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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed the most comprehensive gun control legislation in the country. The NY Safe Act was passed with unanimous support from the Democratic Conference and included multiple pieces of legislation previously sponsored by Democratic Senators.
“Following the recent tragedies in Webster, New York and Newtown, Connecticut, New Yorkers made it clear that the time to enact common-sense gun measures had come. With the passage of this comprehensive legislative package, New York is now the national standard in the continued fight to protect the public from the scourge of gun violence,” said Senator Dilan.
“Governor Cuomo has put forth an exciting, challenging and progressive agenda for 2013.
"Whether it is an additional $1 billion (14,000 units) in new affordable housing, increasing the State’s minimum wage, pay equity for women and a reproductive health act, to campaign finance and common-sense gun measures that address both illegal, and high-capacity weapons, Governor Cuomo’s message was inspiring.
"I look forward to working with him to ensure that our shared goals become a reality in my home district of North Brooklyn and throughout New York State."
Thanks to the continued diligence of the NYPD and King’s County District Attorney Charles Hynes, 41 members of the TBO gang are facing lengthy jail sentences stemming from a two-year spree of crimes in Bushwick and neighboring communities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new analysis indicating that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year.
The updated 2011 data show the downward trend in recent years represent a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005.
Unfortunately, the same report cited an 8.7 percent increase in cyclist deaths and pedestrian deaths increasing by 3 percent.
The registration deadline for FEMA assistance for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties affected by Hurricane Sandy has been extended to January 28, 2013.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster, are eligible.