Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is urging New Yorkers who regularly travel outside the United States to apply for an Enhanced Driver License (EDL).
As of June 1, 2009, the federal Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires an EDL, or other federal identification papers, for travel into the country by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Acting Commissioner Gee briefed members of the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation on June 2, 2009 regarding the implementation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded projects in New York.
Julie Dent, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is the proud mother of New York City Police Officer Christopher Dent. She loves spending quality time with her grandchildren. Julie's father passed away when she was very young. He was a loving, strong but gentle man who loved his wife and children. Julie enjoyed growing up with her sisters and brothers, who were her best friends.
(Albany, NY)—Today legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, passed the Senate, making an emergency responders job easier when it comes to clearing accident debris.
Senate bill, S5174, brings New York in line with similar provisions in other states that relieves police officers, emergency responders and those who act pursuant to their direction, such as tow truck operators, from liability when removing vehicles and accident debris from highways.
Legislation will help redevelopment efforts of distressed communities
Today the New York State Senate passed legislation strengthening a 2006 community redevelopment program.
The Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), S2960-B, sponsored by Senator Valesky, augments the existing state program to bring New York State in line with 30 other states with successful programs. The changes will allow the state to target reinvestment to distressed communities, as determined by the U.S. Census.
Senator Dilan speaks on the enactment of legislation that extends unemployment insurance benefits for more than 120,000 New Yorkers, of which were approximately 56,000 whose benefits were set to expire in late May. The legislation gives New York access to $645 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) aid. The money will extend unemployment benefits by an additional 13 weeks.
I am elated to hear Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor has a well-deserved reputation as an intuitive, inspiring and just jurist. She has risen from her humble roots in the Bronx, to become a well-known, respected facet of the United States Court of Appeals these last ten years. I look forward to her continued service and success upon confirmation as the first Latina in history named to the Supreme Court.
This has been a year of sacrifice for all of us. But countless others before us have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. It’s important to remember these brave men and women as we unofficially welcome summer in the company of friends, family and loved ones. I wish you and yours a safe holiday and extend a heartfelt thank you to all those that serve in our Armed Forces. Come home safe.
Helps to maintain prescription coverage despite loss of job
(Albany, NY)—Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is spreading the word of yet another prescription assistance program, this time by the graces of private industry.
Pfizer Inc., recently announced that it will help families who have lost health insurance maintain access to any Pfizer drugs prescribed to them at no cost. The new program, Medicines Assistance for Those who Are in Need (MAINTAIN), gives access to Pfizer medicines for free to eligible unemployed Americans and their families.
In these rough economic times, I am committed to helping all my constituents preserve their homes, cut costs and save money. Please join me on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 10am at the Cypress Hills/East New York Homeowner Fair at I.S. 302, 350 Linwood Street, between Atlantic and Liberty Avenues. The Homeowner Fair will provide you with information, applications, workshops and “hands on” assistance for tapping into:
Congratulations to all college students who graduated last weekend.You are New York’s future and before long it will be you guiding this state to a new era. Good luck to you all. May you meet all your goals and achieve all your hopes and aspirations.
Senate Legislation, Sponsored by Senator Dilan, Bolsters Safety Measures at New York City Intersections
(Albany, NY)—Legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) passed the Senate, authorizing New York City to increase the number of red light cameras at intersections as part of a larger statewide initiative.