Assemblywoman Joan Millman spoke out in opposition to the MTA’s proposed fare increases and service cuts at a public hearing on January 28, 2009 at the Brooklyn Marriott. The MTA’s proposal includes complete elimination of the B37, B51 and B75 buses and cutbacks to many other bus lines coupled with fare increases for regular bus and subway service and Access-A-Ride. She also submitted the signatures of over 100 riders opposed to cuts in bus service who were unable to attend the public hearing. Many of the riders that were unable to attend the hearing due to mobility issues are those that would be most impacted by the proposed changes.
"Not only does the state need to update funding levels for the MTA," said Millman, "but we also need to look to other sustainable sources of funding, such as the commuter tax. I also recently introduced legislation to allow New York City to create and operate a residential permit parking program. My bill designates that all fees collected from permits be allocated to support mass transit in New York City and it is my hope that the Mayor and City Council help make residential permit parking a reality."
Millman also called on the MTA to be open and honest about its fiscal management. There have been many reports of sloppy financial record-keeping by the MTA in addition to reports that the MTA has poorly managed many of its assets. For example, the MTA sold the Atlantic Yards property for a fraction of its appraised value and seems to be repeating this mistake with the sale of the Hudson Yards property.
The New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Education will be hosting a series of public hearings throughout the City on the subject of governance of the New York City Public School System. Parents, educators, advocates and others are encouraged to attend but must pre-register by filling out a paper form or on the committee’s web site at http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/comm/Ed/20090119/. For more assistance, please contact Assemblywoman Millman’s office.
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: New York City Technical College, Klitgord Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary Street)
WHAT: NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Education Public Hearing on School Governance
With the new legislative session beginning in Albany this January, Assemblywoman Millman reintroduced several bills that she hopes will become law this year.
Residential Permit Parking - Generates funds through a residential permit parking system to be dedicated to funding mass transit in New York City.
Reform of State Liquor Authority 200 Foot Rule - Changes the current standard for measuring the distance between a liquor establishment and a school or place o f worship from between entryways to measuring from the nearest property line of the liquor establishment to the school or place of worship.
Treatment for Rare Diseases - Extends health insurance coverage for federally-approved clinical trials likely to benefit patients suffering from life-threatening and disabling rare diseases.
Commemorating National Park(ing) Day - Commemorates National Park(ing) Day, a global event where citizens celebrate and promote the need for more park space by transforming a parking spot into a temporary public park.
Assemblywoman Joan Millman urges families to apply as soon as possible to Kindergarten in the 2009-2010 school year. To apply, families must visit all schools in person, including their child’s zoned school. Applicants must bring to each school they visit two types of proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization records and names of any siblings who will attend the school during the 2009-2010 year. Children must be five years of age by December 31, 2009 to be eligible.
"I am pleased that the DOE has not centralized kindergarten applications," said Millman. "As we experienced last spring with the attempt at centralizing pre-kindergarten applications, processing applications at an out-of-state company unfamiliar with our communities is not feasible. This year, when my Assembly colleagues and I decide whether to extend mayoral control, we will be examining whether mayoral control has improved the school system, including the application process."
As usual, schools will give priority to zoned children and those with siblings enrolled in the school for the 2009-2010 year. For detailed information, families can call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/schools.