Assemblywoman Millman to retire from the NYS Assembly

Long-time Brooklyn Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman announced on Monday that she will not be seeking reelection to the New York State Assembly.

Assemblywoman Millman has represented neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Prospect Heights and parts of Park Slope and for over 17 years.

Noted for her advocacy for both children and seniors, Millman said she will be moving to a position at the New York City Department for the Aging.

“It has been my great pleasure to represent our communities in the State Assembly for the past 17 years,” she said in a statement. “The support I have received from my neighbors and constituents has been truly humbling, and the work we have accomplished together will have a lasting impact on our communities. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to serve and I look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of seniors.” 

As an advocate for education and libraries, many thousands of Brooklyn public school children -- some now in college -- have received certificates of achievement from Ms. Millman after participating in her summer reading program.

Susan Raboy, long-time resident who first met Ms. Millman at the Pratt Graduate School for Library Science in the early 70s, said the Assemblywoman “has always been dedicated to the community she served, from children to seniors. She has fought hard for the rights of seniors and for services for seniors, and has always been in the forefront on health, library and education issues.”

She added, “Joan has been a leader in fighting for her constituents. She’ll be sorely missed.”

Since 1997, Millman has hosted a Senior Resource Fair at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights to bring together service organizations and government agencies with local seniors.

Among other projects, she has been involved in fighting for seniors being evicted from their apartments at the Prospect Park Residence in Park Slope. At a rally in late April, Millman told the Brooklyn Eagle that she has been meeting with the state to try to delay the seniors’ evections, and has introduced new legislation to protect other seniors from a similar fate.

She has also joined with a group of city councilmembers to pass a bill which would aid seniors in a city-administered rent-freeze program.

Another long-time official, Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (Midwood, Flatbush) announced on Sunday that she is also stepping down in the fall. Jacobs has served for 36 years.