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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JOAN L. MILLMAN
52nd ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

February 2007 Community Report

Millman Submits Testimony on Proposed Merger
of Keyspan and National Grid

On January 17, 2007, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman submitted testimony at a Public Service Commission hearing on the proposed merger of Keyspan and National Grid. In her testimony, Assemblywoman Millman urged that National Grid continue the public rehabilitation projects that Keyspan has undertaken in Brooklyn, including the remediation of the Public Place Site, a former manufactured gas plant near the Gowanus Canal in her Assembly District.

Assemblywoman Millman also stressed that National Grid should maintain the location of Keyspan headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn, in order to facilitate on-going community relations. Keyspan has been a vital part of the Downtown Brooklyn community adding jobs and commerce to the area.

Assemblywoman Millman noted that the sheer size of National Grid, an international energy conglomerate, is a stark contrast to the local roots of Keyspan, and steps must be taken to ensure that the merger does not compromise involvement in the local community.

"Almost ten years ago when Keyspan merged with Brooklyn Union Gas, community relations remained constant as did the location of the Brooklyn headquarters," said Assemblywoman Millman in her testimony. "I urge National Grid to continue that legacy. With these suggestions in place I hope that we can continue a working relationship with our new neighbor National Grid."


Assemblywoman Joan Millman Requests Your Presence at Her Swearing-In Ceremony

Celebrating Over a Decade in Office

March 4, 2007
2:00 - 5:00 PM
P.S. 58, 330 Smith Street
(between Carroll Street and 1st Place)

Reception to follow - All are welcome!

Please RSVP to
assemblybrooklyn@yahoo.com
or call 718-246-4889

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Assemblywoman Joan Millman addresses a group of teachers and school administrators at P.S. 58 in Carroll Gardens where she was asked to speak about the importance of reduced class size to teaching and learning.


Millman Hosts Fifth Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest
All students in the district are invited to participated - Awards Ceremony to be held on March 24th

In honor of Women's History Month, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is sponsoring her fifth annual Women's History Month Essay Contest. Once again, Assemblywoman Millman is inviting students from every school in the district to participate. The theme for this year's National Women's History Month is "Generations of Women Moving History Forward," recognizing the wisdom and tenacity of the generations of women who have come before us and those who will follow. This year's topic presents special opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate the courage, determination, and steadfastness needed to move history forward.

With this theme in mind, students in grades 3-8 can participate by writing an essay, no longer then 500 words in length. Students must include the reason for their selection and an explanation of how his or her selection's accomplishments helped to make progress for future generations. The essays will be divided into three categories (Category 1: 3rd and 4th grades; Category 2: 5th and 6th grades; Category 3: 7th and 8th grades) and will be judged by a panel of female community leaders. First, second, and third place winners in each categories will receive a $50 U.S. savings bond. Last year, nearly 200 students from ten public, private, and parochial schools participated in Assemblywoman Millman's Essay Contest.

Students and their families, teachers, and principals are invited to attend the awards ceremony where all participants will be honored with a New York State Assembly certificate. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Dodge YMCA at 225 Atlantic Avenue from 10AM - 12PM. Those interested in participating should submit an essay to my District Office at 341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 no later than Wednesday, March 7th.


Millman Testifies Against Sale of Cobble Hill Firehouse

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On January 24, 2007, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman delivered testimony at a public hearing held by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in opposition to the proposed sale of the Engine Co. 204 firehouse in Cobble Hill. In her testimony, Assemblywoman Millman urged the city to maintain ownership of the building at least until the effects of the firehouse closure on neighborhood fire response times can be determined.

Assemblywoman Millman also recommended that the building be designated landmark status. Engine Co. 204 has operated at this location since 1855 and is of historical significance. Concerned that this invaluable resource could be lost as the City seeks top dollar and sells it to developers looking to demolish the firehouse and build luxury housing, Assemblywoman Millman also recommended that consideration be given to permit a community based organization use of the firehouse at a reduced rent. As the use of the firehouse is further studied, a non-profit organization would be providing a community benefit.

"There is unprecedented amount of development occurring in the neighborhood and there will be a greater demand on City services," said Assemblywoman Millman in her testimony. "Until we determine what that demand is, I am certain we should not dispose of such a valuable as the Engine Co. 204 firehouse."

Office of Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 246-4889
millmaj@assembly.state.ny.us


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