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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April 2007 Community Report

Millman, Assembly Pass Legislation to Aid Small Businesses, Encourage Entrepreneurs
Measures help small businesses meet environmental laws, find niche markets

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman announced that the Assembly passed a series of bills to help small businesses achieve success in today's challenging markets. Assemblywoman Millman said the legislative package is an important tool for small businesses, one of the key foundations of New York's economy.

The package encourages entrepreneurs by helping businesses comply with environmental policies, reduce energy costs and find niche markets. Additionally, the legislation creates micro-business outreach centers, establishes a grant program for small-scale food operations, and provides zero or low-interest loans for energy efficiency projects, further allowing small businesses to grow and create new jobs.

While large corporations have established inroads to gaining state or federal aid, Assemblywoman Millman said smaller companies are too often overlooked. She said this legislation provides equal access to vital financial support.

"Small businesses and budding entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to thrive that larger companies enjoy," Assemblywoman Millman said. "According to U.S. Census data, small businesses are the source of up to 80 percent of all new jobs, but without assistance many of these businesses wouldn't be able to get off the ground. In my district we have seen an unsettling trend of large chains - banks, pharmacies, fast food restaurants - displacing the locally owned small business, and it is high time for the legislature to step in to level the playing field."

Millman Sworn in for Sixth Term in Assembly
Celebration commemorates ten years in office serving the 52nd Assembly District

On Sunday, March 4, 2007, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman was sworn in for her sixth term in the New York State Assembly. Assemblywoman Millman has represented the 52nd Assembly District since she took office after winning a special election in February, 1997 - ten years ago. Nearly 300 constituents and friends attended the ceremony in celebration of over a decade of service.

The swearing-in ceremony, which took place at Public School 58 in Carroll Gardens, featured performances by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the P.S. 58 orchestra, and Boy Scout Troops 213 and 815. Guest speakers at the event included State Senator Martin Connor, former Deputy School Chancellor Carmen Farina, and NYC Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno. Honorable Michael Pesce of the New York State Supreme Court formally conducted the swearing-in, and Father Sansone, Pastor of Sacred Heart - St. Stephen church, and Rabbi Potasnik, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Mt. Sinai, also offered words of encouragement at the ceremony.

"I am proud to have represented this unique and diverse community for ten years as Assemblywoman," said Assemblywoman Millman. "I look forward to continuing to serve the District in partnership with a new governor and a new administration."

Millman Introduces Legislation to Reduce Tax Burden on New York City Home Owners

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman introduced Assembly Bill A.5823, which would include owner-occupied properties with up to four units in the same tax bracket as properties with up to three units. This legislation would allow owners who live in a four unit building to rent the other three units without their property being considered an "income producing property" which is taxed at a substantially higher rate.

Assemblywoman Millman said that the new bill would correct an inadequacy in the tax law by changing the classification of owner occupied buildings with up to four units to "private family homes with rental units" rather than "income producing properties". Under the current law, there is a huge difference in tax rates between an owner-occupied property with three units and one with four units. This discrepancy creates an incentive for property owners to consolidate their buildings from four units to three, thus reducing the overall number of rental units available.

"This legislation will ease an undue financial burden on property owners who wish to rent out the other units in their building," said Assemblywoman Millman. "We need to make this change in order to eliminate the incentive for owners to consolidate rental units in their buildings to save money on their taxes. Homeownership is hard enough in this city, we should not discourage homeowners with an antiquated tax policy."

Millman's Fifth Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest is a Huge Success

Assemblywoman Millman with the winners of her 2007 Women's History Month Essay Contest.
On Saturday, March 24, 2007, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman hosted the awards ceremony for her Fifth Annual Women's History Month Essay Contest, titled "Generations of Women Moving History Forward." Over 100 students from several schools, both public and private, participated in the contest, and many of the students and their families were in attendance at the awards ceremony at the Dodge YMCA.

An outstanding panel of community leaders judged the essay contest, including, Linda Blyer, Director of Families First, Inc., Marilyn Gelber, Executive Director of Independence Community Foundation, Jacqueline Jefferson, former librarian at New York College of Technology, Martha Kamber, Executive Director of the YWCA of Brooklyn, Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Ellen Spodek, Justice of the Civil Court, Kings County.

The essays were divided into three categories, 3rd and 4th Grades, 5th and 6th Grades, and 7th and 8th Grades. The winners in each category were asked to read a portion of their essays to the audience and were awarded a $50.00 government savings bond donated by Fidelis Care. Additionally, all participants were presented with a New York State Assembly Certificate by Assemblywoman Millman to recognize their efforts.

"I am encouraged by the overwhelming participation in this year's Women's History Month Essay Contest," said Assemblywoman Joan Millman. "This contest is a great opportunity for all of us to recognize the important contributions to society that women make every day. For five years now, my essay contest has been a fun way for students to learn and write about women who serve as great role models. But it is the parents and teachers who continue to make this event a success, encouraging the participation of students from ten different schools throughout the district."

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