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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December 2005 Community Report
Happy Holidays!

Anti-Flyer Legislation Goes Into Effect
Millman Law prevents the placement of flyers and handbills on any part of vehicle

Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Joan Millman banning the placement of handbills and flyers on the entire automobile went into effect this past month. The new law updated old legislation which only banned the placement of flyers on car windshields. By updating the legislation car owners will be free from annoying flyers and the streets will remain clean.

“This is an important measure that will help rid our streets of litter and control the advertisement assault that New Yorkers face on a daily basis,” said Millman.

Millman Cuts Ribbon at Prospect Park Nature Trail and announces 50k in State Funding for Capital Improvements in the Park

Assemblymember Joan Millman joined NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and Tupper Thomas, Executive Director Prospect Park Alliance to cut the ribbon for the newly created Nature Trail in Prospect Park. The Nature Trail will provide a recreational and educational tour through the woodlands of the Park.

Also at the meeting Millman announced $50,000 she secured to make capital improvements in the Park. The money will be spent on installing new restrooms near the Parade Grounds. The new facilities will especially benefit the youth athletes who use the nearby sports fields. “Providing resources to maintain our City's open spaces has always been a priority of mine. Brooklynites have been enjoying Prospect Park for years and it is important that we keep it that way,” said Millman.

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Millman with the The Prospect Park Alliance at the ribbon cutting for the new Nature Trail

Assemblywoman Millman and Eagle Scouts Begin Toy Drive on December 3rd

From December 3rd through December 16th, 2005, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, along with local Eagle Scouts, will be conducting a toy drive to benefit needy Brooklyn families. The toy drive, Josh Gallo's Eagle Scout project, is being coordinated by local Troops 213 in Downtown Brooklyn and 815 in Cobble Hill. Assemblywoman Millman's office, 341 Smith Street, will be a drop-off location for donated toys.

On December 17th, the donated toys will be given to St. John's Bread and Life, an organization that services over 1,800 needy families in Brooklyn and Queens. St. John's also provides legal and medical clinics, referral and advocacy services, as well as soup kitchens and food pantries.

Suggested items for donation are board games, educational toys and games, action toys, dolls, drawing kits, puzzles, books, and sports-related toys for children aged one to fifteen. Donations should be new and unwrapped.

"It is a great pleasure to work with the Eagle Scouts on this project," said Assemblywoman Millman. "This toy drive will help spread the holiday cheer to many children throughout Brooklyn."

In addition to Assemblywoman Millman's office, other locations with collection boxes are: Ben & Jerry's on Atlantic Avenue, St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sidney Place, and Farmer's Market on Court Street.

Access for all at the Carroll Gardens Library

Assemblywoman Millman announced last month that the Clinton Street library is now accessible to all members of the community. Earlier this year, an elevator was installed at the Carroll Gardens branch to provide disabled patrons access to the library, but until recently the elevator was not available on a regular basis. Millman urged the Brooklyn Public Library to open the elevator during all library hours and to post signs letting the public know that it is available - soon after these changes were made. The elevator allows disabled individuals to enjoy the library, and is also very useful to the many families with children in strollers. “The library is a wonderful resource which is now easily accessible to everyone,” said Millman.

Millman Sponsors 25 Thanksgiving Turkeys for Times Plaza Senior Center

Assemblymember Millman with the cooperation of Health Plus donated twenty-five turkeys to the Times Plaza Senior Center in Cobble Hill this past Thanksgiving. The turkeys were used to feed seniors who had no other means of finding a good Thanksgiving meal. Also on Thanksgiving, Millman volunteered in serving dinner at the Heights and Hill Community Council.

Office of Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 246-4889