Reports to the People
Prescription Saver Card
EPIC: Wrap-Around Drug Coverage for Seniors
HEAP Helps with Heating Bills
Earned Income Tax Credits
Free Tax Assistance
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I hope you’ve been having an enjoyable Fall. I’m writing to let you know about some important
new legislation I’m sponsoring and a number of services you may find helpful. In this newsletter
you’ll find a list of free information you can order from the Assembly. Once again,
feel free to call my office for any assistance you may need!
416 Seventh Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
1414 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Chatting with neighborhood residents.
Brennan Bill Bans Gas Drilling in the
I have introduced a bill (A.8748) to prohibit gas drilling in the New
York City watershed and other areas adjacent to drinking water supplies. Twenty-two members
of the Assembly have joined me in sponsoring this measure and Senator Tom Duane is carrying
the bill in the Senate (S.6244).
New York City residents depend on the water supply from the Catskill area for pure drinking water.
If any contamination were to occur, it would cost the City of New York more than $10 billion to
construct a water filtration plant as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in maintenance costs.
Clean water is a vital concern. We cannot take a chance with the source of safe drinking water for
over 9 million people who depend on it daily in New York City. We must be sure that the New York
City watershed area, as well as the aquifers that our upstate residents depend upon, are protected
from any possible contamination. My bill identifies the protections that must be taken to prevent the
need for clean-up later.
This bill is designed to protect the areas immediately adjacent to drinking water supplies by making
them off limits to drilling. Furthermore, the bill requires disclosure of all chemicals used in the drilling
process and provides for specific procedures to be followed in the case of spills. Storage of fluids used
for drilling and the waste created are regulated and the waste must be treated as a hazardous substance.
The bill places the burden of any mistakes made by the drilling industry clearly on their shoulders to clean
up and pay the consequences. The bill directs the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to
include numerous protections in the permitting process and requires the permit fees to cover the costs
of oversight by the department along with any remediation that may become necessary due to the
The Prescription Saver Card:
Pay Less for Prescriptions
The Prescription Saver Card is a free pharmacy discount card for New Yorkers who are 50 to 64 years
old. By using this card at participating pharmacies, you can save up to 60% on generic drugs and up
to 30% on brand name drugs.
Apply for the Prescription Saver Card if:
You are 50 to 64 years old, or deemed disabled by the Social Security Administration;
Your annual income is no more than $35,000 (single) or $50,000 (married);
You do not receive Medicaid or EPIC.
Applications are available in my district offices. You can also get an application online at
or by calling 1-800-788-6917.
HEAP Can Help with Winter Heating Bills
HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) helps low-income New Yorkers with their heating bills.
The 2009-10 HEAP benefit season began November 2nd, so applications are available now in my
district offices and my staff will be happy to help you apply.
To qualify for HEAP:
Homeowners are eligible for a $700 benefit if they have a total gross monthly income starting
at $2,030 for a single-person household and increasing with the number of people in the
Renters are eligible for a $40-$50 benefit even if they do not pay directly for heating costs if
they meet the income requirements.
There are additional benefits for households including someone over 60, under 6, or disabled,
or with incomes under 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. For more information, call 800-692-0557
or go to: http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/heap.
Get Weatherization Assistance—Energy Conservation Program
Private and multiple dwelling property owners in my district who want to upgrade their water heaters,
boilers, windows or insulation should contact the Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee. Qualified
homeowners and tenants can receive these services for free or get a supplemental grant to apply
toward energy conservation upgrades. To apply to this program or to register for a free energy
conservation workshop, call the Intake Department at Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee
I stopped by the Park Slope Senior Center and shared some time at the computer.
Wrap-Around Drug Coverage for Seniors
EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) can be a valuable supplement to
your Medicare Part D plan. It cuts your drug costs by paying for any deductibles and
other drug costs that your Medicare Part D plan doesn’t cover. You can apply for EPIC
if (1) you are a New York State resident and (2) have an income of no more than
$35,000 (single) or $50,000 (married).
Applications are available in my offices. Or you can call the EPIC hotline at 1-800-332-3742
or get an application online at
Assemblymember Brennan and Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs will offer free mammograms in
front of their district office at 1414 Cortelyou Road on December 21, 2009 from 8 am to 3 p.m.
This important screening will be provided to women 40 years and older by the American Italian
Cancer Foundation’s Free Mammogram Van. You must call in advance for an appointment:
1-800-453-8378 x1. The mammograms are free, but please bring your insurance card with you
if you have one.
Transform Your Block
Citizens Committee for New York City has announced a new block transformation grant program,
Love Your (NYC) Block. Awardees will receive a $500 cash grant along with expedited support from
city agencies for block improvements, such as cleaning up a vacant lot, replacing worn out litter
baskets, removing graffiti, and replacing worn out street signs. Applications are available from my
office or can be downloaded at www.citizensnyc.org. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2009.
For more information, please contact Alicia Rouault (Citizens Committee) at 212-822-9558.
I am at a Street Fair discussing local events with this family.
Free Tax Assistance
If your total household income is under $42,000, you can get free tax preparation help from the
Brooklyn Taxpayer Assistance Office.
Brooklyn Taxpayer Assistance Office
10 Metro Tech Center
625 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Claim Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credits
Many working New Yorkers are eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) but don’t know it! The
Earned Income Tax Credit puts more disposable income into working people’s pockets. Remember to
file a federal tax return—even if you are not required to—so you can claim these valuable benefits! If
you were previously eligible for EITC but didn’t apply, you still can file for up to three past years!
Earned Income Tax Credits are available to working people who work full-time or part-time and earn
under $12,880 if single or, depending on number of children and whether you file jointly, up to a
maximum of $41,646. To claim the credit, you must (1) be income-qualified, (2) work full or part-time,
(3) have a social security number, (4) file a 2009 federal tax return (even if you owe no taxes), and
(5) have less than $2,950 in investment income.
If you qualify for the federal EITC, you’re probably also eligible for NYS and NYC EIC as well! First
file your federal return and then file a NYS Form IT215 along with a NYS tax return. You may receive
as much as an additional 35% in additional tax credit from NYS and NYC.
For more information, go to
Pamphlets Available from Assembly
The following publications are available free by clicking here and filling out a request
form—or you can call or stop by my office at 416 7th Ave. (718-788-7221) or 1414 Cortelyou Rd. (718-940-0641)
and we can provide or mail them to you.
Auto Leasing – explains protections for consumers leasing vehicles.
Bike Safety and Helmet Law – information on bicycle rules of the road and on NYS’s bicycle helmet law.
Bill Becomes a Law – shows how your idea can become state legislation and ultimately be signed into state law.
Bottle Law – explains New York’s bottle return program and how the deposit system works.
Breast Cancer/Tax Contribution – provides information on how taxpayers can contribute to breast
cancer research and education.
Carbon Monoxide – explains the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to detect this odorless, invisible, deadly gas.
Child Support – outlines the child support system in the state and explains some of the responsibilities of parents.
Clean Air Act – outlines the Clean Indoor Air Act which restricts smoking in public places.
(Going to) College – brief overview of state and federal college financing programs.
Consumer Rights – consumer tips on how to avoid being scammed.
Credit Cards – answers common questions about credit and credit card usage.
Domestic Violence and Stalking Laws – outlines laws that protect victims of domestic violence and stalking.
Drunk Driving Laws – overview of New York’s tough drunk driving laws and penalties for driving while drunk.
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Plan (EPIC) – answers questions about who is
eligible for the State’s prescription plan for senior citizens.
Generic Drugs – information on the generic drug law and how it can save consumers money
Health Care Proxy – FAQs about the Health care Proxy Law which allows proxies to make
your health care decisions if you can’t.
Homeowners – consumer tips for homeowners on tax savings, insurance, and how to
avoid scams aimed at homeowners.
Identity Theft Protection – tips on how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.
Lead Poisoning – how to lessen the chances of lead poisoning in your home.
Lemon Law – consumer guide to the state’s Lemon Law, which protects consumers on sale
of new and used cars.
Lobbying – citizen’s guide on how to lobby in Albany for issues important to you and your community.
Long Term Health Insurance – information on New York’s innovative
Long Term Care Insurance program.
Lyme Disease – FAQs about how to protect you and your family from Lyme disease.
Managed Care – information on consumer protections for individuals receiving health
care from health maintenance organizations.
Patients’ Rights – information on New York’s Patients Bill of Rights as well as phone
numbers to call if you have questions about quality of health care.
Phone Scams – consumer information on telemarketing scams and how to get
your name taken off telemarketer lists.
Physician Charges – FAQs on the Mandatory Medicare Assignment Law, which
limits how much doctors can charge Medicare patients.
Playing it Safe – safety tips for parents and children.
Safety Tips for Seniors – crime prevention tips for senior citizens.
Sales Tax – lists taxable and tax-exempt products
sold in New York State.
Say No to Drugs – tips for children and teens on how to
fight peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol.
Senior Citizen Programs – overview of senior citizens
programs in the State which help cut costs of taxes, transportation and utilities.
Small Business – helpful information and phone numbers for
small business owners.
Solid Waste Reduction – tips on how to reduce your household waste.
Spousal Impoverishment – information on how this law helps
seniors avoid spending their
life savings on nursing home costs.
Teen Suicide – guide on how to recognize warning signs of teen
suicide and alcohol and drug use.
Utility Consumers – overview on consumer rights with utility companies.
Veterans – overview of veterans programs in the state.
Voter Registration – includes a voter registration form and
information on voter registration.
Water Conservation – tips on how to save water in your home.
Women Veterans – explains programs in the state aimed at women veterans.
Workers Rights – overview of unemployment insurance, occupational safety and health
and other rights of workers in New York.
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