Millman Coordinates Donations for Domestic Violence Victims

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Again this year, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes teamed up to collect donations for victims of domestic violence and their families served by the Family Justice Center. Assemblywoman Millman’s office was one of the collection sites for the drive which began in November. Suggested donations not only included food, but also shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, diapers and baby food.

"I am humbled by the outpouring of donations this year, and thank neighborhood residents for their generosity," said Millman. "This wonderful program, made possible by District Attorney Hynes, intervenes to help domestic violence victims and their families. It is a model that should be emulated throughout the country as an effective way of combating domestic violence."

The Family Justice Center offers a wide variety of services to victims of domestic violence in the areas of housing, public assistance, criminal justice and counseling. Providing these services all under one roof ensures that domestic violence victims only have to visit one office. The center employs 151 individuals from city and state agencies, universities and community and religious organizations.

Be Green in 2010: MulchFest and Electronics Recycling Events

Turn your Christmas tree into mulch! On Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 10th from 10 am to 2 pm, the NYC Parks Department will recycle trees into material that will be used in city parks. Locations in the 52nd Assembly District are Cobble Hill Park (Verandah Pl. and Clinton St.) and Prospect Park (Third St. and Prospect Park West).

Recycle unwanted electronics! Thanks to the Lower East Side Ecology Center, NYC Parks and Con Edison, an event to safely recycle electronics will take place on Sunday, January 17th from 10 am to 4 pm at Prospect Park (Third St. and Prospect Park West). Bring items such as computers, printers, scanners, network devices, TVs, VCRs, DVD players and cell phones. At this time, home appliances, such as microwaves and refrigerators, cannot be accepted.

Millman Speaks on Recent MTA Proposal

Many residents of the 52nd Assembly District have expressed their concerns about the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) plan to cut funding for student Metrocards, reduce Access-a-Ride service, lay off MTA employees and decrease bus and subway service. At a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, of which Assemblywoman Millman is a member, she testified against this proposal. The hearing was an opportunity to discuss and examine the MTA’s future policies, planning and finances.

Assemblywoman Millman says, "After fighting to prevent service cuts last year, like the B75 bus line, it is a shame so many MTA services again are being threatened. I will work to find permanent funding from the city and state that will allow the MTA to continue its operations and capital projects without having to scramble year after year to keep the system running."

Assemblywoman Millman proposes several solutions to improve the MTA’s financial situation. She is one of few Assemblymembers from New York City that voted against the repeal of the commuter tax. The commuter tax was an additional source of revenue for the MTA, but was repealed in 1999. In addition, she has demanded better management of MTA-owned facilities. For example, it is believed that the MTA could have sold the Atlantic Yards property for a greater profit. Other MTA assets, including a building located at 370 Jay Street, remain vacant. Also, she is the sponsor of a bill in the Assembly to create a residential permit parking system for New York City in which all revenue would be devoted to public transportation.

Several factors have contributed to the MTA’s current financial crisis. First, the MTA has a history of poor financial planning. In the past, state funding has been directed to other systems in the MTA while New York City transit has been inadequately funded. Although a new payroll tax recently was created to provide funds for the MTA, high unemployment has contributed to lower-than-expected revenue. In addition, the MTA was not prepared for a state Supreme Court ruling that it pay an 11.5 percent wage increase to many employees over the next three years.

Millman Visits Urban Assembly High School for Law and Justice

On Tuesday, December 8th, Assemblywoman Millman toured the Urban Assembly High School for Law and Justice, located at 283 Adams Street. The Urban Assembly School, which moved into its Adams Street location in 2008, focuses on legal studies and issues of social. The school integrates community partners, including Brooklyn Law School, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney, and the Vera Institute of Justice.

"As the principal, Shannon Curran, led the tour, I was struck that she knew the name of each student we met," said Millman. "Clearly, this school feels a tight-knit sense of community among students, faculty and administration. It is this environment that encourages success, proven by the school’s high graduations rate and the large percentage of graduates continuing their education in college. I commend the hard work of the administration and faculty, and, of course students, at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice."

The program actively engages students by partnering them with community mentors and a faculty advisor. The close proximity to Downtown Brooklyn’s courts provides the perfect setting for high school students engaged in legal studies. Although many classes focus on legal studies, math and science are also an important part of the curriculum. For more information, you can visit http://www.sljhs.org/

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