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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June 2006 Community Report

Millman Sponsors Legislation to Promote Bicycling

As more and more residents turn to the bicycle as their primary means of transportation, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman has introduced A.11101-A, legislation that would require owners and managers of New York City's buildings to provide secure bicycle storage facilities for their tenants, business employers and their employees.

The bill originated in response to a constituent who rode her bicycle to work during the 2006 MTA transit strike and was sent home because the building where she worked did not provide secure storage facilities for bicycles. As the state legislature discusses how to cap the rising cost of gasoline, implements energy-saving strategies, and tries to address the problem of childhood and adult obesity, bicycles are a true transportation and health-conscious alternative.

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and State Senator Martin Connor discuss important legislation.

This bill also complements the 400 miles of a proposed 900 mile bicycle transportation network that New York City's Department of Transportation and Department of Planning have been implementing since 1994 by requiring building owners and management companies to provide secure bicycle storage facilities.

"Cyclists should not be discouraged but applauded for making the switch to a cleaner and healthier commute," said Assemblywoman Millman, "and building owners are a significant component in that process. If we can make it easier for New Yorkers to bike to work, then we are all helping to make this city greener and leaner."

Millman Hosts Osteoporosis Screening

On May 12, 2006 Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman hosted an osteoporosis screening event in her District Office in coordination with Long Island College Hopital. Over forty seniors and other constituents attended the event and received a free screening to measure bone density, an indicator of whether an individual is at risk for osteoporosis.

Jenna Costanzo, Director of Community Health at Long Island College Hospital, administered the osteoporosis screenings which simply entailed placing one's foot into the bone density scanner for immediate and accurate results.

"Osteoporosis can be a painful and debilitating condition, and it is important to monitor bone mass so that any signs of decreased density can be addressed as early as possible," said Assemblywoman Millman. "I want to thank Long Island College Hospital for helping me provide this service to the community. Raising awareness about osteoporosis is a necessary step towards ensuring that individuals stay healthy and mobile as they get older."

Assemblywoman Millman Promotes Reading for Children, Families and Friends

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman endorses the Assembly's 2006 Summer Reading Challenge which helps children and parents pick up the reading habit during the summer vacation. To earn a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate, children read with a parent for 15 minutes a day, for at least 40 days during July and August.

"It's probably less time than a youngster spends getting dressed in the morning," Assemblywoman Millman said. "Kids can learn about dinosaurs, the American Civil War or read the biography of their favorite baseball player. Reading improves speech, vocabulary, pronunciation and listening. It's a good way to spend time with family and friends."

Libraries can help families participate in the Reading Challenge. The Legislature's 2006-2007 budget includes over $7.5 million for the Brooklyn Public Library to keep their resources current. It also provides $14 million for capital projects to help local libraries modernize facilities and invest in new educational technology.

"As a former librarian, I know first hand that libraries connect students to knowledge," Assemblywoman Millman said. "Reading matters. Children who read do better in other subjects, and can better analyze, think and cope in our increasingly complex world."

Every school in the 52nd Assembly District has been contacted and will receive copies of the Challenge for each interested child. Contact your child's school, or write or call Assemblywoman Millman for a copy of the Challenge.

Millman Brings Dental Van to PS 133

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman with students of PS 133 and a New York University dentist outside of the NYU Dental Care Van.
On Friday May 5, 2006 Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman hosted the "Smiling Faces, Going Places" New York University Dental Care Van at P.S. 133. The dental van provided over 100 elementary school students with free dental screenings.

Assemblywoman Millman sponsored the New York University Dental Van to help educate young people about the importance of early dental care. Millman said, "I am pleased to bring this important service to my young constituents because it is never too early to learn about brushing, flossing and basic preventative dental care."

Students who received the oral health screenings were treated to a "goodie bag" filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, stickers and oral health care information.

Office of Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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