Watch the new Participatory Budgeting video

 

Come to a neighborhood assembly near you and give your idea for participatory budgeting.

  • Monday, October 7th, 6:30 PM at P.S. 230 Upper School, 1 Albemarle Rd. (at McDonald Ave.) RSVP here.
  • Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 PM at Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St. (at 7th Ave.) RSVP here.
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 6:30 PM at Carroll Gardens Branch Library, 396 Clinton St. (at Union St.) RSVP here.

We want your ideas

Two years ago, we tried something new. New Yorkers were given the power to decide how to spend tax dollars on projects in their neighborhood.

That idea, Participatory Budgeting, has been a huge success. Thousands of neighbors have given ideas, joined committees to develop proposals, and come out to vote. Based on your votes, we’ve funded 15 projects. And, even more importantly, we’ve seen a new excitement for local democracy. The New York Times called it “revolutionary civics in action.” And now participatory budgeting has spread to nine City Council districts across the city. Read more »

Great news for safety on Ocean Parkway

We did it. After many months of petitions and protests calling for increased pedestrian safety at the intersection of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) has approved the community’s proposal for safety improvements. One of our neighborhood’s most dangerous intersections is now back on track toward a safer future. Read more »

In the Press: Lawmakers OK NYPD Watchdog, Overriding Vetoes

Associated Press
08/23/2013

New York police have been given two layers of oversight in two weeks that are intended to balance the force's culture of aggressive crime prevention tactics with the civil liberties of the New Yorkers they've sworn to protect.

Propelled by concern about the NYPD's use of its stop and frisk tactic and its extensive surveillance of Muslims, the City Council overrode mayoral vetoes Thursday to create a watchdog for the police department and make it easier for people to file profiling lawsuits against it. Read more »

In the Press: Council Legislation Looks to Curb Outside Money in Local Races

DN A Info
08/26/2013

NEW YORK CITY — New legislation proposed by a Brooklyn City Councilman is looking to crack down on the virtually unrestricted corporate and union money that’s flooding local council races across the city this year. Read more »

A big week at City Hall

It’s been an exciting week at City Hall, and I wanted to let you know some of what we’ve been up to.

Community Safety Act
Yesterday, we had a momentous vote to overturn Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act. This legislation, of which I am a lead co-sponsor (along with my friend and colleague, Council Member Jumaane Williams), will create an NYPD Inspector General (just plain good government) and strengthen the City’s ban on discriminatory policing. The stronger ban will be truly enforceable and will cover all New Yorkers, including LGBTQ residents, immigrants, and the homeless. Read more »

Residents Bring Ocean Pkwy Petition to Governor

NEW YORK, NY - Earlier today, Council Member Brad Lander, Kensington neighborhood residents, and transportation safety advocates, delivered the ‘Our neighborhood is not a highway’ petition directly to Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office. The petition calls on the New York State Department of Transportation to sign-off on a safety plan to address crash-prone intersection at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway, where a pedestrian was killed earlier this summer. Read more »

Thursday morning, 3 a.m. (12 hours to the override vote)

Four years ago this month, I wrote many of you my first “Early morning, 3 a.m.” email. I was up late in Foley Square, as part of an interfaith vigil against homelessness. I was restless, and angry at the crisis of homelessness (though at the time, there were 12,000 fewer homeless New Yorkers than there are tonight). But I was also hopeful. I wrote again at 3 a.m. on the night before the 2009 election, one more time restless but hopeful, that we might be able to do a little good. Read more »

New Legislation to Dramatically Reduce Plastic Bag Use in NYC

Bill announced today would put 10-cent charge on plastic or paper carryout bags provided at grocery and retail stores

New York City pays an estimated $10 million to dispose of 100,000 tons of plastic bags in landfills each year

Today, City Council Members, New York environmental advocates, and local retailers announced new legislation to dramatically reduce plastic bag use. Similar laws in other cities reduced plastic bag use by as much as 90%.

The legislation, introduced by Council Members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin, would require retail and grocery stores to charge at least 10 cents for plastic bags, to make the cost of single-use bags clear to the consumer. The same charge would be placed on paper bags, to ensure an overall reduction in total bags used, regardless of type. The proposed charge would not be a tax – it would be retained by the store to cover the cost of providing bags. Customers who bring their own bags would not be charged.

To view bill's full text click here

To view an outline of the bill and answers to frequently asked questions click here (PDF).

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In the Press - Audio: Report: Bloomberg Housing Policy Falls Short

WNYC
08/16/2013

A new report found that one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature affordable housing policies has fallen short of expectations.

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