Senator Dilan Encourages Individuals To Utilize The Earned Income Tax Credit

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.

February 8, 2007

Senator Dilan Joins Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil

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.

February 2, 2007

Senator Dilan Applauds Senate And Assembly Override Of Governor’s Medicare Prescription Drug Program

           Senator Martin Malave Dilan, (D-Brooklyn), congratulates the Senate and Assembly on their swift and decisive override of the Governor’s veto of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. 

February 1, 2007

Senator Dilan Criticizes Senate Majority For Defeating Property Tax Relief Amendments

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.

January 29, 2007

Pfizer Plans To Close Brooklyn Manufacturing Plant

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.

January 23, 2007

Push By Senate Democrats To Modify Senate Rules Ends With The Same Old Story

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.

January 22, 2007

Senator Dilan Announces New Leadership Role Within Senate Minority Conference


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.

January 12, 2007

Senator Dilan Responds To Governor Spitzer's State Of The State Address

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.

January 8, 2007

Senator Dilan Reports On Status Of New Voting Machines

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today explained why New York State is behind the rest of the nation in its efforts to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

December 11, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Changes To The United States Citizenship And Immigration Services Citizenship Exam

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.

December 8, 2006

Sen. Dilan Pledges Support Of School Equity During American Education Week

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.

November 22, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Plan To Extend Health Insurance To Uninsured Kids

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.

June 16, 2006

Senator Dilan Supports Cut In State Tax On Gasoline To Provide New Yorkers Relief At The Pumps

          Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) has voted in favor of capping New York’s state tax on gasoline to provide immediate and much-needed reductions in pump prices for New Yorkers, while renewing calls for a comprehensive state and national policy to reduce energy consumption and replace fossil fuels in the next ten years.          "While capping state taxes on gasoline offers New Yorkers some short-term relief, the bigger issue is fin

June 8, 2006

Statement From Senator Dilan On “A Day Without Immigrants”

 I stand today with my fellow elected officials in the Senate and Assembly to recognize the value and importance of the current generation of immigrants.

          As we all know, this country was founded by immigrants and has always been viewed as a beacon of hope and opportunity for individuals and families from around the world.  For generations people have come to America to escape persecution, war, and poverty with little more than the hope of creating a better life.

May 2, 2006

Senator Dilan Praises Legislature For Override Of Tax Credit Vetoes

Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today praised the Legislature for voting to override Governor Pataki’s veto of $1 billion in tax credits for New York’s working families. Unfortunately, the Governor has threatened to withhold the funds until constitutional issues are resolved. The override restores funds for the newly created Empire State Child Credit, and the School Tax Relief (STAR) Plus Rebate program.

May 2, 2006

Senator Dilan Urges Passage Of Emergency Contraception Legislation To Prevent Unintended Pregnancies

          State Senator Marin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) recently backed an effort by the Senate Minority Conference to force a vote on a measure that would have allowed pharmacists and registered nurses to dispense emergency contraception without requiring a doctor to write a patient specific prescription.  The motion was voted down along party lines.          Recognizing the likelihood of delay, the Senate Minority first introd

April 19, 2006

Senator Dilan Announces Elimination Of Sales Tax On Clothing

State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced the elimination of the state sales tax on clothing and shoes priced under $110. The provision to eliminate the tax was included in the $112.4 billion state budget that was passed on March 31st. "Not only were we able to pass the second on-time budget in as many years, but we were also able to include some important and useful components.

April 19, 2006

Senator Dilan Reminds Us April Is Organ Donation Month can enroll as a donor. Medical history and age do not automatically prevent an individual from donating - the suitability of a donor is not determined until the potential donor’s time of death. “There are approximately 300 new transplant candidates added to waiting lists every month. Shortages continue and individuals are left with no alternatives other than waiting and hoping for a match. By designating April as organ donation month, everyone has an opportunity to consider becoming a donor.

April 13, 2006

Senator Dilan Holds Immigration Forum

          State Senator Martin MalavÈ Dilan recently provided individuals who had questions or concerns about their immigration status with an opportunity to speak to a lawyer or counselor and have their questions answered.          Senator Dilan worked in conjunction with the North Brooklyn Community Council (NBCC) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide staff offering legal advice, citizenship and naturalization information, as well as assistance to establis

April 4, 2006