-based health clinics, which provide on-site health care services free of charge to students at their local school.“We have seen report after report about the dangers today’s children face when it comes to obesity, asthma and other problems,” Dilan said. “There is no better place to combat these health care issues that affect our children than in our schools.
Senator Dilan has co-sponsored a bill that Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) introduced that aims to curb the rampant tax breaks given to developers who have no intention of providing the affordable housing units within their buildings.
“The 421-a tax abatement program was originally established to help spur development in New York City when it was struggling financially in the 1970s.
In recognition of National Safety Month, observed annually each June, State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today reminded New York parents and guardians that young children are especially vulnerable to accidental poisonings, though not necessarily from toxic chemicals that conjure up a skull and crossbones image. "The average home is full of items that can poison a child," said Senator Dilan. "Some of them are self-evident — roach spray and rat poison. But others are more surprising, such as furniture polish, mouthwash, and windshield washer fluid.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced the completion of an historic state budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. This year’s budget, Governor Spitzer’s first as New York’s Chief Executive, set state spending at just over $121 billion while setting a new standard of fiscal responsibility. “In this year’s budget we were able to accomplish and fund programs at levels we have never seen before.
In May 2005 Congress passed the "Real ID Act," which requires states to issue federally approved licenses or identification (ID) cards to those who live and work in the United States starting in May 2008.
State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is urging those involved in the rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center on or after September 11, 2001 to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board by Tuesday, August 14th."September 11, 2001 was a day of horrific loss," Senator Dilan said. "But on that day, and in the days that followed, there was an outpouring of resolve to bring closure to a grieving city, be it through rescue, recovery or cleanup.
Today State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced his opposition to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) plan to increase the fee for starting the naturalization process to become a citizen of the United States. Under this proposal, USCIS’ fees will go up from $400 to $675, an increase of 69% with the expectation they will go into effect in June. “It cost legal permanent residents $90 to file their applications in 1991 and now they are forcing residents to pay $675 to file.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today condemned a plan by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to sell the Moore Street Market at 110 Moore Street in Brooklyn. Tenants have been told they have to leave by June 15th in order to make room for new housing development. “I am outraged by EDC’s failure to inform the public and listen to what the public has to say about this issue. This market has consistently been a cornerstone of the community since it opened.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan announced a tax saving opportunity for New Yorkers known as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a tax benefit offered by the federal government that is meant to assist low- and middle-income working families. “This tax benefit is a chance for the hardest working families right here in New York to put significant money back into their pockets.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced that he has joined with the allied co-plaintiffs of Riverkeeper, local activists, and other elected officials in moving forward with new action against ExxonMobil over the 17 million gallon Greenpoint Oil Spill. This new action is in regard to chemicals that ExxonMobil is discharging into Newtown Creek without permits required by the Federal Clean Water Act. “It is a shame this litigation has been going on for this long. For 50 years my constituents in Greenpoint have been living on top of a toxic oil spill.
Saying "too many New Yorkers are being priced out of their homes because of skyrocketing property taxes," State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today expressed his disappointment that the SenateMajority defeated two amendments that would have strengthened their property tax proposal. Senator Dilan said he and his SenateMinority colleagues have tried for years to address the growing burden of property taxes.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today learned that Pfizer, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, is planning to close the doors to a longstanding Brooklyn manufacturing facility. Plans call for the relocation of 90 positions in 2007 and the phase out of all remaining positions in 2007 and into 2008. "This is a major blow to the Brooklyn community. Pfizer’s facility has provided 600 jobs for the residents of this community.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced that during session in Albany on Tuesday January 16, 2007 the SenateMinority Conferenceattempted to put forth a rules reform package that would bring real changes to the way the State Senate operates. “What we are trying to do is give the citizens that live in districts like mine, districts represented by Members of the Senate Minority, the same voice and resources that are afforded to the rest of the state.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced his new appointment as Chair of the SenateMinority Conference. In this new capacity Senator Dilan will be the third most powerful Democrat in the Senate.
“I am honored to have been chosen by Senator Malcolm Smith, the newly elected Minority Leader, and my colleagues to serve as Chair of theMinority Conference. I look forward to working with each of my fellow Senators to advance a forward thinking and effective agenda,” Senator Dilan said.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today responded to Governor Eliot Spitzer's very first State of the State address in his new capacity as New York State's Chief Executive. "Governor Spitzer's first State of the State address was a clear indication that he has every intention of keeping his campaign promises to bring sweeping government reform and full blown economic revitalization to the entire state. His ambitious agenda is one that I look forward to working with him on to achieve," Senator Dilan said.
As of 2008, the U.S. citizenship exam, taken by all new immigrants who are vying to become naturalized, will be significantly altered. According to the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), all questions on the exam have been revamped in an attempt to move away from overly-simplistic, easily memorized, trivia-esque answers, to ones that require deeper understanding of the history, institutions, and values of the U.S.A. Ultimately, the goal is to develop questions which will reflect knowledge more relevant to true U.S.
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.
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.