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 2006 Community Report

Public Authorities Control Board Approves Transfer of Piers for Brooklyn Bridge Park on Millman's Recommendation
Also Establishes a System of Checks on Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation

Upon the recommendation of State Assemblymember Joan Millman the Public Authority Control Board (PACB) approved the transfer of piers 1,2,3, and 5 from the NY/NJ Port Authority to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC). The property transfer approval is an important step in creating a world class park for New York City.

Additionally, Assemblymember Millman recommended that the BBPDC be required to seek approval from the PACB for each additional property acquisition, and the terms of each lease for revenue generating development. The added approvals are necessary to keep a system of checks and oversight on the BBPDC for their use of public funds and public land.

"After years of hard work, I am pleased that we have taken a critical step forward in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park," stated Millman. "By requiring the BBPDC to seek approval for all property acquisitions and lease terms, we mandate a system of checks on how the park will be developed. This way we can ensure that development is limited only to the parcels outlined in the General Project Plan, and ensure that the terms of the lease are structured to gain the maximum amount of revenue necessary with the least development," Millman added.

The Public Authority Control Board which is comprised of a representative from the Governor's Office, the Senate Majority Leader's Office, and the Assembly Speaker's Office is one of the last rounds of approval necessary in the public review process. Legislative members with state projects in their district have input into the decisions of the PACB.

Assemblywoman Millman meets with Arnold Lehman, Lavita McMath and James Lytle to discuss the Brooklyn Museum in her Legislative Office in Albany.
Women's History Month Essay Contest

Joan L. Millman is hosting her Fourth Annual Essay Contest, an opportunity for students in public, private, and parochial schools in grades 3 through 8 to write essays on this year's theme, "Women: Builders of Communities and Dream."

All participants are invited to attend the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at the Brooklyn YWCA (Atlantic Avenue and Third Avenue) to receive a state issued certificate in recognition of their efforts. In addition, winners in each category will be awarded a $50.00 savings bond for their outstanding contribution. Essays are judged by a panel of women who are leaders in the community.

Millman Joins Coalition to Reform Antennae Safety (CRAS)
Elected Officials Hold Press Conference to Raise Awareness

Assemblymember Millman joined the Coalition to Reform Antennae Safety (CRAS), which is comprised of elected officials and community activists from across New York City. CRAS advocates for cell phone antennae placement regulation until all possible health risks are accurately assessed. With the proliferation of cell phone usage, more cell phone antennae are being installed in residential areas without any regulation. Cell phone antennae are a known source of radiation and CRAS advocates for regulations to curb their placement in locations where they may pose a risk to public health.

In response to the placement of a cell phone antenna in the vicinity of a local school, Millman introduced Assembly Bill A.9425 which would prohibit the placement of any cell phone antenna or related equipment within 500 hundred feet of a school building. Additionally, this bill would require municipalities to be notified 90 days prior to the placement of a cell tower or antenna.

"Until we can determine the health risks associated with cellular antennae, we need to regulate how and where they are sited," said Assemblymember Millman. "That is why I introduced legislation that will prevent cell antennae within 500 feet of any school, protecting our most vulnerable population." She continued, "This could pose a serious public health issue and we need to treat it like one."

Assemblywoman Millman presents citations to Sammy Lichtenstein, Chief of Operations, and Matthew Pintchik, Chairperson and Captain, of the Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PSVAC) in honor of the organization's many years of dedication and service to the community at the PSVAC annual dinner ceremony.
Millman Announces New
Traffic Signal

On February 2, 2006, the New York City Department of Transportation approved the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Columbia and Sackett Streets in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The decision reflects the Department of Transportation's recognition of the need for well placed traffic controls at this intersection, an issue that Assemblywoman Millman holds as a top safety priority for the neighborhood.

Plans to install the underground conduits and foundations for the signal are being added to the Columbia Street reconstruction project which is currently underway, so that installing the new traffic light will not require a separate construction project.

"I am relieved that this busy and dangerous intersection will now be protected by a traffic light," said Assemblywoman Millman. "The Department of Transportation's approval of the new traffic signal represents an important step towards making the streets safer for both pedestrians and drivers."

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