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District Office: 341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, (718) 246-4889

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JOAN L. MILLMAN
52nd ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
  December 2003 Community Report
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Millman Tells MTA:
BROOKLYN NEEDS BETTER TRANSIT

Assemblywoman Millman, a member of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions, testified at a transportation hearing about Brooklyn's most pressing mass transit needs. The hearing was hosted at Brooklyn Borough Hall by Assemblymen Richard Brodsky, Chair of the Committee.

Millman expressed her own concerns about Brooklyn's transit needs before hearing the several presentations from transportation experts. "In New York City's most populous and ever expanding borough, one would think we would have a first-rate mass transit system to move the 2.3 million Brooklynites who use our city's trains and buses each day," said Millman. "The reality is that Brooklyn is being shortchanged. Despite the fact that the MTA recently increased the fare to $2 per ride, we have found that we are forced to pay more for less. We pay more only to lose our token booth clerks throughout the borough. We pay more only to endure overly crowded, infrequent train service, adding further disruption to the longest commute of anywhere in New York City."

Assemblywoman Millman also shed light on the long-standing problem of accessibility at local train stations. Most notably, Millman said, "The elevated Smith and Ninth Street station on the F and G lines is a constant problem. When the escalators have been switched off or are broken, which happens frequently, anyone who is disabled, anyone with a stroller, or anyone with extra large packages or equipment is absolutely stranded. We must work to find creative solutions to make sure mass transit is truly for everyone."

Millman also recommended extending the 2nd Avenue subway to Brooklyn. "This would extend the train line to under-served areas and relieve overcrowded lines. We must also look to increase the frequency of the #2 and #3 trains to again relieve our most crowded lines, extend the LIRR service directly into Manhattan from the Atlantic Avenue station, and bolster the service on the N and R lines, otherwise known to some of my constituents as the 'Never' and 'Rarely.'"


Assemblywoman Millman presents certificates to children at P.S. 261 who completed her Summer Reading Challenge
Millman Named Chair of Commission on Government Administration

Assemblywoman Millman was recently appointed Chair of the Assembly's Commission on Government Administration. This appointment, by Speaker Sheldon Silver, brings opportunities to direct and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government operations. Assemblywoman Millman stated, "As Chair, I will work to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to maintain and improve government efficiency."


Assemblywoman Millman Urges Action for Affordable Housing
Promotes City and Statewide Mitchell-Lama Initiatives

Assemblywoman Millman sent a strongly worded support letter to City Council Speaker Gifford Miller regarding Mitchell-Lama housing. The letter was in support of City Council intro 523 which will extend protections to current Mitchell-Lama buildings.

A former Mitchell-Lama building, located in the Assemblywoman Millman's district, was recently removed from the program. Many tenants, who called this residence home for years, now face dramatically increased rents and may be forced to relocate outside of the City. Millman stated, "We do not want to lose any more affordable housing. The residents and former residents of 20 Henry Street are a stark example of the need for legislative action. I am committed to working in Albany to pursue legislative opportunities to further preserve and protect the existing units of middle income housing."

Millman wrote, "Action, whether at City Hall, or in Albany is necessary to ensure affordable housing in New York. It will be a long and difficult fight, but if we work together, with the strong support of tenant groups, and the continued diligence of the City and State legislative bodies, the Mitchell-Lama program and future initiatives for affordable housing will remain an integral part of New York's housing stock."


Assemblywoman Millman Assists in Improving Eckerd's Design on Smith Street

Assemblywoman Millman, working with community groups and other elected officials, helped ensure that the new Eckerd's Pharmacy on the corner of Smith and President Streets, would be aesthetically consistent with other businesses on one of Brooklyn's most popular streets.

Millman's efforts, combined with City Councilman Bill de Blasio, South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation, and Community Board 6, helped restore the community's original agreement for the design of the fašade.

"I am pleased that Eckerd's and John Genovese were responsive to our concerns and willing to make the building more contextually appropriate for Smith Street," said Millman.


ASSEMBLYWOMAN MILLMAN PROVIDES FLU SHOTS AT HER DISTRICT OFFICE

On Wednesday, November 12th, Assemblywoman Millman opened up her district office to Long Island College Hospital, to provide free flu shots for her constituents. This event brought over 60 people from across the district to her office on Smith Street to receive the flu shots, courtesy of LICH.

"Ensuring a winter without a flu is important for people of all ages. I am pleased to be able to provide this important service to the community and I look forward to providing it again next year."

Assemblywoman Millman is joined by community residents Marlene Hochman and Sue Wolfe, and staff from LICH.


Office of Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 246-4889
millmaj@assembly.state.ny.us


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