Press Releases

Colton Rallies Bensonhurst Community Against Inadequate Garbage Plan

Speaking before a packed room with over 300 energized Bensonhurst residents in attendance inside the Shore Parkway Jewish Center, located by 26th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue, Assemblymember William Colton (D-Brooklyn) demanded that action be taken by New...

Colton: "Zoning Changes Don’t Mean a Thing Without Building Code Enforcement"

Following last Thursday’s Community Board 11 meeting, where a crucial vote took place to approve the rezoning proposal for portions of Gravesend and Bensonhurst offered by the Department of City Planning, Assemblymember William Colton (D-Brooklyn),...

Colton to Pataki: Stop Delaying, Fund Our Schools Now!

Assemblymember William Colton (D 47th AD, Brooklyn) while satisfied with Justice DeGrasse’s ruling on funding for New York City schools in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) case, is furious with the statement by Governor Pataki that he will appeal...

Assemblymember Colton Says: "No" to the Construction of a Waste Transfer Station in Southwest Brooklyn

Citing a highly flawed and defective Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Assemblymember William Colton (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Solid Waste Commission, has come out strongly opposed to the construction of a Waste...

Ax The Sales Tax!

In a spirited show of bipartisanship, Assemblymember William Colton (D-Brooklyn) has joined forces with his colleagues from across the aisle in the New York State Assembly in calling upon the Governor to permanently eliminate New York State sales taxes...

Assemblyman Colton Brings Free Income Tax Assistance by Baruch College Volunteers

Assemblyman William Colton (D-47 AD) has again arranged with Baruch College to bring VITA (Volunteers Income Tax assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) programs to the Gravesend and Bensonhurst areas. Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd and...

Colton Condemns Ethnic Slurs Aired on Hot 97’s Miss Jones in the Morning Show

Assemblymember William Colton of the 47th District has come out strongly critical of the distasteful broadcast that was aired on Hot 97 during the week of Jan. 21. "The Tsunami Song," which contained racial overtones and ridiculed the...

Assemblymember Bill Colton and COJO Host Community Job Fair

Assemblyman Colton to Con Ed and DOT: ‘Let There be Light’

Assemblyman Colton (47th AD-D), upset with the darkness that is prevailing through many of streets in the neighborhood, has sent letters to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and to Con Ed to complain. "There have been street lights out...

Assemblymember William Colton: Bipartisan Agreement Reached on Reforming Assembly Rules

Assemblymember William Colton (D-Brooklyn) announced that a bipartisan agreement has been reached on a comprehensive reform plan that he sponsored to fundamentally improve the way the New York State Assembly operates. "It’s no secret that serious...

Assemblymember Colton Calls Upon Mayor Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Kelly, and Chancellor Klein to Designate Lafayette an Impact Schools

Following the latest horrific incident involving a dean and student falling down an elevator shaft at Brooklyn’s troubled Lafayette High School, Assemblymember William Colton (D-Bensonhurst) has fired off a letter to Mayor Bloomberg, DOE Chancellor...

Assemblymember Colton Statement on Lafayette High School

Lafayette-Gate Colton: "The Era of DOE Cover-Ups Is Over" Calls for the State Department of Education Commissioner Richard Mills to step in and thoroughly investigate yesterday’s horrific incident involving a student and dean falling down...

Elected Official and Community Leader Get the Job Done!

Litter-filled grass, open paint cans stored in the park house, and overall deteriorating conditions at Bensonhurst Park, located on Cropsey Avenue at the corner of Bay Parkway, got the attention of a local elected official and a community activist. "Constituents...

Assemblyman Colton Announces $$$ for Heating Bill Assistance

Assemblyman William Colton (47-AD) announced that his Community Office staff at 211 Kings Highway is prepared to help Seniors and Low Income Families obtain one time Heartshare/Keyspan Neighborhood Heating Funds starting December 13, 2004, as well as...

Assemblyman Colton’s Charges B 82 Buck Passed Onto DOT

Assemblyman William Colton (D-47AD) has been leading the fight to get the B 82 bus service restored to the residents beyond the 25th Avenue Terminal point where half of the buses now terminate. This past year when the New York City Transit Authority...

Assemblyman Colton: ‘Bensonhurst Getting Overcrowded’

Assemblyman William Colton (47-AD), concerned with the number of developers squeezing multiple dwellings units and commercial buildings on lots previously occupied by one or two family dwellings, is demanding that the zoning laws be downsized in the area....

Assemblymember William Colton's Historic Hate Crime Legislation Passes New York's Assembly

The New York State Assembly today passed legislation (A.9292–A), introduced by Assemblymember William Colton (D-Bensonhurst) that would increase the penalties for those who use swastikas or burning crosses to intimidate or threaten the lives of others....

Assemblyman Colton Hails New JCH Holocaust Education Project

Assemblyman William Colton (D-47 AD) initiated a school Assembly Program at St. Athanasius Parochial School on the Holocaust that was presented by the Jewish Community House (JCH) Russian Holocaust Survivors Club. He was very proud that this educational...

Assemblyman Colton Received Distinguished Legislator Award from COJO of Flatbush

On Sunday, March 21st, 2004, Assemblyman William Colton (D-47th AD) received the Distinguished Legislator Award from the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush (COJO) at their 25th Annual Community Legislative Breakfast held at Le Marquise, 815 Kings...

Assemblyman Colton's Bill Passes in Assembly to Re-Instate 6-Year Grievance Period for Overcharged Water Consumers

On March 8th, the New York State Assembly unanimously passed Assemblyman William Colton's bill (A.1079) to restore a six year compliance filing period for NYC consumers to challenge overcharged water and sewer bills. A version of the bill, introduced...