Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
  Albany Office: Room 510 Capitol, Albany, NY 12248, (518) 455-5426
District Office: 341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, (718) 246-4889
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March 2005 Community Report
-Celebrate Women's History Month-

In honor of Women's History Month, Assemblywoman Millman has sponsored her third annual essay contest, "Women Change America." This year, Assemblywoman Millman received close to 200 essays, and invites all participants to be honored at an Awards Ceremony to be held on March 19th at the YWCA (30 Third Avenue, corner of Atlantic Ave) from 10-12 pm. A panel of distinguished Brooklyn women was chosen to judge these essays and will be specially recognized on March 19th.

These include:

Emelda Cathcart, YWCA Board Member
Hon. Sarah Krauss, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Kings County
Hon. Margarita Lopez-Torres, Kings County Civil Court Judge
Ellen Meyers, Vice President of the Teachers Network
Barbara Turk, Executive Director of the Brooklyn YWCA
Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee
Susanne Wolfe, President of the Boerum Hill Association

A Win -Win for Park Slope Community and Commerce Bank

Assemblywoman Millman pictured in front of rendering of the newly redesigned Commerce Bank for Fifth Avenue.
Commerce Bank will receive a warm welcome to Park Slope, when they open their store-front branch on Fifth Avenue and First Place. Assemblywoman Millman was instrumental in working with Commerce Bank and members of the neighborhood to voice concerns about a proposed drive-through at the site.

At a recent press conference unveiling the redesigned bank, Assemblywoman Millman said "the question never was whether or not a bank was needed or desired on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue - it was just what kind of bank it would be. Thanks to everyone's active participation, especially the First Place Block Association and Park Slope Neighbors, we will now have a brand new Commerce Bank that I am confident will be responsive to our neighborhood as it has been through this entire community based process."

The new plans for Commerce Bank in Park Slope represent a real victory for community-based planning. Just as last year Assemblywoman Millman worked with Councilmember de Blasio and Eckerd's to reach an agreement that suited both the community and the drug store, this year Commerce Bank responded effectively to Park Slope Neighbors and advocates by redesigning the building so that it is contextually appropriate for the neighborhood.

Commerce Bank has redesigned the Park Slope branch to have an entrance at the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street. The latest design includes tall windows along the sidewalk, with a red brick facade, appropriate for the historical character of the neighborhood. The bank is scheduled to open some time in December.

Assemblywoman Millman Nominates Carol Bellamy to New York Board of Regents

Assemblywoman Millman had the distinct honor of nominating Carol Bellamy to the University of the State of New York Board of Regents before a joint session of the State Assembly and the State Senate on Tuesday, March 8th. Carol Bellamy, the current Executive Director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, will replace Diane O'Neill McGivern in Judicial District II, whose term expired at the beginning of 2005.

When nominating Carol Bellamy, Assemblywoman Millman remarked "Brooklyn and Staten Island will have an exceptional representative on the Board of Regents with Carol Bellamy. As a former educator, it was my honor to nominate someone who has made such a vast contribution to the future of our children worldwide. Carol's distinguished career and track record of success make her an outstanding nominee to serve our State's Educational system in the highest capacity."

Millman and Assembly Pass Sweeping Public Authority Reform Legislation

Assemblywoman Millman, member of the Assembly Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, announced on March 9th Assembly passage of legislation crafted in conjunction with State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to fundamentally alter the way the state's public authorities operate in New York State by creating greater accountability and transparency in the state's public authorities.

Highlights of this legislation include creating a Public Authorities Inspector General, a Public Authorities Independent Budget Office, improving corporate governance of public authorities, strengthening procurement rules, and restricting procurement lobbying by restricting contact between a firm seeking to do business with a public authority, except for specific purposes and only with the person designated by the agency to handle procurement.

"By adding greater transparency and accountability to the more than 700 public authorities and their subsidiaries, we are providing all New Yorkers a more complete view of their state government, improving their overall efficiency and instituting safeguards for our taxpayers' dollars," said Assemblywoman Millman.