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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December 2006 Community Report

Millman Urges Substantial Modification in Plans for Atlantic Yards
Sends joint letter with Assemblymembers Brennan and Robinson to Speaker Silver

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman, along with Assembly members James Brennan and Annette Robinson sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver urging that the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) not approve the Atlantic Yards project without significant changes.

The letter, which urges Speaker Silver to postpone the PACB vote until the new governor is sworn into office, recommends substantial downsizing of the project as it currently stands. The authors cite major concerns with the development proposal, including its overwhelming density, its override of New York City land use laws, its damaging environmental impacts, its lack of a clear auto use and mass transit plan, and the need for firm guarantees of affordable housing in the project. They request the disclosure of the project's finances and an evaluation to determine whether the project could be financially viable within the current zoning limits.

Assemblywoman Millman has consistently voiced her objections with the project throughout the approval process, and the letter to the Assembly Speaker is a reaffirmation of her concerns. "As it currently stands, this project is just too big," said Assemblywoman Millman. "The proposal for the Atlantic Yards Redevelopment Project must be reduced in size and scale. My concern is that if this project is approved without substantial changes, the environmental impacts and the added pressure to the physical and social infrastructure will have a detrimental effect on the surrounding neighborhoods."

Millman Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to Senior Citizens

Assemblywoman Millman serves dinner to seniors at the Eileen Dugan Senior Center Thanksgiving celebration.
Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman volunteered on Thanksgiving Day at Grace Church where she served Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens at an annual event sponsored by Heights & Hill Community Council, Grace Church and Cobble Hill Health Center.

This year's event was a huge success with over 175 seniors attending the Thanksgiving Dinner and over 80 volunteers were there to help serve the food.

"I volunteer at this event every year because it is a great opportunity to ensure that senior citizens have a place to go on Thanksgiving where they can eat, socialize and partake in the festivities," said Assemblywoman Millman. "Not only is the Grace Church Thanksgiving Dinner a wonderful service for the senior citizens in the community, but it is fun for all the volunteers as well. It is really an event we can all be thankful for."

Millman Continues Her Shuttle Service to Fairway
Free shuttle runs every other Wednesday roundtrip from Millman's district office to the supermarket

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman continues to sponsor a biweekly shuttle to the new Red Hook Fairway. The free roundtrip shuttle, provided by Fairway, picks up passengers every other Wednesday at 10:00 AM at Assemblywoman Millman's District Office located at 341 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens.

The shuttle service has been a huge success. Twice a month, accompanied by Assemblywoman Millman, an enthusiastic group of residents from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill takes the free trip to Fairway where they stock up on groceries, sample prepared foods, and enjoy the outdoor seating, drinking coffee or simply taking in the stunning views of the New York Harbor.

Assemblywoman Millman proposed the Fairway shuttle as a way to provide seniors and other residents in Carroll Gardens 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," said Assemblywoman Millman. "From the produce section to the seafood to the coffee bar, no one who took the shuttle left Fairway empty handed. It was clear from the positive response that this new shuttle service is the easiest way for many Carroll Gardens' residents to buy their groceries."

To reserve a seat on Assemblywoman Millman's shuttle to Fairway, please call her office at (718) 246-4889.

Assemblywoman Millman and Senator Connor Grant Brooklyn Historical Society $50,000 for Capital Improvements

Assemblywoman Millman and Senator Connor present a $50,000 check to the Brooklyn Historical Society.
On November 1, 2006 Assemblywoman Millman and State Senator Martin Connor presented a check for $50,000 to the Brooklyn Historical Society at the BHS Fall Exhibits Opening event.

The money was secured by the state legislators from the fiscal year 2005-06 budget and will be used for capital improvements to the Othmer Library. The library, which has been closed to the public for years, is undergoing renovation and technological upgrades and is slated to reopen for public use starting in 2007.

"The Brooklyn Historical Society is a wonderful institution that we are fortunate to have in our District," said Assemblywoman Millman. "As a former librarian, I am especially excited about the reopening of the Othmer Library, as the facility is a great asset and an architectural and historical treasure."

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