Senator Dilan Earns Highest Mark in 2016 Environmental Scorecard, Voter’s Guide
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan was recently named among 15 New York State Senators earning the highest scores in a recent statewide environmental scorecard and voter’s guide.
This year’s EPL/Environmental Advocates 2016 Environmental Scorecard reviewed and weighed the voting records and legislative action of every legislator in New York State. Those deemed “ready to act to protect our communities, environment, and economy,” received the highest marks.
“Being born in Williamsburg and having grown up in Bushwick, I have a unique perspective on the environment and its importance. Simply stated, North Brooklyn is a victim of a century of industrial negligence and lax oversight. I have made every effort to correct that and I remain committed to standing by each and every community in New York State that finds itself a victim of pollution,” said Senator Dilan.
The EPL/Environmental Advocates 2016 Environmental Scorecard tallies scores based on votes on a wide range of bills. Scores are heavily influenced by a legislator’s support for Environmental Advocates of New York so called Super Bills, the most pressing environmental priorities for the legislature.
Senator Dilan co-sponsored both of this year’s Super Bills, the Child Safe Products Act and a measure to close New York’s Hazardous Waste Loophole. Senator Dilan also voted in favor of each of the advocates’ bills designated as having a positive impact on the environment. Among those bills was a measure to lift the statute of limitations for people exposed to Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Hoosick Falls to bring personal injury action.
Senator Dilan also voted against bills designated as having a negative environmental impact, including a measure to gut New York City’s plastic bag fee.
In recognition of his long-standing commitment to environmental causes, Senator Dilan has been officially endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters in this year’s election. The New York League of Conservation Voters is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action.
EPL/Environmental Advocates -- an arm of Environmental Advocates of New York -- was formed in 1969 as one of the first organizations in the nation to advocate for the future of the state’s environment and the health of its citizens. Every year it publishes the annual legislative scorecard and environmental voter guide.
1199 SEIU Endorses Brooklyn Democrat Martin Dilan
Citing Senator Dilan's long-standing commitment to workers’ rights and progressive causes, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, New York’s largest Union, announced its endorsement of New York State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan in the Democratic Primary for North Brooklyn’s 18th Senate District.
“Every year of Senator Dilan’s tenure in the Senate he has stood with our members and been a dedicated advocate for everything from the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave and healthcare, to greater environmental protections and election reforms,” said Helen Schaub, 1199SEIU vice president for policy and legislation.
More than 22,000 1199SEIU members filled out surveys to create their “1199 Action Platform.” The platform represents the core values that members are fighting for in New York State and beyond, including good jobs, economic and environmental justice, and quality healthcare. 1199SEIU members will be working alongside Senator Dilan and other endorsed candidates for a state and nation that works for working people, with fairness, security and dignity for all.
“I’m proud to have the support of 1199SEIU and their incredibly committed members. Year after year I have had the pleasure of working with 1199SEIU on matters of critical importance to our quality of healthcare and workplace protections. But 1199SEIU members have always looked beyond their industry to matters important to all working people and our state as a whole. I am happy to stand with them in our fight to improve healthcare in our communities, preserve affordable housing, protect tenants, improve access to education and protect our environment,” said Senator Dilan.
1199SEIU is the largest union in New York State and the largest healthcare worker union in the nation. They represent over 220,000 nurses and healthcare workers in New York City, more than 250,000 members in New York State, and over 400,000 total members along the East Coast.
Kings County Politics: "How would you, if elected, decrease this rate of poverty for Bushwick with constituency services and legislation?"
By Andrea Karshan | Kings County Politics
KCP listed the following factoid and then posed the following question to both candidates:
Knowing that Bushwick has historically been an area with one of the highest concentrations of children born into poverty in Brooklyn, how would you, if elected, decrease this rate of poverty for Bushwick with constituency services and legislation?
Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan: “Poverty is a circumstance of long-lasting and systemic issues that extend through generations throughout Brooklyn and the nation. It’s better today than it was in the 1970s, but it remains a reality for far too many. To change that reality we need a holistic, generational approach that deals with quality of life as it relates to the entire community, man, woman and child, from birth to retirement.
“I found my start in public service as someone who wanted to improve local educational opportunities bringing new schools to the community. I have persistently fought for school reforms and new programs such as Community Schools. I was proud when the Senate added $175 million to this year’s budget for these schools. We’re shaping the educational experience to the realities and resources within communities. We’re looking to teach an entire generation using academics, social services and community engagement through a lens of real-world application of learning and community service. By design, this model will impact larger issues of the community both in the context of learning and influence; and extend from the student, to the family and community organizations. The entire population, from kindergartner to retiree, documented or not, is represented in this community-building process. Everyone, man, woman and child, will play a part and make an impact.
“Neighborhood partnerships will be vastly expanded as a result of this ground up approach. As they do, government will have a better sense of where new economic opportunities can be had. No one can doubt, that with the loss of the middle class and the work opportunities that made Brooklyn what it is, came the scale of poverty we know today. More people come, and no new opportunities spring up. We need to turn our focus to giving people the opportunities to afford, rather than solely rely on giving them homes they can afford or money to afford them. Both these are important, but they are by no means a solution. They are remedies, vastly outpaced by need and economic realities.
“We need to invest in job opportunities. We need to attract new businesses and industries that produce Brooklyn products, and employ Brooklynites. People need work in industries and services that provide stable employment and good wages; men and women need to be paid equally, and families need the time and resources to grow and flourish. We need to help our current businesses remain competitive, and look to affordable community-commercial spaces and opportunities. People need to see opportunities, see success, to know they are out there. The Brooklyn brand has never been stronger and I will continue to sell it everywhere I go.
“Not only do our families need job opportunities they need affordable and reliable transportation to get them to work. That is why I have continually advocated for the full funding of the MTA’s capital plan and pushed for improved service throughout North Brooklyn.
“Much of these programs will begin to have an impact on our underlying societal issues, such as crime and our criminal justice system as it stands today. We’ll be in a better position to address the criminal and societal circumstances of crime; end the court-ascribed purgatory of jail time for minor offenses, or extended prison stays while waiting for trial. We won’t have to close prisons, or build new ones. They’ll begin to close themselves, the result of tailoring our system to our unique communities; the same way our learning will be tailored to our community. And the money we save can be invested into early education and an actual correctional-minded justice system.
“In the Senate I’ve already worked to raise the minimum wage, secure equal pay for women, enacted better worker protections, and tenant protections, and create the strongest paid family leave program in the nation. Under a reinvigorated community approach to our issues, these programs will flourish. And as they do, we can seek more opportunities to depart from outdated ideas of justice or revenue generation.
“We need to further reform our tax structure to better reflect the ability to pay, for both businesses and people. That is why I have voted to increase taxes on millionaires and to reduce taxes for our working families. We need to close loopholes that let revenue slip out of state and the nation. Full legalization of marijuana would be a great revenue generator. And the impact it would have on low-level possession arrests would be immense; young men and women won’t be separated from their families and locked up. I think we have good models to go off of with respect to how it can be done, and a reasonable understanding of the new economic opportunities it could provide our schools and communities. Invest these funds wisely, back into our communities and you’ll begin to see the burden of poverty lessen, not just in Bushwick, but throughout the district and state.”
Greenpoint Residents Push State for Further Health Studies of Newtown Creek
By Gwynne Hogan | DNAinfo | August 22, 2016
GREENPOINT — Neighborhood activists and a local politician are teaming up to push the state to more seriously study health risks for residents who live near Newtown Creek, following a preliminary health report that found no cancer risk to people who live near the waterway.
The group is also calling on the state Department of Health to put up signs warning against eating fish or crabs from the creek, according to two letters sent to the agency.
The state's study released in April, which found no elevated risk of of most types of birth defects and cancers among residents near Newtown Creek, failed to consider historical pollutants around the creek, measure lead or other toxic chemicals in the river or consider the long-term impacts of exposure to those toxic elements, community activists and local Sen. Martin Dilan charged in recent letters sent to the state's Health Department.
"There is little discussion of the historical industrial pollution that has contributed to health issues in and around the Newtown Creek area," wrote State Sen. Martin Dilan in an Aug. 15 letter, adding that other sites of former factories and oil spills aren't considered in the state's health analysis.
"I recommend a more concerted effort to discuss these sources of pollution and the cumulative effects of exposure to this array of pollutants over decades, as well as their contribution to incidences of disease in the area surrounding Newtown Creek," he wrote.
While the April report claimed to find no statistical link between proximity to the creek and cancer or birth defects, advocates who'd been pushing for a health study for years, pointed out that the methodology used, which relied on existing health data, didn't get specific information from neighborhood households that would have allowed for a more in-depth dive at health impacts in the area.
And a disclaimer in the study had earlier set off red flags for advocates.
"A study of this type cannot prove that a specific environmental exposure caused elevated levels of health problems in a community, nor does it provide information about causes of health problems in individual people," the April report stated.
In cases where the report did find elevated rates of some types of cancers — liver and lung cancer for men and cervical cancer among women — environmental pollutants were barely considered, advocates pointed out.
"Smoking is discussed on 13 separate pages yet pollutants found in the Newtown Creek [like] PCB’s and PAH’s are not mentioned once," said Mike Schade, a community advocate with Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group, referring to two type of toxic chemicals that have been previously documented in the creek.
The Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group was set up to oversee the cleanup process of the Newtown Creek once it was designated a Superfund site in 2010.
"The authors of the report really seem to go out of their their way not to discuss the history and legacy of pollution," Schade said.
He would also like to see a warning of the creek's pollution for fishermen who can sometimes be seen casting lines into the murky depths, Schade said.
“It’s a real no-brainer," Schade said. "That’s something that the Department of Health can do to do a better job of protecting public health, which is of course their job.”
The Department of Health didn't respond to a request for comment immediately.
How Do You Redefine Progressivism?
Simple, you don’t. It either is the case, or isn’t; you are either a progressive, or you’re not.
For those like myself who are, we have a record of progressive action and success. In my case it’s nearly 30 years of criminal justice reforms, hundreds of affordable homes built, with thousands more preserved and tens of thousands returned to the rolls. It’s critical investments in healthcare, and reforms to cut costs and improve access. It’s blocking cuts to transit and fare increases for riders; or giving riders a greater stake in transit decisions. It’s about record investment in the MTA and the EPF, done. It’s a $15 minimum wage, done. And the nation’s strongest Paid Family Leave and mandatory testing of school drinking water for lead, passed. It’s Pay Equity for Women, and a felony offense to drive drunk with children in a car, law.
It’s action. Not words. Not rhetoric. Not misinformation or dishonesty. It’s leadership. The kind of leadership that has delivered for Brooklyn decade after decade, and after taking the Senate Majority next year thanks to you, will be able to continue delivering on these progressive ideals and more.
Patch.com: Activists and Officials Warn Bidders to Stay Away From Land Wanted for Bushwick Inlet Park
Photo by John V. Santore
group of activists and elected officials pledged Tuesday to block anything other than a park from coming to the privately held parcels of Williamsburg waterfront land they want added to Bushwick Inlet Park.
In June, the city offered businessman Norm Brodsky $100 million for the land in question — property running west of Kent Street between N. 10th Street N. 11th, plus two parcels between N. 11th and N. 12th. The offer is good until early August.
The land is needed to grow Bushwick Inlet Park to the size the city promised the Williamsburg community during a 2005 rezoning of the neighborhood. It also sits in the middle of surrounding parcels the city has already bought for the park project. But Brodsky has not accepted the city’s money, instead opening his land up to private bids through 5 p.m. on July 20. (As of Tuesday night, a website he established to facilitate the bidding, 1n11th.com, appeared to be down).
State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who represents Williamsburg, called for the city to start eminent domain proceedings on the property, a course of action that local State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan seemed open to as well — describing an eminent domain seizure as “totally within” the city’s power.
Full story at Patch.com.
It’s no secret that our community is divided. What will surprise you is that it is a well-financed, under-handed and intentional ploy for some to cash in and others to reap the reward.
Political consultants raked in $115 Million in the last two Senate election cycles; and most of them are under investigation. For decades they’ve pitted Brooklynite against Brooklynite for nothing more than a paycheck and lavish headquarters; many here in Brooklyn. They spin yarn after yarn, and remold candidate after candidate, often bragging about it. And this year they are selling a $30,000 product that is nothing more than empty promises with no real plan or ambition to serve the people. It’s a machine, not a revolution.
A Highlight of Senator Dilan’s 2016 and past Legislative Activity:
2016 Dilan Bills
S1534a - Establishes a tax credit for certain volunteers who provide at least twenty-five hours of service during the year.
S1837 - Authorizes the lease of lands adjacent to state, public authority and local highways for operation of wind or solar electric generating systems.
S2292a - Exempts new electric vehicles, clean fuel vehicles and vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards from first year of registration fees environment (included in 2016-17 budget).
S2307 - Provides early voting for a candidate in a general election no sooner than twenty days and no later than five days prior to election day at county board of elections (Sponsor Since 2007).
S2328a - Establishes the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodation.
S5125 - Removes the personal appearance requirement for voter registration or renewals (Constitutional amendment to pave the way for automatic voter registration).
S6470 - Relates to the transfer of funds into the metropolitan transportation authority aid trust account and the public transportation system operating assistance account (additional dedicated funding for transit statewide).
2016 Co-Sponsored Legislation
S52a - Protects Low-Wage Workers from Erratic Schedules
S60b - Closes LLC Campaign Contribution Loophole
S61b - Gender Identity or Expression Protections
S63a - Child Victims Act
S485b - GMO Food Labeling
S857 - 16-Year-Old Pre-Registration Voting
S1251b - Dream Act
S1291 - Farmworkers Rights
S1747 - Marijuana Regulation and Taxation (Recreational)
S2659 - Prohibits Solitary Confinement
S2667 - Call on National Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United
S2775 - Prohibits Caged Hunting
S3364b - Tenant Protection Act
S3502 - Fair Elections Act
S3525a - Establishes Single-Payer Healthcare System
S4432 - Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose
S5084a - Prohibits Declawing of Cats
S5642a - Raises the Age for Criminal Prosecution
S5873 - Limits Investments of the State Pension Plan in Fossil Fuel Interests
S6013a - Mandates Health Insurance to Provide Coverage for FDA-Approved Contraceptives
S6304 - Prohibits Individuals on the Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist from Obtaining Firearms
Bills, Measures Senator Dilan has Historically Supported
Increasing minimum wage
Workers protections from misclassification
Paid family leave
Decriminalization of Marijuana
Repeal of Rockefeller Drug Laws
Complete Street Design Principles to Protect All Users
Member of LATFOR that Fought to Protect Voting Rights Throughout NYS
Public Financing of Elections
Limiting of Outside Income for Legislators
Strong Advocate for Access to Affordable Transit Options
Advocate Increases of Billions of Dollars to Education to Meet State Obligation as Defined by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity
Supports Increased Funding for Access to Institutions of Higher Learning
Voted for the Millionaires' Tax
Sponsor of Leandra's Law to Protect Children and users of NY's Roadways
Litigant in Suit Against Exxon-Mobil, Earning $19 million Settlement for the Greenpoint Community
Filed Suit to Prevent Gerrymandering as part of Recent Redistricting.
Voted for the Women's Equality Agenda
Senator Dilan Receives Key Endorsements in 2016 Election Bid
Senator Dilan announced the first of endorsements in his 2016 campaign for re-election to the New York State Senate. Long-time advocates for New Yorkers living with disabilities, the first and only citywide LGBT Democratic organization, national reproductive rights advocates, and prominent local representatives. See who supports Senator Dilan.
Promises Didn’t Get Us MinWage, Affordable Homes. Action Did!
Immigrant is now a bad word. It’s now used throughout the state, nation and world as a buzzword to energize a seething electorate. They chant en mass “build a wall” or “leave the EU!” What’s troubling is that these revelers are voting; lured by empty promises that are either economically impossible or unconstitutional. These candidates are on both sides of the aisle, and not one of them has any real plan or intention of fulfilling these empty promises. It’s only to get elected; to get in. And then what?
You’ve been beside me as we fought for a minimum wage, worker protections, transportation funding, affordable housing and tenant protections, criminal justice reforms, gay rights, this list goes on and on. I’m asking you to join me again. The business of politics is sweeping our community. Today’s divisive politics and outside influences are looking to undermine the great work we have accomplished together, only to pad their causes and candidates elsewhere. Don’t let them.
The Rent Guidelines Board voted to freeze 1-year leases and increase 2-year leases by 2 percent. They didn’t roll the rents back. Were you told they would? Or could? Did they tell you that buildings with less than 12 units don’t have to file their building expenses with the city? That’s the majority of regulated units in Brooklyn. Not one them figured into the formula that determines if a rent freeze, or roll-back, should be done.
You don’t need to make America great again or a political revolution to change a few lines in local law. You need lawmakers.
Brooklyn’s Time Has Come! Dilan For Senate 2016
I have lived, worked and fought in the interest of Brooklyn my entire life.
Like many in Brooklyn, I’m self-made. I know the struggles that come with starting a business, raising a family, putting food on the table, and paying rent. Political decisions come easy when you know the daily struggles of Brooklynites.
I attribute my success in the Senate to you. My decades of experience, legislative appointments, funding to projects, signed bills, and role as a leader and senior member in the Senate, are the results of doing what’s right by you. For that I thank you.
We’ve amassed great political strength in our Senate District. Your involvement and support is why I don’t answer to outside interests and why I’m not obliged by or indebted to anyone other than you. I rely on my family, friends and neighbors. And when you’ve been in public service as long as I have, that includes all of you.
I am asking for your support again this year. I am asking that you send me to Albany, a leader in a likely Democratic Majority in the Senate, to make the most of a tremendous opportunity to win long-sought progressive reforms largely ignored by a soon to be Republican minority. A little goes a long way and any small measure of your support is greatly appreciated. Brooklyn’s time has come! Please join me in ushering it in!
Definitive Win in the 18th Senate District
"I am fortunate and honored to have earned the continued support of the people of the 18th Senatorial District. For many of my Democratic Conference colleagues, last night's election results were disappointing. Regardless, I remain committed to working toward a democratic majority in the Senate. Today, it's back to work on the issues that are so important to residents of North Brooklyn; quality education for all students, access to stable and affordable housing, and creating good paying jobs. Thank you to all those who supported my candidacy and democrats across the state."
Dilan Wins 2014 Democratic Primary
“It was a community effort and I thank the communities of the 18th Senatorial District for their hard work and commitment in the months leading up to the September Democratic Primary. It’s truly humbling to work alongside so many friends, family and supporters that share the same vision for the preservation of our North Brooklyn home. With that said, it’s on to the General Election in November, and then back to Albany to make good on the trust you have instilled in me as your representative in the State Senate.”
NY League of Conservation Voters Endorses Martin Malavé Dilan
NEW YORK --- The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Martin Malavé Dilan for New York’s Senate District 18.
Since his election in 2002, Senator Dilan has advanced a strong environmental agenda that includes increasing the state’s use of renewable energy and implementing cleaner forms of transportation. As ranking member of the Senate Transportation Committee, he has advocated for more robust transportation funding and supported complete-streets legislation to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. He has sponsored legislation to expand the use of wind and solar energy and make it easier for New Yorkers to purchase clean-energy vehicles. In the 2014 legislative session, Senator Dilan also cosponsored legislation to help get toxic chemicals out of children’s toys – one of NYLCV’s top priorities of the year.?
“Throughout his career in public service, Senator Dilan has been a fighter for a cleaner, greener Brooklyn,” said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. “We are proud to endorse Senator Dilan for re-election and we encourage voters who care about clean energy, safe drinking water and a healthy environment to support him on Election Day.”?
In response to NYLCV’s endorsement, Senator Martin Dilan said: “The League and I have stood together on many occasions in our efforts to preserve and protect our state’s natural resources. I’m honored to have their support this year and I look forward to continuing our relationship,”
Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) is the only statewide organization that uses the power of endorsements and a political action committee to elect environmental leaders.
Dilan Receives Backing of Key Labor, Women Organizations
Senator Dilan has received the support of several of the state and city’s largest labor organizations in his re-election efforts. For more than a decade Senator Dilan has acted in the best interests of North Brooklyn’s working families and has been a steadfast supporter of strengthening worker rights in Albany.
The latest round of endorsements include: The New York City Central Labor Council, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, New York State AFL-CIO, 32BJ and DC37.
Senator Dilan also received the endorsement of NARAL Pro Choice New York for his continued support of women’s rights in New York, including the 10-point Women’s Equality Act.
NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclist
AP | WNYT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of New York senators is seeking $20 million
in funding for bicycles and pedestrian safety as well as infrastructure
to be included in the coming fiscal year.
A letter circulated by Sen. Martin Malave Dilan asks the Senate
leadership to include the money in the Senate's budget bill due next
Parks and Trails New York, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and
the New York Bicycling Coalition have been urging lawmakers to add
funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget. More at WNYT.
Senator Dilan Introduces Measure to Support 20 MPH Speed Limits
Citing the alarming rate of traffic fatalities in New York City, Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Bushwick), sponsored legislation in the State Senate to empower city officials to make speed limit changes as they deem necessary.
“In the first two weeks of 2014 there were seven pedestrian fatalities, two in the same day. While Mayor de Blasio’s ramped-up enforcement has made an impact, the city requires additional tools to realistically address these fatalities. City officials feel that targeting trouble areas with lower speed limits can have an impact,” said Senator Dilan.
The likelihood that an accident with a pedestrian will be fatal directly correlates with the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. At twenty miles per hour, the likelihood that a pedestrian hit by a motorist will die is five percent; at thirty miles per hour that likelihood jumps to forty five percent.
By giving the New York City Council the ability to reduce the speed limit by ten miles per hour, pedestrian safety in the city will vastly improve.
“Last year the number of traffic related deaths nearly outpaced the murder rate. Those deaths were preventable. On McGuinness Boulevard in my district, countless requests have been made for speed cameras or traffic calming measures. Unfortunately, deaths continue to occur up and down the treacherous stretch of road. However, reducing the speed on McGuinness has never been an option. It’s my hope that for McGuinness, and other areas throughout the city, a 20 m.p.h. zone will make the difference between life or death.”
Dilan, Teachers, Parents and Students Protest I.S. 171 CoLocation
Senator Dilan joined Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. (CHLDC), teachers and parents of I.S. 171 to protest the Department of Education's (DOE) decision to co-locate another middle school within the Cypress Hills school.
"I.S. 171 has been deemed developing by the DOE and has made significant improvements in the areas of student performance and progress. The school should be commended for making positive gains and should be given the opportunity for recent restructuring to fully pan out," said Senator Dilan. "Quantity over quality is not a redeemable educational policy, nor is it grounds for co-locating a second school within I.S. 171."
At an October 8, 2013 public hearing, Senator Dilan joined more than 500 parents, students and residents to voice their opposition to the plan.
Requested G Line Review Lands Station, Service Improvements
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 Senator Dilan 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.
Politicker: 32BJ Weighs In for Democrats, Although Some Are Left Out
Earlier today, SEIU 32BJ, one of the city’s more notable unions, announced its endorsement in dozens of State Senate and Assembly races throughout the city.
McCarren Park Pool Reopens
Senator Dilan recently joined local and New York City Park officials to celebrate the reopening of Greenpoint’s McCarren Park pool. After being closed for nearly 30 years, the 37,950-square-foot pool will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.