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

April 2008 Community Report

Millman Secures State Grant to Study Clean-up of Gowanus Canal

In March, funding was finalized for a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant of $275,137 to be distributed to Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus and the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation. The Assembly Speaker, Senate Majority Leader and Governor signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which releases the funding to the community groups. The grant is designated to complete a Nomination Study for five brownfield sites along the Gowanus Canal and the canal itself.

Long neglected, the Gowanus Canal and surrounding areas were once home to sizeable shipping and industrial areas. Following the decline of those businesses, the waterway and its banks have remained dangerously contaminated for decades. Analysis of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding brownfield sites have revealed elevated levels of benzene, lead, mercury, chromium and zinc. Currently, federal, state, and local governments, along with several community organizations, are collaborating to establish and implement a clean-up plan.

"We are making giant strides in the clean-up of the Gowanus and surrounding brownfields," said Millman. "I thank my colleagues State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz for working with me to secure funding for this much-needed study. In addition, I applaud these organizations for their commitment to improving the health and safety of the Gowanus community."


Millman Applauds Independence Community Foundation for $1.5 Million Grant to Revamp Prospect Park Recreation Facilities

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Assemblywoman Millman joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, park administrators, community leaders and young patrons of Prospect Park's Kate Wollman Rink to celebrate a generous $1.5 million grant from the Independence Community Foundation. The grant will be used in the upcoming renovation of the Park's Lakeside Center, which includes the construction of two new ice skating rinks to replace the aging rink. To celebrate the grant, the entrance fee to the Wollman Rink was waived for the entire day.

"We are all anxiously awaiting the modernization of the Lakeside Center," said Millman. "I thank the Independence Community Foundation for their great contribution to this project. It will be well-used for many generations to come."


Public Employees Federation Region 11 Honors Millman

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Assemblywoman Millman was honored as a Distinguished Legislator of 2008, along with State Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Helen Weinstein, by the Region 11 Public Employees Federation at its annual Women in Leadership luncheon. The event also honored female outstanding leadership and service by members and retirees of the union. The Public Employees Federation Region 11 includes Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens and represents 57,000 professional, technical and scientific state employees.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized along with these amazing women," Millman said. "I know that many of them have served the Public Employees Federation diligently for many years, without ever asking for recognition. This event is a tribute to their contributions."


Millman Joins Brooklyn Assembly Delegation in Expressing Concern about NYC Department for the Aging's "Modernization" Plan

Assemblywoman Millman and her Brooklyn Assembly colleagues sent a joint letter to Mayor Bloomberg urging the administration reconsider plans to restructure the Department for the Aging (DFTA), specifically regarding policies for the Meals on Wheels program and an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) process for senior centers.

The members of the delegation urged DFTA stop the plan until there is a comprehensive version available. For example, DFTA's current plan to RFP senior centers simultaneously will be an overwhelming task for both service providers and DFTA - accomplishing this task will be difficult without numerous seniors falling through the cracks.

In addition, DFTA has stated that certain senior centers may be closed but has not specified which ones they have targeted. The delegation shared its concerns that meals and services may be taken out of their districts leading to a loss of services for a growing senior population. In Assemblywoman Millman's district, a number of organizations and senior centers provide a wide array of services such as daily meals, transportation, organization of outings and trips, English as a Second Language classes, recreational activities and health programs.


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

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