The New York State Commercial Goods Industry Fair Play Act, co-sponsored by Senator Dilan, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.The legislation resolves the misclassification of commercial truck drivers, who are often listed a an "independent contractors" even though they are employed by a single commercial goods transportation company.
The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund has provided the following timeline as it continues its efforts to secure environmental improvements in Greenpoint. For full program information, including upcoming community meetings, guidance on applying for grants and other updates, visit gcefund.org.
October 16, 2013
Issuance of request for proposals for Small grants (<$25K) and request for pre-proposals for Large (>$25 K to $2 M) and Legacy (>$2 M) grants. (Opening date for submitting Small grant proposals/Large and Legacy grant pre-proposals).
October 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
On-going prospective applicant support (workshops, webinars, one-on-one consultations, etc.).
On September 25, Greenpointers will have the opportunity to learn more about local environmental improvement grants made available through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and how the program is proposed to work. Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to learn about similar environmental improvement projects, and offer their opinions on how best as a community we can implement similar improvements to Greenpoint.
As the result of a 2010 settlement between New York State and Exxon Mobil, the $19.5 million Fund was created to make new environmental investments in Greenpoint.
MTA Adds Bus Service, Suspends Other Construction During Closures
Last month Senator Dilan joined a working group of 17 elected officials, the Riders Alliance and the Straphangers Campaign to present the MTA with a list of suggestions for plans to accommodate riders while repairs to the R and G lines were made.
Senator Dilan joined Senator Squadron, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance to announce a G train Full Line Review that proposes major improvements to the line.
In January Sens. Dilan and Squadron asked for a review of the line to address a recent uptick in ridership and suggestions for better service. The MTA has proposed a plan that includes increased service during rush hour, service and station upgrades.
Even before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, there had been talks of bifurcating New York. From every end of the state from Long Island to Buffalo, through the Civil War, to the 1960’s and again in the 2000’s, it has come up time and time again, in various forms and proposals with support from either side of the aisle. Tomorrow it will again be before the Senate Elections Committee.
S. 4051 would allow individual counties to place an initiative on their ballot to poll their citizens as to whether they support the division of New York into two separate states.
Master Sergeant (MSgt.) Zulma L. Novoa is a United States Air Force Health Service Management Craftsman, currently serving with the 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, New Jersey.MSgt. Novoa enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve in 2001 and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.