Martin Malave Dilan

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Martin Malave Dilan is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 18th Senatorial District. The 18th Senate District encompasses the northern Brooklyn communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Cypress Hills, City-Line, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville.


Senator Dilan is the son of Esther and Gilberto Dilan, who migrated from Puerto Rico in 1947. He grew up in the community of Bushwick, and first involved himself in electoral politics in high school in 1965, when he worked as a volunteer in a mayoral campaign. He received a Special Baccalaureate Degree from Brooklyn College. He is married to Debra Hicks and they have three children: Erik Martin Dilan (who represents Brooklyn in the City Council), Melissa and Nicole, and one grandchild, Daniel Martin Dilan. Dian vacations in the Catskills.

Dilan is a former legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives and has served as a Democratic District Leader and Democratic State Committeeman from the 54th Assembly District. He has been elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Dilan served 14 years as a member of Community School Board#32, including seven as Chair, where he advocated for new school construction.

Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Dilan served ten years as a member of the New York City Council. During his tenure in the Council he wrote a law to penalize anyone found guilty of illegal dumping, and was the prime sponsor of legislation that gave oversight powers to the City Council as it relates to city contracts that jeopardized city jobs. As Chair of the City Council's Standards and Ethics Committee, Dilan advocated for greater access to information about conflict of interest issues among elected officials and government employees. He also obtained state of the art computers for the elementary and middle schools in his district, and $20 million in Capital Funding for Public School 89, the Cypress Hills Community School.

New York State Senate[edit]

In 2002, Dilan was elected to the State Senate, where he was appointed the Assistant Minority Leader of Conference Operations in his first term. In 2007, Senator Dilan was appointed Chairman of the Minority Conference, and in 2009 Senior Assistant Majority Leader.

Senator Dilan received a score of 60 in Environmental Advocates' 2009 Voters' Guide.[1] His 2008 score was 83.[2]

Leadership Positions[edit]

Senior Assistant Majority Leader

Standing Committee Assignments 2009[edit]

In 2009 the Democratic Party won a majority in the New York State Senate. As a member of the party, Senator Dilan was given the following assignments:




Civil Service; Corporations; Elections; Finance; Judiciary; Labor; Rules

Standing Committee Assignments 2008[edit]

While in the Minority, Senator Dilan served in the following capacity:

Ranking Member[edit]



Banking; Education; Judiciary; Transportation; Consumer Protection; Tourism, Recreation and Sports Development; Energy and Telecommunications

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ EPL/Environmental Advocates. 2009 Voters' Guide.
  2. ^ EPL/Environmental Advocates. 2008 Voters' Guide.
Political offices
Preceded by
New York City Council, 37th District
Succeeded by
Erik Martin Dilan
Preceded by
Thomas W. Libous
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation
Succeeded by
Charles Fuschillo
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Nellie R. Santiago
New York State Senate, 17th District
Succeeded by
Simcha Felder
Preceded by
Velmanette Montgomery
New York State Senate, 18th District