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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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Court of Appeals Nominee, Sheila Abdus-Salaam Moves Through Judiciary Committee

Today Senator Dilan joined with his colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee to unanimously accept Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam to fill a vacancy in the Court of Appeals.

Justice Abdus-Salaam is expected to come before the Senate for a full vote on Monday, May 6. Once confirmed, Justice Abdus-Salaam will be the first African-American woman to serve on the state’s highest court.

April 30, 2013
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Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse

Senator Dilan recently toured Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse to take a closer look at the great work EcoStation:NY and Bushwick Campus Farms are doing in the community. The campus farm and greenhouse are working models of sustainable urban agriculture and serve as both an agricultural education facility and as a source of some of the locally-grown, organic produce sold at 5 markets throughout Bushwick.Thanks to Bushwick Campus Farms for the opportunity.

April 26, 2013
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re: Collapsed Factory Building in Bangladesh

The recent tragedy in a Bangladesh garment factory raises serious concerns about working conditions there, the general safety of the workforce, as well as our responsibilities as consumers.

As Americans and New Yorkers, we have a responsibility and duty to protect against unsafe working conditions here at home and put an end to tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. Abroad, basic workplace protections we have worked hard to secure here, are lax, if nonexistent. While we may not play a direct role in securing similar protections  that could have prevented today’s tragedy in Bangladesh, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a voice or a responsibility to demand action.

April 24, 2013
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Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse Annual Earth Week Celebration

Senator Dilan will be a guest of honor at Bushwick Campus Farms & Greenhouse’s annual Earth Week Celebration. Stop by and see the great work EcoStation:NY and Bushwick Campus Farms are doing in the community from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., this Thursday, April 25. There will be gardening seminars, demonstrations and entertainment.

Founded by EcoStation:NY and the four schools of Bushwick Campus, the campus farm and greenhouse are working models of sustainable urban agriculture.

April 23, 2013
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Earth Day: Senator Dilan Adds His Name in Support of Environmental Bills

Today Senator Dilan co-sponsored three environmental “super bills” in hopes they soon see action in the Senate. The bills are critically important to protecting and preserving New York’s natural resources for future generations, and are touted as high priority for environmentalists throughout the state.

April 22, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 18

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 18th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Zavean Cruz

April 17, 2013
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4:33 A.M., Senate Session has Adjourned.

Not including funding for the Dream Act in the State Budget is a disservice to thousands of New Yorkers who wish to realize the American Dream and work to ensure that future generations can and will lay the foundations for a long and prosperous life. Any education spending plan without Dream Act funding is a no vote. An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. But a minimum wage increase not indexed to the rate of inflation is an arbitrary number. The fight for a fair, livable wage is far from over. I voted no.

March 27, 2013
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Legislative Update

I spoke with Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Homeownership Director, Lisa Maldonado for this week's Legislative Update.

March 22, 2013
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UJO of Williamsburg Passover Preparations

Senator Dilan pitched in over the weekend to help Rabbi David Niederman and the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg distribute food in preparation for Passover next week.

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March 18, 2013
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Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Winners

NY State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan rallied with G train riders in Williamsburg last month. Their efforts resulted in an MTA decision to conduct a full review of the G train.

Read more at Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

February 27, 2013
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S. 392 Sponsored by Senator Dilan is on Today's Active List

S. 392, sponsored by Senator Dilan is on today's active list. The bill allows for county and local highway departments to rent road machinery to other municipalities, school districts and local college and universities, thereby reducing costs to taxpayers.Senate session is scheduled for 3 p.m. today. Watch it live at livestream.com/NYSENATE.

February 27, 2013
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'Guns for Greatness,' which would offer Beyonce tickets to those turning in firearms, gets endorsement of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes and TV host Nick Cannon

State Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), who has sponsored past gun-buyback programs, said Williams’ proposal “is definitely a good idea.”Read more at New York Daily News.

February 27, 2013
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Property, School Tax Credit Assistance

On Saturday, Feb 23, Senator Martin Malave Dilan's office will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., to assist district seniors who wish to file IT-214 and NYC-210 tax credit forms.

IT-214 is a real property tax credit for homeowners and renters. You must have an income under $18,000, a home with a market value of $85,000 or less or a rent of $450 or less. You can even get this tax credit retroactively for the last three years.

February 14, 2013
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Knickerbocker Ave M Station Reopen, Rehabilitation Complete

Senator Dilan recently joined MTA New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast to formally unveil the newly refurbished Knickerbocker Avenue M Line Station on Myrtle Avenue. The station was closed from August 18, 2012 to February 8, 2013 for rehabilitation.

The Knickerbocker Avenue M Station rehabilitation is one of a handful of upgrades the MTA has completed, and one of many slated for completion this year. These are necessary upgrades and I commend the MTA and Interim President Thomas Prendergast for recognizing a need and delivering for the riders of the M Line. I look forward to working with stakeholders and the MTA as more of these service restorations and upgrades are completed. 

February 11, 2013
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Lawmakers: G Train Riders Deserve Better Service

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two New York State senators called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Sunday to undertake a review of G train service in Brooklyn and Queens.Sens. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan) and Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) said Sunday that despite the booming growth of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn and southwest Queens along the G train line, frequency and rider communication have failed to keep up.

More from CBS New York...

From El Diario...Demandan mejoras en servicio del tren G

January 28, 2013
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Martin Luther King Jr.

"Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us remember that much of Dr. King's message of peace, equality and justice for, and among every American, is a mark we continue to strive for.

"Whether we seek to remedy racial, social or economic inequalities, Martin Luther King reminded us that 'all life is interrelated, and all men are interdependent,' and that only together, working for one another, will we truly have justice and equality for all."

January 21, 2013
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New York City School Bus Strike Underway, DOE Provides Information Online for Students and Parents

In a recently mailed letter to parents regarding school bus driver strikes, the NYC Department of Education has provided a list of online resources for students and parents.

Information regarding, affected routes, MetroCards, reimbursements, and online curriculum for students who may miss classes, has been made available.

January 16, 2013
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