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 2007 Community Report

Assemblymember Joan L. Millman Submitted Testimony at City Council Hearing on Preserving Engine Co. 204 Firehouse
Mayor's Office listens to community outcry - the property will be leased, not sold

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman submitted testimony on May 15, 2007 at a New York City Council Land Use Subcommittee on Planning and Dispositions hearing in support of the ULURP application to lease, rather than sell the firehouse building at 299 DeGraw Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Assemblywoman Millman testified after the Mayor's Office announced that that firehouse building will be leased rather than sold, a temporary solution that Assemblywoman Millman has been fighting for since the firehouse closed.

In her testimony, Assemblywoman Millman highlighted that the recent explosion of residential development in the area has increased the need for safety services. Millman argued that the firehouse building must remain under City ownership until the effects of the firehouse closure on the neighborhood and the future demand for FDNY services are determined.

Leasing the building until the future needs for the firehouse are studied in greater detail allows the City to reopen the facility if it is deemed necessary, whereas the sale of the building would all but eliminate that possibility. Assemblywoman Millman's testimony called for the building to be used by a non-profit organization or a government agency for the duration of the lease to provide services to the ever-growing population of school aged children in the neighborhood, another opportunity that would likely be lost if the property were permanently sold.

"The sale of Engine 204 would demonstrate a permanent lack of commitment to protecting the safety of residents in Cobble Hill," said Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman. "At a time when Downtown Brooklyn's population is booming and local businesses are thriving, we continue to need the protection of New York's Bravest. I applaud the Mayor's Office for taking my concerns into consideration and agreeing to lease rather than sell the firehouse building until a long term solution can be reached."

Millman Celebrates EMS Week, Visits New FDNY EMS Station 32

On Sunday May 20, 2007, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman visited the new FDNY EMS Station 32 in celebration of EMS Week in New York City. Assemblywoman Millman met with Emergency Medical Technicians from Long Island College Hospital, the New York City Fire Department, the Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps and members of the Community Board 6 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The EMS Week celebration included public tours of the new EMS Station, free health screenings, ambulance and equipment demonstrations, as well as games, prizes and a cookout.

"The EMS Station 32 is a great new facility," said Assemblywoman Millman. "Residents of this neighborhood are reassured knowing that so many trained medical experts are serving our community with a proven commitment to helping those in need of emergency assistance."

Millman Introduces Legislation to Restrict Campaign "Robocalls"

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman introduced Assembly Bill 8550, legislation that will place restrictions on prerecorded political campaign phone call practices. Assemblywoman Millman's legislation will stop the glut of so-called "robocalls," the seemingly endless stream of automated calls that can often occur late at night.

"Robocalls" are a common and effective method to promote a candidate during election season as well as raise voter awareness. Candidates and their supporting campaign committees and organizations have an equal right to free speech. This bill acknowledges the rights of the First Amendment while targeting those who abuse the system by placing too many calls at inappropriate hours. "It's time to stop the constant intrusion," Assemblywoman Millman said, adding, "Political candidates and interest groups should not think they have unfettered access to our homes."

To curb this practice, Assemblywoman Millman has proposed some clear restrictions and guidelines. Robocalls may be placed between nine in the morning and six in the evening. Candidates will be limited to one robocall per calendar day to a particular phone number. To clarify who the call is from, Assemblywoman Millman wants a robocall's phone number to be displayed for caller identification and the party that is calling must identify itself at the start of the message.

Penalties for campaigns or committees that violate these regulations will be severe. A first violation comes with a $5000 fine. A second violation in a twelve month period means being prohibited from making any political campaign robocalls. Enforcement will be carried out by county and city boards of election.

Assemblywoman Millman said, "Placing simple restrictions on when and how often a prerecorded call may take place will standardize campaigning via the telephone and reduce frustration among potential voters." This legislation joins New York with other states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania that have also introduced similar measures."

Millman Speaks at Local School Graduation Ceremonies

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman attended a graduation ceremony at the AMICO Court Street Children's Center. All the graduating preschool students received New York State certificates of merit.
On June 1, 2007 Assemblywoman Millman attended her first graduation ceremony of 2007, the preschool graduation of the American-Italian Coalition of Organizations, Inc. (AMICO) Court Street Children's Center.

Assemblywoman Millman congratulated the students and their families and presented each graduate with a New York State certificate of merit in commemoration of the occasion. Over the next month, Assemblywoman Millman and her staff will speak at several other graduation ceremonies of schools at all levels throughout the district.

"I am honored to be able to share this special day with the students and their families," said Assemblywoman Millman. "I always take this opportunity to remind the graduates of the importance of a strong education, and I wish them luck in all of their future endeavors."

Millman and Senator Connor Sponsor Senior Fair

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM






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