Assemblywoman Millman released the following statement support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to officially add the 1.8 mile long Gowanus Canal to its Superfund National Priorities List:
For decades, the community has demanded that the canal and surrounding land be completely cleaned in order to provide housing, including senior and affordable housing, parkland and recreational opportunities. I am confident that the Gowanus Canal will be a priority for the EPA and they will use the full weight of their authority to remediate the site comprehensively and expediently. I have been assured that the EPA will adhere to the highest and most complete standards of remediation and will utilize the most up to date monitoring systems to assess and avert any hazard to the community during the clean-up process.
I call upon the EPA to commence clean-up activities as soon as possible and not delay remediation due to lengthy legal battles with responsible polluters. Of the local residents, business leaders and community activists that I have met with, all agree that we cannot continue to ignore this heavily polluted waterway.
I again urge the City to continue moving forward with the planned rezoning of the Gowanus Canal area. The EPA has made it clear that its proposed remediation for the area will be dependent upon the final use of the land. Land that is zoned for mixed or residential use will be required to achieve a higher standard of clean-up.
A successful clean-up of the Gowanus Canal will tie together communities, provide open space for a variety of recreational uses, and create a safer environment for all.
Assemblywoman Joan Millman received thanks from local students at the Coalition for School-Based Health Centers’ Advocacy/Education Day in Albany. With the help of several local elected officials, Assemblywoman Millman successfully secured state funding to keep four school-based health centers sponsored by Long Island College Hospital operational for the 2009-2010 school year. These health clinics operate at M.S. 142, M.S. 293, M.S. 51 and P.S. 38.
"I fought for funding of these school-based health clinics because they improve a child’s entire educational experience," said Millman. "I would like to thank my partners in government for working alongside me in preserving this community resource. Additionally, I would like to commend all the students, parents and educators that rallied to keep these health clinics operational."
As April 15th approaches, Assemblywoman Millman would like to be sure Brooklyn residents are aware of two locations in the 52nd Assembly District that are providing free tax preparation services. To qualify, an individual or couple with dependents must have an income of $50,000 or less, and an individual or couple without dependents must earn $18,000 or less. At the following locations, trained and certified volunteers can assist in filing basic federal and state tax returns.
Food Bank For New York City- Capital One Bank
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Assemblywoman Millman is leading the effort in the Assembly to include New York State in an international effort, called Earth Hour, to promote energy conservation and bring attention to the issue of climate change. Earth Hour is a movement that encourages individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments to turn off their lights for one hour at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 27th. In 2009, nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries in each of the seven continents turned off their lights to observe Earth Hour.
"New York State needs to join other cities and states in this effort," declared Millman. "By joining Earth Hour, we call all pledge our support for combating climate change and creating a greener future."
Last year, in New York City, the lights were shut off on the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the U.N. Headquarters, the Chrysler Building and the marquees on Broadway to mark Earth Hour. Around the world, the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, the Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janiero all went dark to show support for reversing climate change. For more information about how you can pledge to participate, please visit the My Earth Hour Web site.