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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April 2006 Community Report

Millman's Fourth Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest Is a Huge Success

Assemblywoman Millman congratulates three of the nearly 200 participants in her Fourth Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest at the Awards Ceremony at the YWCA of Brooklyn.
On Saturday, March 18, 2006, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman hosted the awards ceremony for her Fourth Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest, titled "Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams." Nearly 200 students from ten schools participated in the contest, and over 150 students and their families were in attendance at the awards ceremony at the YWCA of Brooklyn.

An outstanding panel of community leaders judged the essay contest, including, Judy Stanton, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, Renee Flowers, Director of the Gowanus Wildcats, Lydia Denworth, President of the Park Slope Civic Council, Carol Enseki, President of the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and Pauline Blake, President of the 78th Police Precinct Community Council. The essays were divided into three categories, 3rd and 4th Grades, 5th and 6th Grades, and 7th and 8th Grades. Three winners in each category were asked to read a portion of their essays to the audience and were awarded a $50.00 government savings bond donated by Independence Community Foundation. Additionally, all participants were presented with a New York State Assembly Certificate by Assemblywoman Millman to recognize their efforts.

"I am encouraged by the overwhelming participation in this year's Women's History Month Essay Contest," said Assemblywoman Joan Millman. "This contest is a great opportunity for all of us to recognize the important contributions to society that women make every day. For four years now, my essay contest has been a fun way for students to learn and write about women who serve as great role models. But it is the parents and teachers who continue to make this event a success, encouraging the participation of students from ten different schools throughout the district."

Local Community Leader Elected to NYS Board of Regents
Millman Praises Nominee on Assembly Floor

Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, was elected to the New York State Board of Regents. Ms. Hopkins, a resident of Park Slope and the 52nd Assembly District, will represent the 2nd Judicial District, which includes Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman seconded the motion to nominate Ms. Hopkins, stating to a joint session of the Assembly and the Senate "There are outstanding individuals who all bring a different area of expertise to the role of regent. In Karen Brooks Hopkins we have a woman who is the Chief Executive of a world-class cultural institution located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. BAM has made great strides during her tenure to reach out to the surrounding neighborhoods and bring in programming which reflects the diversity of our Borough."

Millman concluded, "As a regent, I know she will make it a priority to assist our educational institutions to learn how elementary, middle and high schools work. There is no doubt she will improve education for all young people."

Assemblywoman Millman Introduces Legislation to Outlaw State Funding for Electroshock Therapy

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman introduced legislation that would prohibit using State funds to place children in facilities that use electroshock therapy and other aversive interventions. The bill builds upon "Billy's Law" that Assemblywoman Joan Millman passed last year, which requires the inspection and approval of all out-of-state residential facilities housing New York State children. The new legislation comes at a time when a teenager from Freeport, NY recently experienced emotional and physical trauma as a result of being repeatedly shocked at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts.

"This bill is the latest in our efforts to protect the children of New York State," said Millman. "No child should ever be subjected to electroshock therapy, and especially not children that the State has placed far from their homes. With our legislation I hope that we can prevent the tragic mistreatment of children," she added.

Due to a lack of facilities in New York, nearly 1,400 children are sent to out-of-state treatment centers every year. Each child costs the State as much as $250,000. As a result of Billy's Law, the Office of Children and Family services is currently inspecting all out-of-state facilities to ensure the safety of New York children.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman is also planning on introducing legislation to build more in-state treatment facilities.

Millman Sponsors Bill to Support
Arts and Culture Organizations

Assemblywoman Millman meets with the BOCOCA Parents, a community group representing Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens.
Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is sponsoring Assembly Bill A10168, legislation to establish a $1,000,000 program to provide stabilization grants to non-profit arts institutions. The grants of up to $50,000 will be used as cash reserve funds by small and mid-sized arts organizations for transitional funding to support their growth.

Many of New York's arts and culture organizations struggle to raise annual operating funds, and often find their corporate and foundation sponsors interested solely in specific projects. This bill would provide a much needed resource for these organizations that find themselves with periodic cash flow problems due to the seasonal nature of their business as well as the delay in receiving committed grants. The grants would be maintained by the organizations in the form of a cash reserve from which they could periodically borrow and replenish. The cash reserve accounts could also be useful in helping organizations secure additional loans necessary for growth and expansion.

"This legislation is an important step towards ensuring financial security for the arts and culture institutions in New York," said Assemblywoman Millman. "By providing a cushion for small and mid-sized arts organizations, they will have the freedom to focus on long-term goals and expansion rather than day to day operations. Now is the time to show our support for organizations striving to enhance New York's rich tradition of artistic and cultural expression."

Office of Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
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