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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March 2008 Community Report

Update on Proposals for Public Place Site

After years of inaction, there is much progress at the Public Place site, a 5.8 acre property bordered by Smith Street and the Gowanus Canal between 5th Street and Nelson Street in Carroll Gardens. Public Place was used as a manufactured gas plant until 1974 when the property was turned over to the City. Past analyses of the soil and groundwater have revealed elevated levels of benzene, lead, mercury, chromium and zinc. Groundwater from the site continues to leak into the Gowanus Canal, polluting the waterway.

For over 10 years, the City and Keyspan, now known as National Grid, have been negotiating a cleanup plan for the site. In 1998, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and State Senator Martin Connor became involved in these negotiations by urging Keyspan to readdress the remediation of Public Place. After much discussion and negotiation, a remediation plan was reached in 2000. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Keyspan made specific plans to start the remediation of the land. The Mayor's office and the Housing Preservation and Development Agency (HPD) are monitoring the cleanup process and are creating an affordable housing plan.

Last summer, HPD put out an RFP to develop the land with guidelines to maximize the affordable and senior housing, include open space, community facilities and green architecture. After an extensive review process, two finalists have been selected, both of which contain open space, a portion of units reserved for seniors and a portion of units priced below market rate. Once a developer is chosen in the next month, the property will have to be rezoned, which requires a Uniform Land Use Review Process and an Environmental Impact Statement to ensure the land is safe for housing to be built. Then, the actual clean-up will start and, finally, building will begin. So, it may be several years before anyone can move in. Nonetheless, after 25 years of talking and planning, the process is truly moving forward.

Free Bone Density Screening

Make sure you reserve a spot for the upcoming free bone density screening, compliments of Long Island College Hospital, at Assemblywoman Millman's Brooklyn office. Bone density screening detects for signs of osteoporosis. The test offered measures the density of bones in the foot and is quick and non-invasive.

WHEN: Friday, April 4th, 2008

WHERE: Assemblywoman Millman's District Office, 341 Smith Street

WHAT: Free bone density screening

Please call Assemblywoman Millman's office at 718-246-4889 to make an appointment.

Millman Introduces SUNY/CUNY Cares Act

Assemblywoman Millman added clarifying language to a bill she introduced last session. The SUNY/CUNY Cares Act, A.9284-a, allows the SUNY/CUNY administrations to develop and implement programs that would distribute consumer goods left behind by students to local not-for-profits. Currently, the institutions' staff are responsible for disposing of the items left behind, many of which ultimately end up at the local landfill. If enacted, A.9284-a would benefit community not-for-profits and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.

"A huge opportunity exists for our academic institutions to participate in reducing waste while supporting local not-for-profits," stated Millman. "With 87 schools in the SUNY and CUNY systems, the impact would be significant. This would provide a new resource for not-for-profit organizations for new or gently-used consumer goods or the funds to supplement area programs."

Celebrate William Steig!

Did you know children's book author William Steig was a Brooklynite? As part of the National Education Association's Read-Aloud Day, Assemblywoman Millman will read one of Mr. Steig's classics to children at the Carroll Gardens Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

WHEN: Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 3:30 PM

WHERE: Carroll Gardens Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 396 Clinton Street (at Union Street)

WHAT: Assemblywoman Millman reads aloud to children from one of William Steig's books



Students from P.S. 58 visited Assemblywoman Millman's office to give thanks for her efforts on behalf of the community. The students brought several zinnia plants that they planted. The visit was part of the class' celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s contributions to society.

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