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.
The New York City Environmental Fund in conjunction with Hudson River Foundation are conducting two workshops to inform potential applicants seeking grants for local environmental projects as part of the continued Newtown Creek cleanup efforts.The $19.5 million local environmental projects fund was established as part of a settlement last year with the ExxonMobil Corporation to augment the cleanup of the millions of gallons of oil released into Newtown Creek beginning in the 1970’s.“These workshops, and fundin
The Mayor has proposed to establish a new category of livery cars that can make on-street pickups outside of Manhattan, much like yellow cabs do. The program aims to improve taxi availability while bringing yellow-taxi-like amenities (e.g., metered fares, credit/debit card payment, easier-to-spot cabs) to the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The City wants to hear from residents about your experiences with taxis and car services and has a developed a brief online survey where your voice can be heard. Click Here to let them know what you think.
“Governor Cuomo’s redistricting proposal is a breath of fresh air.“New York’s redistricting process is undemocratic. The ability to disenfranchise any one-person or community for the sake of political gain with the stroke of a pen is unconscionable.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the controversial road work slated for Monitor Street in Greenpoint has been postponed “indefinitely” by city officials.During a recent town hall meeting hosted by Senator Dilan, New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-33) and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Monitor Street residents raised concerns with regard to the potential loss or damage to property as part of the reconstruction project.“I am thankful that the city has listened to the concerns of the people of Monitor Street,” said Senator Dilan.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) applauded the recent announcement that the proposal to build a 200-bed transitional residence for New York City’s homeless in Greenpoint has been withdrawn by its developers after concerns with the proposal were raised by constituents.“It was never the intent of this facility to assist Greenpoint’s homeless population. Instead, it proposed bringing in 200 homeless men from outside the community,” said Senator Dilan.
In a continuation of his work to reform the redistricting process, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) has been appointed as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment for the Senate Democratic Conference.“The State Senate must remain a bellwether of redistricting reforms in New York. The ability to disenfranchise any one-person or community for the sake of political gain with the stroke of a pen is unconscionable,” said Senator Dilan.