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 2007 Community Report

Millman Partners with Fairway Market to Deliver Thanksgiving Turkeys

On Tuesday, November 20th, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman delivered free turkeys to five neighborhood organizations. The turkeys were donated by Fairway Market, continuing a program started last year by Fairway and the Assemblywoman.

"I am happy to be able to partner with Fairway for a second consecutive year to assist these five wonderful community organizations," stated Millman. "Thanksgiving is a time not only to be grateful for our friends and family but also to think about the world around us and help those less fortunate. The free turkeys will enable these organizations to provide a delicious Thanksgiving meal to people in need."

The following community organizations received donated turkeys: the Raices Times Plaza Senior Center, the Prospect Park YMCA, the HOPE Program of Brooklyn, CHIPS (Christian Help in Park Slope) and the Eileen C. Dugan Senior Center.

Millman Joins Park Slope Merchants in Launching Shop Local Campaign

Assemblywoman Millman joined the Park Slope Civic Council on November 13th to introduce its Shop Local Campaign. The goal of the Shop Local Campaign is to encourage shoppers to choose locally-owned businesses over national retailers. Research has shown that money spent in locally-owned businesses has a positive impact on the community, whereas money spent at a national retail store is less likely to be re-spent in the community.

As part of the Shop Local Campaign, yellow community umbrellas with the "Buy in Brooklyn" logo will be available at local businesses. These umbrellas are free for residents to use and must be returned to participating businesses which will display "Buy in Brooklyn" window stickers.

"This holiday season our locally-owned businesses really stand to benefit from the Shop Local Campaign," said Assemblywoman Millman. "I hope people will to visit local businesses and use the bright yellow umbrellas to help spread the message."

Millman Opposes MTA Proposal to Raise Fares

Assemblywoman Millman joined Borough Presidents Marty Markowitz and Scott Stringer and her colleagues in the State Assembly and Senate to publicly express their concerns about MTA plans to increase fares. The proposal would increase base fares by $0.25 per ride.

"Our obligation as elected officials is to ensure public agencies are properly managed and funded," said Millman. "We are just asking the MTA to give us some time to do our job."

Millman was one of many elected officials and community groups to send a letter to the MTA urging they delay any fare increase until the State legislature has the opportunity to increase funding. The State has not increased funding for the MTA in ten years.

Donate to the Food Drive

Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is working with the Kings County District Attorney's Office and the Family Justice Center to coordinate food donations for domestic violence victims. Donations must be non-perishable and will be collected at Assemblywoman Millman's district office at 341 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens.

Additional questions about the food drive may be directed to the Kings County DA's office at 718-250-3739 or the Family Justice Center at 718-250-5083.


Assemblywoman Millman was honored recently with the FDR Award for Political Advocacy (pictured above with Assemblymember Jim Brennan). The award recognizes an elected official who advocates for issues affecting people with disabilities.

Named after Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the 504 Club is dedicated to fighting for disability rights and encouraging people with disabilities to become active in the political process.

"I am extremely honored to receive the FDR Award," stated Millman. "We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. I plan to keep fighting to ensure that disabled citizens have equal access to schools, jobs, homes and public transportation."

Register to Vote in the Presidential Primaries

If you would like to vote in the February 5th Presidential Primary, the deadline to register to vote is January 11, 2008.

For more information, or to request a voter registration form, you may contact the Board of Elections via the Web at via phone at 718-797-8800 or in person at 345 Adams Street.

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