"From protecting funding for public education to mayoral control to special education, I have firsthand knowledge of the issues," said Millman. "I look forward to taking an active role on this committee and sharing my expertise as a former educator."
Throughout her career, Assemblywoman Millman has been a strong advocate for education. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Brooklyn, worked for many years as a public school librarian and eventually became a New York City Department of Education facilitator and coordinator for Districts 3, 4, and 15.
This month, the Education Committee will be holding a public hearing in Brooklyn so concerned citizens can express their views on mayoral control of schools. The hearing will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:00 am at the New York City Technical College Klitgord Auditorium located at 285 Jay Street. Attendees must pre-register with the committee by completing a form on the committee’s website at http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/comm/Ed/20090119/
Many hardworking New York families may be eligible for the federal, state and city earned income tax credits. In order to qualify for these credits, an individual must have a valid Social Security number, reside in New York City, and meet certain income requirements. For more information about the federal tax credit, visit the Internal Revenue Service web site at www.irs.gov, and for more information about the state and city credit, visit www.tax.state.ny.us
"Eligible families can receive over $6,000 in combined federal, state and city tax credits," Millman explained. "In this year’s economic climate, it is especially important for all eligible families to apply. Thanks to legislation I supported in the Assembly, the state created an Earned Income Tax Credit and, in 2002, increased it to 30 percent of the federal tax credit."
Last month Assemblywoman Joan Millman joined her Assembly colleagues in passing a legislative package designed to strengthen rent regulation laws. A majority of city residents are renters, making them vulnerable to an unpredictable market. Among the reforms passed this week, these bills would increase harassment penalties on landlords, limit a building-owners’ ability to use a rent-regulated apartment for personal use, increase rent and income deregulation thresholds, and extend the recovery time for major capital improvement expenses.
"Housing is not a privilege - it is a basic right," stated Millman. "I am pleased that after years of our efforts to pass these reforms, there is finally hope that the leadership in the Senate will also pass this package and it can become law. These reforms will protect many of those who protect us - our teachers, firefighters, cops and nurses. The bills will take some of the pressure off hardworking families and keep more affordable housing within reach of all New Yorkers."
It’s time for another U.S. Census, which means census employees may be going door-to-door in your neighborhood. Keep in mind that the federal government needs census figures to allocate funding for everything from schools and hospitals to our roads. Each household should receive a census questionnaire either in the mail or by hand-delivery. The questionnaire, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese, contains ten simple questions and should take no longer than ten minutes to complete. All of your answers must be kept private by law, and cannot be shared with anyone, including the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or any other government agency.
If you are interested in a temporary job with the U.S. Census, you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 1-866-861-2010 or on the web at www.census.gov/2010 census. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.
*Seniors, disabled individuals, active military and recipients of the State Real Property Circuit-Breaker Income Tax Credit are exempt from lien sales
*For a property tax lien, contact the NYC Dept. of Finance at 212-504-4039. If you are a senior citizen, call 212 504-4037 for special assistance.
*For outstanding sewer or water payments, contact the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection at 718-595-7000
*For additional information on the web, visit www.nyc.gov/finance.
WHAT: The Historic Districts Council is hosting an informative Coffee Talk with a representative of the NYC Dept. of City Planning
WHEN: Monday, April 6, 8:30 am to 10:30 am
WHERE: The Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E 11th Street, New York, New York
You must register for this FREE event by calling the Historic Districts Council at 212-614-9107.