Local Elected Officials Rally to Protest Proposed MTA Cuts

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Assemblywoman Joan Millman was joined by New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, representatives of New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, and members of the community to protest the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) proposed cuts to local bus lines. The group also urged the MTA to reconsider its plans to cut funding for student Metrocards, reduce Access-a-Ride service, lay off MTA employees and decrease subway service. The rally was held in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, at the intersection of two bus lines facing cuts.

"The MTA’s proposed service cuts to bus, subway and Access-a-Ride would make traveling to Downtown Brooklyn from many neighborhoods in my Assembly District nearly impossible for scores of elderly and disabled riders," said Assemblywoman Joan Millman. "Even subway stations that have elevators or escalators require riders to climb some stairs. Buses are not only easier to board, but deliver riders closer to their destinations. While we are in the midst of the worst recession this country has faced in over 75 years and the state must make difficult financial decisions, public transportation is an absolute necessity. We must look at every available option to sustain mass transit, including reinstituting the commuter tax, maximizing the MTA’s real estate assets and creating a residential permit parking system. Mass transit provides intangible long-term benefits to the overall health and growth of our city. No one wants to return to the dark days of the late 1970s. The MTA must clean up its act and stop trying to balance their books on the backs of New York’s transit riders."

YOU CAN SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE MTA’S PROPOSAL, TOO!

Assemblywoman Millman encourages you to add your voice to the chorus of opposition to the MTA’s latest proposal.

Testify at the MTA’s public hearing! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 6 pm so that you can attend the MTA public hearing at the Brooklyn Museum Cantor Auditorium, located at 200 Eastern Parkway. This will be the only public hearing in Brooklyn!

Sign Assemblywoman Millman’s petition! In her District Office, located at 341 Smith Street, there is a petition for concerned riders to sign. These petitions will be delivered to the MTA by Assemblywoman Millman at the public hearing.


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Millman Calls upon Women to Enter Public Service

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Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman joined Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs and Binghampton City Councilwoman Lea Webb in a panel discussion on Friday, January 8, 2010 sponsored by the White House Project and hosted by Brooklyn College. The discussion focused on overcoming the challenges faced by women in politics. The White House Project is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that has mentored 9,000 women over the past five years on entering government and politics.

"I thank the White House Project and Brooklyn College for hosting this workshop," Millman said. "I am both proud and thankful to be part of a legislative body in which female and male legislators are treated equally. In the Assembly, women legislators have been selected to chair difficult committees, such as Education, Labor and Judiciary. I encourage all women to consider a career in public service."

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