Issues & Policy

Education

 

Senator Dilan has stressed the importance of our educational system in Albany for a decade and has consistently pushed for adequate resources so that our children can reach their full potential.
 
Senator Dilan was proud to secure a $20 million grant for the construction of Cypress Hills Community School that opened in 2010.

 
Public Protection

In 2009, Senator Dilan was the prime negotiator and sponsor of Leandra’s Law.  This landmark legislation mandated the installation of vehicle ignition interlock devices for convicted DWI offenders as well as stiffer penalties for those who drive drunk with child passengers.


Following its enactment, nearly 1,400 devices have been installed, making our roads safer.


Senator Dilan has partnered with the Kings County District Attorney to host gun buy-back programs.  These events have successfully removed hundreds of guns from our streets and Senator Dilan will continue to fight to make our community safe.


This spring, Senator Dilan supported legislation to enact stiffer penalties on cyber-bullies.  In an ever changing technological world, Senator Dilan will remain vigilant to ensure that as new threats to our youth emerge, we will be ready to respond accordingly.

 

 
Smart Growth | Transit


As Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Dilan developed complete streets policy.  This legislation allows for the inclusion of smart growth principles and requires the consideration of all users, from automobiles, pedestrians and bicyclists, in the design and planning of our roads and bridges.


Throughout his tenure, he has been a strong advocate for transit across New York State. 


Senator Dilan has continually supported the full funding of the MTA capital program to improve and expand service for future growth.  Additionally, in 2009, when draconian service reductions and fare increases were proposed to address a looming budget gap, he sponsored legislation that both improved accountability of, and directed increased revenues to, the MTA. 


While in Albany, Senator Dilan has highlighted the value of our freight rail network and has stressed its importance to the state.  As such, he advocated for the improvement  and increased utilization of our freight rail network to reduce heavy truck traffic on our roadways.

 

 

Environment


Senator Dilan recognizes one of the greatest concerns to our collective well-being is the implementation of hydrofracking in our state.  This process of removing natural gas from deep underground puts our personal, and state’s, health at risk. 


Our drinking water, parks, wildlife and other natural resources are invaluable. We cannot risk a short term financial boon for what could be a long term curse for our children.  Senator Dilan has added his name in support of legislation that would enact a moratorium on drilling and initiate a health impact study to determine impacts should drilling move forward.


Locally, Senator Dilan witnessed the devastation of ExxonMobil’s negligence in Newtown Creek. Considering the gravity of the situation and the negative impact upon the community, he joined the lawsuit to fight alongside his neighbors.  In late 2010, the community was awarded $25 million to help improve the quality of life for the community.

 

 
Housing

 

In 2005, Senator Dilan cosponsored legislation requiring land developers seeking a pre-existing abatement to include at minimum, 20 percent of their proposed units as low-income, affordable units. Since enactment of this legislation, access to affordable housing has increased in Northern Brooklyn.


Senator Dilan also sponsored legislation that protected loft tenants. Signed by the Governor, the "Loft Law" ensures that residential lofts comply with housing standards for health, maintenance, fire prevention and safety. 
 

Tax | Monetary Policy


In 2011, Senator Dilan voted to restructure New York’s tax code and extend the Millionaire’s Tax.


Senator Dilan believes in a fair tax system and closing of tax loopholes that benefit large corporations and the wealthiest of New Yorkers.


In December of 2004, Senator Dilan supported the increase of the minimum wage.  This legislation mandated increases over the following 3 years and helped working New Yorkers manage rising cost of living expenses. However, another increase is needed and Senator Dilan continues to advocate for it.  

 
Health Care


In 2007, Senator Dilan voted to overturn Governor Spitzer’s veto of legislation relating to complications with the newly initiated Part D prescription plan for Medicare.  If this legislation was not enacted, 600,000 senior and disabled New Yorkers may have faced the unconscionable reality of living without prescription drugs.  This measure was critical as it provided coverage to those in need during a period of transition.


 

Redistricting


Leading up to, and following the 2010 census, Senator Dilan served as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment. Every ten years, "LATFOR" is tasked with redrawing the state’s legislative district lines. For nearly two years he traveled throughout the state listening to stakeholders and experts.


At every opportunity, he fought against the outcome of lines drawn to benefit one political party; Lines that would break up communities of interest including minority communities and urban areas; And participated in court cases in the highest court in New York and in federal court in attempt to protect the ideal of one person, one vote.


 

Marriage Equality


In 2010 Marriage Equality was enacted in New York State.  Senator Dilan believed this issue to be a matter of civil justice and equality.  He supported this measure with the American ideal that all men are created equal. And believed firmly that without marriage equality, a segment of our state’s population would be discriminated against.


Senator Dilan was proud to stand with other progressive leaders in the state and stand up for what is right.


 

Workers’ Rights


In 2010, Senator Dilan supported important legislation for workers throughout New York.  The Wage Theft Protection Act initiated greater protections for New York workers from employers who misclassify, underpay and ignore other labor laws for their own gain.  This practice of exploitation has rippling effects throughout our economy and our society.