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April 2004 Community Report

Assemblywoman Millman Joins Assemblyman Klein in Releasing New Findings on Response Times in Neighborhoods with Closed Firehouses

Assemblywoman Millman speaks to over 50 residents in front of Engine Co. 204 on Sunday, March 21st.
Assemblywoman Millman joined Assembly colleagues and neighborhood residents at a press conference on Sunday, March 21st, to release new findings on response times in areas with closed firehouses.

Before the closings, the Fire Department assured the public that the increase in response times due to these closings would be negligible. The new findings released at Sunday's press conference showed an overall citywide increase of response times by 13 seconds, for both structural fire and non-structural fires, and medical emergencies. Engine Company 204, located in Cobble Hill Brooklyn, had the highest increase in response times to medical emergencies. Assemblywoman Millman said, "I cannot tell my constituents to hold out for an extra 51 seconds for a fire engine to arrive while they are having a heart attack or a stroke. I will not tell my constituents not to breathe for an extra 29 seconds when their homes are engulfed in flames. The difference in response times can mean the difference between the loss of life and or property."

This new data proves that both the Mayor and the Fire Commissioner were incorrect in their predictions. Assemblywoman Millman said, "It is time for the Mayor to admit he made a mistake and is compromising the life and safety of our citizens. It is time for the Mayor to reopen the six closed firehouses."

Millman and Assembly Pass Legislation to Aid Mitchell-Lama Tenants and Testifies at Hearing about 20 Henry Street

Assemblywoman Millman announced passage of legislation in the Assembly designed to protect tenants in Mitchell-Lama buildings (A.2419). This legislation was passed on the heels of an Assembly hearing on Mitchell-Lama buildings on Friday, March 26, in which Millman testified about the need to revamp tenant protections when owners buy out of the program.

Millman said, "While I do represent several Mitchell-Lama co-ops, the main crisis I have witnessed has been the failure to provide for the tenants of rental developments, when the building owner lawfully, after 20 years in the Mitchell-Lama program, decides to buy out of the program. I believe we must require that all rental apartments be governed by rent regulation if the owners opt out of the Mitchell Lama program. It is imperative that we address this problem immediately, and not allow mass evictions, similar to what has happened to my constituents at 20 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, to ever happen again."

Millman Hosts Second Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest Awards Ceremony

Assemblywoman Millman presents certificates to students from P.S. 282 in Park Slope, who participated in the contest
In honor of Women's History Month and as Chair of the New York State Assembly's Task Force on Women's Issues, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman sponsored her second annual Women's History Month Essay Contest. The contest challenged students in grades 3-8 to write compositions about women who inspire hope and possibility. The response was even larger than expected, with over 250 submissions. Over 150 children and families attended the awards ceremony at the YWCA of Brooklyn on Saturday, March 27th.

"I am thrilled by the number of students who chose to participate in this contest," said Millman. "I hope that by encouraging students to write about women they admire, students will be encouraged to achieve dreams of their own."

A panel of community leaders judged the contest and was honored by Assemblywoman Millman.

The panel included:

  • Barbara Edwards Delsman - Executive Director of the Hope Program
  • Betty Feibusch - Special Assistant to Region 8 Superintendent
  • Pearl Lau - President of the Friends of Carroll Park
  • JoAnn Simon - Community Activist and Female District Leader for the 52nd Assembly District.
  • Judith Zuk - President of The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Millman Testifies in Favor of Smart Development in Downtown Brooklyn Plan

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman (D/WF) submitted testimony to the City Planning Commission Wednesday, March 24th, regarding the ULURP application for the Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan. Millman reiterated her support for development that balances the needs of the surrounding residential communities with the needs of the business community, while preserving and supporting Brooklyn's unique, historical character.

In her testimony, Millman urged the City to make serious investments in improving and upgrading downtown Brooklyn. Millman stated, "It is not enough to merely mitigate the negative impact this proposal will have on the residential communities, but we must strive to both enhance and improve the quality of life downtown in conjunction with the expansion of our business community. During these difficult economic times, I support the City's plan to create sustainable economic development in Brooklyn, but I would encourage the City to go much further by truly investing in Brooklyn's infrastructure."

Millman concluded, "I want to reiterate my support for the redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn. If done properly and with the consent and participation of the community, the Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan will set the stage for continued economic growth and development. It is imperative that we account for the social effects of our economic plans and develop appropriate solutions."

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