Comprehensive legislation designed to spur New York’s economy and invest in the future passes Senate and Assembly
Albany—State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) announced that the Senate and Assembly has passed legislation that will help kick start a sluggish economy by providing modest tax relief to the middle class along with financial assistance to victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
Brooklyn—Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) today announced the implementation of “Operation Hang-up” – an initiative created under the leadership of Governor Cuomo to discourage drivers from using their cell phones and other electronic devices while driving this Thanksgiving holiday.
“Driving while using a handheld electronic device is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also illegal,” Senator Dilan explained. “And since Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, we will heighten our enforcement of this law to ensure that our friends and family get to their destinations safely.”
New York could lose billions as a result of automatic cuts
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) expressed his disappointment that the Federal Committee appointed to strike a deficit reduction deal has announced its failure. The committee’s failure to reach an agreement sets in motion an automatic plan to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending beginning in 2013.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the new Lake Champlain Bridge – connecting Crown Point, NY and Addison, VT – will open during a ceremony to be held at 2:30 pm.
“It has been a long two-years for the residents of this upstate New York region as they had to endure the loss of a bridge that serves as a lifeline for businesses and families alike. Thank you to NYS DOT, Governor Cuomo as well as Governor Shumlin of Vermont for their efforts to get the bridge open as quickly as possible,” Senator Dilan said.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), sent a letter to his LATFOR colleagues asking that they make public all criteria necessary for the public to actively engage in the drawing of New York’s Assembly, Congressional and Senate legislative districts.
Upon the conclusion of the pre-initial plan public hearings on October 5, LATFOR will actively begin the process of redistricting state and congressional legislative districts. It is of the utmost importance that public map proposals are submitted and considered during this time.
Urges colleagues to abide by fair standards at task force’s first public meeting
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), urged colleagues to embrace many of the reforms the public has been calling for during the task force’s first public meeting of the 2011- 12 redistricting process.
Yesterday S.1340 passed the Senate unanimously. The bill allows optometrists to issue certificates of disability for visually disabled persons so they may obtain handicap vehicle registrations, plates and permits.
The New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation that would encourage municipalities to consider new street design standards for all users.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee, and a sponsor of the legislation, has been a strong advocate of Complete Streets legislation since introducing it last year.
S.4444-B (Dilan) is on today's rules committee and it expected to be voted on in today’s legislative session. The legislation permits the commissioner of the department of buildings to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy to residential condominiums when the building's owners have partially completed the necessary work to achieve compliance with city building codes.
Senator Dilan' bill, S.1362, that extends the maximum length of single vehicles to forty-five feet, is up for a vote in today's legislative session. Six days of session left in this year's legislative calendar. Watch them at livestream.com/NYSENATE.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Ranking Democrat on LATFOR, Senator Michael Gianaris, and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, were joined by Senate and Assembly Democrats during a recent interactive public forum on redistricting reform.
Speakers include: Citizens Union, Common Cause NY, League of Women Voters of New York, NYPIRG and Andrew BeveridgePh.D, of CUNY.
While in the military, Mr. Leon was awarded numerous medals for his service and achievements. During an overseas military exercise, Mr. Leon suffered burns over 76% of his body while risking his life to save the life of another soldier when a heater exploded in a tent. Doctors thought Mr. Leon’s military career was over. Though he was badly burned, his dedication to this great nation was stronger, and Mr.Leon returned stateside and went on to jump school at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
The Senate today passed two of Senator Dilan’s bills: S. 1316 that closes a loophole in vehicle and traffic law defining highway markings as those that shall not be crossed at any time, even if that driver were accessing their driveway; and S.1348 that addresses the issue of funding to localities for the implementation of interlock devices installed as a condition of sentencing under Leandra’s Law by utilizing county STOP-DWI programs and existing funding mechanism.
“Governor Cuomo’s suspension of the federal Secure Communities program in New York State is welcomed news. This program was a misallocation of resources that did nothing more than needlessly threaten the rights of Brooklyn’s immigrant communities.
"Any program that fails to bring enforcement and immigrant communities to the table to work together only compounds the problems they both face.”
Throughout her career, Barbara Medina has become a voice amongst the voiceless and has shown the value of being an independent woman.
Alongside a successful marketing career, Ms. Medina became an advocate for neglected and abused children and found countless allies in meeting others who have dedicated their lives fighting for abused children. In 2006, Ms. Medina took her advocacy a step further and joined forces with a nonprofit organization named Emergency Rights. She began lobbying for legislation, which today is known as The Nixzmary Brown Law.
Senator Dilan asks Senator Thomas Libous for a explanation of his bill S.1071 before questioning the legislation's ability to restore balance to the state fund dedicated to road and bridge maintenance and construction.