NYC Council Members Brad Lander, Vanessa L. Gibson, and Jumaane Williams Issue Joint Statement on NYPD IG Report

New York -- Today, Council Member Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader for Policy and Chair of the Council's Committee on Rules, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and co-chair of the Council's Taskforce to Combat Gun Violence and Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx), Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety issued the following statement regarding the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s Office of the Inspector General report on Quality of Life Summonses, Misdemeanor Arrests, and Felony Crime in New York City from 2010-2015. 

In 2013, Williams and Lander were the prime sponsors of Local Law 70, which established the Office of the NYPD Inspector General.

“We applaud the NYPD Inspector General’s hard look at the impact of aggressive quality-of-life offense enforcement on New Yorkers, which raises critical questions for New Yorkers who care about good policing.

The report finds no clear link between aggressive enforcement of low-level offenses and reductions in felonies. Meanwhile, enforcement of these offenses is concentrated in precincts with high proportions of African-American and Latino residents, NYCHA residents, and young men, at higher rates than can be explained by the incidence of crime. Read more »

We are Orlando. So let’s do something about it

Even two days later, it’s hard to make sense of the brutal tragedy in Orlando.  There’s something truly incomprehensible – about so many lives lost at once, about raising our kids in a world where mass shootings have become horrifically normal, about the polarized political response, and about our galling failure to act.

First in our hearts are the lives lost and the families torn apart. Last night, outside the Stonewall Inn, thousands of us stood together to read their names.

Tonight at Grand Army Plaza, Public Advocate Tish James with the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and community leaders from Brooklyn’s diverse communities will come together to join for a unity vigil to remember the lives lost in Orlando and stand together in the face of hatred.

Unity Vigil to Honor the Lives Lost in Orlando
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY
7:30 PM, Tonight (June 14)

As we remember and begin to heal, we are learning more about the 49 people – mostly young, LGBTQ, and Latino – killed while dancing and celebrating together.  Read more »

The seniors at Prospect Park Residence win a little justice

For the past two years, our elderly neighbors at Prospect Park Residence have fought a fierce and principled battle against a greed-driven landlord’s effort to evict 130 seniors – including Holocaust survivors, a Tuskegee airman, people with dementia, and many in their 90s and even older – just to make a buck.

Together, we have stood with them every step of the way. What landlord Haysha Deitsch hoped would take just 90 days turned into an epic, two-year battle. Read more »

Parks, Plazas, and More --- New Open Spaces to Enjoy in Kensington this summer

Summer is here and across New York City, our public parks and shared outdoor spaces are in high demand. That’s why I’m pleased to tell you that – after several years of hard work and significant investment—Kensington has two brand new outdoor spaces for you to enjoy this summer: the renovated Dome Playground, and starting this weekend, a public plaza at McDonald Avenue and Avenue C. Come celebrate with us Sunday at our brand new plaza! Read more »

A traffic light that shines more brightly than usual

New stoplight at Caton Avenue and E. 8th Street

We usually take stop-lights for granted. We stop-on-red, go-on-green, yield-to-pedestrians in the crosswalk, and don’t think too much about it. But the installation of the new traffic-light at Caton Avenue and E. 8th Street signals something bigger: our sorrow at the loss of a young man, and our commitment to do something about it. Read more »

Brooklyn Elected Officials, LGBT Community Groups Issue Statement in Response to the Attack of a Transgender Individual on 7th Ave and 9th Street in Park Slope

Council Member Brad Lander; Council Member Carlos Menchaca; Floyd Rumohr, Executive Director of Brooklyn Community Pride Center; Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn; and Brooklyn Pride, Inc. issued the following statement regarding the attack of a transgender individual in Park Slope on Friday, May 13:

“Our community is both outraged and deeply saddened to see a hate-fueled anti-LGBT attack in our own backyard, and our hearts go out to the individual who was so brutally attacked in broad daylight on 7th Avenue and 9th Street in Park Slope last Friday. All New Yorkers, of all gender-identities, have the right to express themselves and we refuse to let such horrific intolerance occur on our streets.

Our neighborhood has long been known for embracing the diversity that makes Brooklyn such a vibrant place to live and we will not take lightly any act of violence that threatens the inclusive community we’ve all built together. At a time when transgender individuals face systematic statewide persecution in other parts of the country, horrifying events like this attack stand as reminders of the many intolerances and injustices facing the transgender community right here in New York. Read more »

Statement of Council Member Brad Lander on the NYC Independent Budget Office’s Review of the 421-a “Extended Affordability Benefit”

Thank you to the Independent Budget Office for evaluating the impact of the “Extended Affordability Benefit” (EAB) provision of the recent 421-a legislation. Over the years, I have worked hard to reform New York’s 421-a property tax-exemption, long a for-too-generous giveaway to developers for far-too-little affordable housing. Read more »

Brooklyn Elected Officials Release Joint Statement Regarding MTA’s Proposal for F Train Express Service

Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Stephen Levin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Kevin S. Parker, and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon released the following statement regarding the MTA’s Proposal for Express Service along the F line in Brooklyn:

“We are extremely dismayed by the utter lack of process on the part of the MTA regarding proposed new F-Express service between Church Avenue and Jay St-MetroTech stops in Brooklyn. The proposed service change harms more people than it helps, ignores our request for increased service, and pits Brooklyn residents against each other, creating ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ without sufficient information or dialogue.

We made clear from the start that we could only support an F-Express if overall service was increased on the F line and riders at local stops were not harmed. The MTA promised to share information with the community before making a decision – including information about what service increase would be needed to avoid harming riders at local stations. Read more »

Big News about the Carroll and Columbia Street Intersection

I’m writing to let you know that our efforts to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Carroll and Columbia Streets have paid off. Thank you to those of you who signed our petition. 

Today, NYC DOT announced their plan to install a traffic signal at the intersection. DOT has said they tentatively plan to install the traffic signal in September.

This is great news for everyone in Columbia Waterfront who is tired of risking their lives every time they cross the street, and will go a long way towards getting cars to slow down when they speed off the BQE and into our residential neighborhoods. Read more »

Date Change for PTA Fun Run --May 14th

Due to a permit mishap, we need to move the Brooklyn PTA 5K Fun Run to Saturday May 14th. The race will start at 10 am (8:45 am check-in).

I’m terribly sorry for the last minute switch... and I hope that many families and school teams can still join us on Saturday the 14th. We know how hard so many of you have worked to build your teams! 

Registrations that have already been made will count toward school team totals even if you cannot make the new date.  We hope everyone will keep their registration in order to benefit our PTAs, but if you have questions please email vsell [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov  and PTArunfortheschools [at] gmail [dot] comRead more »

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