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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May 2006 Community Report

Millman Testifies Against 12 Story Luxury Housing Development Proposal in South Slope

On March 29, 2006 at a New York City Board of Standards and Appeals hearing, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman submitted testimony urging the Board to deny a developer's proposal to circumvent zoning regulations and erect a 12 story luxury apartment complex at 182 15th Street in South Park Slope, Brooklyn. The developer attempted to have the project vested under the old, more lenient zoning code regulations which were changed last year by the City Council.

Assemblywoman Millman argued in her testimony that the Board of Standards and Appeals should not issue a variance in this case where, even if the necessary foundation work was completed, it was finished only by violating the rules set to protect our communities and our workers.

"Beyond the unsafe practices used by the developer, I firmly believe that the proposed building is contrary to the spirit of the neighborhood and the intention of the new zoning designation," said Assemblywoman Millman in her testimony. "The 12 story structure planned at 182 15th Street will dwarf the surrounding three and four story row houses and will be out of context with the rest of the neighborhood. While I am excited about aspects of development in Brooklyn, we need to be cautious as we move forward and ensure that development is sensitive to the surrounding community."

For the full text of Assemblywoman Millman's testimony, click here.

Millman Hosts Fingerprinting Event for Children

Assemblywoman Joan Millman marching in the Little League Parade in Park Slope with Mr. Met and Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe.
On April 28, 2006, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman, with the assistance of COPS-CARE, the 76th Precinct and Keyspan, hosted a fingerprinting event at P.S. 29 for children in the district. Over 100 families received a free set of their children's fingerprints.

"An accurate set of fingerprints helps to ensure that families have quality identification data for their children to use in the event of an emergency," said Assemblywoman Millman. She continued, "It is important to take the necessary steps to prepare for the worst, and a set of fingerprints provides the authorities with better information to reunite a child with his or her family. I hope that families never have to use the identification records we are making at this event."

All records were distributed to the family of the child and the police did not retain any information.

Millman Announces New Bill to Finance More In-State Residential Facilities For Disabled Children

Assemblywoman Joan Millman (D/WFP-Brooklyn) announced the introduction of a new assembly bill this past week that will allow the Dormitory Authority to build more youth residential facilities in New York. The proposed legislation was introduced after the New York State interagency out-of-state work group found that the state pays $200 million and sends 1,400 children to facilities outside New York every year. The work group report was a requirement of "Billy's Law" also authored by Assemblywoman Millman last year.

"It is hard to believe that we spend so much money sending our children to facilities that are not subject to New York's laws and standards," said Assmblywoman Millman. "We should save that money to upgrade and create more facilities in New York so our children can be treated closer to home."

Currently, the Dormitory Authority is only allowed to issue $30 million in bonds to fund its capital programs. The costs of renovating and building new facilities would largely be offset by the money saved from not spending nearly $250,000 on each child sent out of state.

The law builds upon legislation Millman has introduced to address the safety of children sent to state sponsored residential treatment facilities.

Millman Reads to Second Graders at P.S. 133 Read-A-Thon

Assemblywoman Millman reads to a second grade class at the P.S. 133 Read-A-Thon, as part of National Library Week.
As part of National Library Week, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman participated in the Sixth Annual Read-A-Thon at P.S. 133, the William A. Butler Elementary School, on April 6, 2006. Millman read "Caps for Sale" and recited another story from memory to a captivated class of second graders.

A former public school teacher and librarian, Assemblywoman Millman participated in the Read-A-Thon to show her support for the program which enthusiastically promotes reading to the elementary school students.

"This is a great event because it portrays reading in a positive light, something to enjoy and look forward to," said Assemblywoman Millman. "One reason I like to participate in P.S. 133's Read-A-Thon is that bringing in outside guests to read books to the students really helps them understand that reading can be fun. The second grade students I visited were enthusiastic, attentive and asked great questions about my stories. As a former educator, I always enjoy the opportunity to interact with students in the classroom."

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