CONTACT ASSEMBLYWOMAN MILLMAN
District Office: 341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 246-4889 • Fax:(718) 246-4895 • E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am eagerly looking forward to the 2007 legislative session. As a member of the New York State Assembly since February, 1997, I have only worked with one governor, a governor who vetoed several pieces of my legislation. I anticipate many changes after Eliot Spitzer is sworn in as governor. I am hopeful, for example, that heads of agencies and departments and Commissioners will be selected based on their abilities and areas of expertise and that they will be more responsive to our concerns and issues.
Additionally Mr. Spitzer campaigned on several areas of particular interest to me. The need to reform the business as usual climate which exists in Albany will require a strong leader and I believe Eliot Spitzer is such a leader. Agreements reached by both Houses this past spring included reforming the budget process and bringing more transparency and accountability to the process. Creating an independent budget office will give the legislature needed information on both revenue and the fiscal impact of proposed laws. In my spring newsletter I will be able to report on just how much change has taken place.
Locally I hosted our annual Senior Fair which was a huge success, our flu shot program, and our Wednesday trips to the Fairway Supermarket. You can read more about these events inside the newsletter. Also please take advantage of our useful alternate side of the street parking calendar by completing the form in this newsletter.
I also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.
Protecting Our Emergency Services
Since I was arrested in 2003 for protesting the closure of Engine 204 in Cobble Hill, it has been my fear that the FDNY would never return to that site. Unfortunately that fear may now be confirmed. That is why this past October I joined Councilman Bill DeBlasio at a press conference protesting the City’s sale of the Engine 204 firehouse to private developers. With the increased development in the area and the influx of residents to Brooklyn, we need to ensure that we have basic safety services in the neighborhood. I have always maintained that the City needs to plan and provide infrastructure first, before it supports development.
Furthermore, I am concerned about preserving the historically valuable building which has housed Engine 204 since as far back as 1855. I recently wrote a letter to Commissioner Lawrence Tierney calling upon the Landmarks Preservation Commission to inspect the building and grant it Landmark status.
Recently, an EMS facility was located near the Cobble Hill neighborhood. While that may help in providing emergency services to the neighborhood, it will never replace the firehouse.
Speaking Out on The Atlantic Yards
This past summer I attended and testified at the hearing for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project. Chief among my many concerns about the proposed development are the impacts on services and infrastructure, and the overwhelming scale of the project. Below is an excerpt from that testimony:
Countless community groups, community planners, and constituents have all contacted me objecting to the overwhelming scale of this project. I agreed with them when I voiced my objections in a testimony almost one year ago, and I agree with them now: the project is simply too large. Nothing has been done on the part of the developer to reduce the project’s scale by a meaningful amount in order to minimize the project’s impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Until the developer substantially reduces the density and scale of this project and makes a commitment to protecting the affected social services and infrastructure, I cannot support the process moving forward.
Postal Service Returns to Eileen Dugan Senior Center
After several months of service cuts, I am proud to announce that postal service has returned to the Eileen C. Dugan Senior Center. After learning of the service cuts, I contacted the Brooklyn Postmaster to demand the post office restore its satellite service to the Dugan Center.
Since October 17th, representatives from the U.S. Post Office have been stationed at the senior center two days each week to pick up packages, process money orders, and sell stamps. This service is vital for seniors due to the lack of postal facilities in or near the Carroll Gardens neighborhood.
Postal service at the Dugan Center is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-1pm. I am pleased to see that the post office restored what is a necessary service to seniors in the area. It is unreasonable to expect seniors to travel such long distances to send packages or to access other postal services.
Free Services to Make the Community More Accessible, Healthy, and Educated
This fall, I have sponsored several events to provide services to the community: a biweekly shuttle to the Red Hook Fairway, flu shots administered by nurses from Long Island College Hospital, my Senior Fair at P.S. 58, and the presentation of New York State certificates to school children throughout the District who completed my 2006 Summer Reading Challenge.
SHUTTLE TO FAIRWAY
Starting in August, I have been sponsoring a free shuttle bus from my District Office to the Fairway in Red Hook. The shuttle leaves at 10:00 AM every other Wednesday and returns to my office at around 12:00 PM. I proposed the Fairway shuttle as a way to provide seniors and other residents of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill with easier access to the new supermarket in Red Hook, a much needed service for a neighborhood with dwindling grocery shopping options. With the free shuttle, the Fairway is now accessible to the whole community, not just people living in the immediate vicinity or those with cars.
On October 12th and 13th, I hosted my third annual flu shots program in my District Office. This year, nurses from Long Island College Hospital administered the vaccine to over 150 local residents. Access to flu shots is an important public health initiative, especially for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. I am pleased that I was able to provide this service early in the flu season to make sure that individuals received the vaccine before they get sick.
On October 20th, I sponsored my 2006 Senior Fair at Public School 58. The event brought together over 175 seniors from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope. Twenty-eight organizations attended my Fair to share information about the services that are locally available to seniors, and to provide some of those services for free at the event. The participating organizations included city, state and non-governmental agencies, local senior centers, legal and medical service groups, and many more. My annual Senior Fair is a one-stop shopping trip for local seniors to receive information, access medical, financial and legal services as well as socialize with other seniors.
SUMMER READING CERTIFICATES
In October and November I visited Public Schools 29, 58, and 261 to present New York State certificates to the students who completed my 2006 Summer Reading Challenge. My ninth annual Summer Reading Challenge was a success yet again, with dozens of children participating throughout the District. The Challenge was designed to help parents encourage their children to read on a regular basis during their summer vacation. To complete the Summer Reading Challenge, youngsters must check off on the provided calendar that they have read (or a parent has read to them) for at least 15 minutes on 40 days during the months of July and August. As a former librarian, it is great to see so many children participating. There really should be an award for the parents, too, for helping their kids make reading a habit.
Outstanding Community Organization
Families First is a not-for-profit parenting center dedicated to nurturing families with young children in brownstone Brooklyn. Established in 1979 to welcome new families to the brownstone neighborhoods, Families First has been providing a safe “home away from home” in Cobble Hill for over 25 years. Families First is a great place for children to showcase their creative talents, with separate well-equipped rooms for Drop-In, art, computers, classes and a large open space for energetic free play. There is a full roster of children’s classes, from KinderMusik, Arts & Crafts, Mom & Me Ballet, Story-Drama, Japanese Painting to Structured Playgroups. Additionally, there are classes for grown-ups, including New Moms Discussion groups, Memoirs for Moms, Tango and Milonga, Infant and Child CPR, and workshops in child development, and behavior and family dynamics in the evenings throughout the membership year.
The Center is a membership-based volunteer organization run by parents on the Board of Directors. The year-round calendar of events and activities offers plenty of options for families to learn, play, and celebrate in the community. Many parents form lasting bonds of friendship and community as they get involved with Families First.
Extended Doe Fund Clean-Up Service
I am pleased to announce that the Doe Fund Inc. will now extend their cleaning service program to the Carroll Street subway entrance on the corner of Smith Street and 2nd Place. The plaza in front of the subway stop had become a haven for litter. After learning about the problem at a recent Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association meeting, I immediately contacted the Downtown Brooklyn Council and urged them to extend the effective Doe Fund program further south on Smith Street.
The Doe Fund, a non-profit organization that seeks to end the cycle of homelessness though paid work programs, has made a tremendous difference in the cleanliness of Smith Street. Its efforts will go a long way in maintaining the Carroll Street subway stop entrance. We have to stay on top of these issues in order to maintain Smith Street’s reputation as one of the top destinations in Brooklyn.
DID YOU KNOW ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING REGULATIONS WERE SUSPENDED ON 48 DAYS DURING 2006?
Next year’s alternate side parking schedule is coming soon!
If you would like to receive a copy of the 2007 New York City Parking Calendar when it comes out, fill out this coupon and send it to Assemblywoman Millman’s office at: 341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 or call (718) 246-4889, or e-mail email@example.com.