NYC Council Member Brad Lander Announces New Legislation to Get Reckless Drivers Off the Road

Lander, City Council colleagues, and safe streets advocates announce “Reckless Driver Accountability Act” to make NYC a national leader in combating dangerous driving
June 5, 2018

 New York, NY -- NYC Council Member Brad Lander was joined today by City Council colleagues, traffic safety advocates, and families who have lost loved ones to traffic violence to announce new legislation to hold reckless drivers accountable, reduce dangerous driving, and save lives in NYC.

The “Reckless Driver Accountability Act” includes the following measures: Read more »

The future of Gowanus

We’ve been talking about the future of Gowanus for a long time now (not quite since the dissolved oxygen level in the Canal reached zero in 1904, though I know sometimes it can feel that way).

Shaping the future of the area in a thoughtful way -- given decades of pollution, the reality of climate change, escalating real estate values, shifting economic trends, and the tensions of growth -- is no easy feat. Read more »

Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on NYCT President Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” Plan Presented to MTA Board Wednesday Morning

May 23, 2018
Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement on New York City Transit President Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan presented to the MTA Board this morning:
 
“Props to NYCT Transit President Andy Byford on the ‘Fast Forward’ plan he presented to the MTA Board this morning. It’s a serious and comprehensive overhaul plan -- which we’ve been seeking for more than a year.
 
There’s a lot to like about this plan. Read more »

Park Slope Street Safety Town Hall - Wednesday, May 30

The tragedy at 5th Ave and 9th Street struck close to home for so many of us. Even as we are still mourning Abigail and Joshua (and now heartsick from the crushing news that Abigail’s mom, Ruthie Ann Miles, who was also hit, has lost the baby she was pregnant with), we want to do all we can to prevent future tragedies.  

So I’m joining with the Park Slope Street Safety Partnership and NYC DOT for a workshop on Wednesday, May 30th about street safety throughout our neighborhood:    Read more »

Council Member Brad Lander’s Statement on the Indictment by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez of Dorothy Bruns

Council Member Brad Lander’s Statement on the Indictment by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez of Dorothy Bruns for Manslaughter & Criminally Negligent Homicide in the Killing of Abigail Blumenstein and Joshua Lew
 
This morning, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez indicted Dorothy Bruns, the reckless driver who struck and killed two children, Abigail Blumenstein, age 4, and Joshua Lew, age 1, and injured Abigail’s pregnant mom. Read more »

B71 or Bust

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The desolate valley of segregation, 50 years later

Desegregating NYC: 12 Steps Toward a More Inclusive City

Fifty years ago this month, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968. The law was passed just days after Dr. King was killed, inspired by his words:  

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.”

Unfortunately, 50 years later, we are still stuck in that desolate valley, right here in New York City. Read more »

Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on Governor Cuomo’s Announcement of His Bill to Ban Plastic Bags

April 23, 2018

If Governor Cuomo has actually gotten serious about reducing the billions of plastic bags that New Yorkers send to landfills each month, it would be great news. But this looks like election-year Earth Day politics.

The governor’s ‘program bill’ has no legislative co-sponsors, and was introduced after the governor’s budget leverage is gone, and with Simcha Felder -- well-known lover of plastic bags -- in the catbird seat in the State Senate. So there’s no reason to believe it will go anywhere. Read more »

Desegregating NYC: 12 Steps Toward a More Inclusive City

New York City rightfully takes pride in its diversity. However, fifty years after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, ourcity remains sharply segregated. While most other cities around the country have became more integrated over the past three decades, NYC has not. And our schools are among the most segregated in the country. Read more »

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