Next steps in the fight for seniors at Prospect Park Residence: a lawsuit, and letters to the governor

We’re standing up for our elderly neighbors today – and I hope you’ll join us in speaking up for them again. Read more »

Press Release from the Legal Aid Society announces lawsuit on behalf of Prospect Park Residence seniors

Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Closing of  Brooklyn Assisted-Living Home Leaving 120 Seniors At Risk of Homelessness

New York-(May 2, 2014) A lawsuit will be filed today in State Supreme Court in Kings County to prevent the closing of the Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility in Brooklyn which is home to 120 Seniors. Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society, MFY Legal Services, Inc.; and the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto are representing the residents.  Plaintiffs are seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. Read more »

A Strong Step Forward for Our Kids, Teachers, Parents, Schools ... and City

I’m very enthusiastic about the preliminary contract agreement announced today between the de Blasio Administration and the United Federation of Teachers. I believe it provides a framework to improve our schools, support teachers, encourage innovation, and better include parents.

As a public school parent, I have a deep appreciation for what our teachers do. This contract shows respect for their craft, streamlines an overly cumbersome evaluation process, and treats them fairly – while at the same time achieving savings in health care and attending to the real fiscal constraints our city faces. Read more »

In the Press: Overhaul Proposed for New York City Council Funding of Community Groups

Wall Street Journal
04/28/2014

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Would Relinquish Some Authority in Funding Decisions

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has agreed to relinquish authority in setting how much funding each council member receives to dole out to community groups, part of a proposed overhaul of council rules to be introduced Tuesday that would diminish the speaker's power.

Ms. Mark-Viverito's predecessor, Christine Quinn, developed a reputation for punishing council members who crossed her by cutting their discretionary funding to groups such as little leagues and soup kitchens. When running for speaker, Ms. Mark-Viverito, a Manhattan Democrat, promised a more inclusive style of leadership. Read more »

This Tuesday: Help break down a divide (and watch some great student videos at John Jay HS Campus)

John Jay Video Showcase 4-29

Although it’s located right in the middle of Park Slope, there has too long been a divide between the public schools in the John Jay Educational Campus and the surrounding community.

Next Tuesday, we’ve got a chance to help break down that divide. Read more »

Why I'm working to pass Intro-148, The Independent Expenditure Real Disclosure Act

New York City’s strong campaign finance system is under threat from a flood of corporate cash through “independent expenditures.” 

New York City has dramatically reduced “pay-to-play” and other electoral corruption by combining a small donor public matching program, voluntary campaign spending limits, contribution limits, and restrictions on donors “doing business” with the City.  New York City’s campaign finance system levels the playing field so that voters, not contributors, can decide who will represent them and it's one of the best, most succesful models in the entire country.

Unfortunately, huge, independent expenditures (IEs) by corporations threaten to upend that system. Read more »

Confronting segregation & discrimination in NYC

Errol Louis is right in his powerful piece in Thursday's Daily News that segregation is NYC's enduring shame ... and that it is an obligation of progressives to take action on it.

Although we don't like to confront it, our neighborhoods, housing, and schools remain firmly segregated. Even with immigration and gentrification, NYC saw the slowest declines in segregation of any of the top 10 metro areas over the past decade. We remain the second-most segregated big city, in both black/white segregation (after Chicago), and white/Latino segregation (after LA). And a depressing new report released this month shows that New York's schools are the most segregated in the country.

Fortunately, there are many things we can do, and the Progressive Caucus of the City Council is committed to taking action. Confronting discrimination and segregation was one of the "13 Bold Ideas" we adopted last year. And there are some important new ideas as well. Here's some of what we're committed to moving forward: Read more »

You Voted, and Here are the Results ...

This past weekend, over 2,200 of you took part in “revolutionary civics in action.”

On Sunday we wrapped up our third Participatory Budgeting vote – the culmination of a process that empowers New Yorkers to decide how tax dollars are spent on projects in their neighborhoods.

We’ve got a great set of winning projects, that truly reflect a shared commitment to our public schools, parks, streets, libraries and environment.  You voted for street safety, for new technology for student and adult learners, for innovative environmental projects, and to make our neighborhoods more livable and welcoming.  I love the list, and will be proud to put these projects in the budget later this spring.     

And the 2014 winning Participatory Budgeting projects are … Read more »

Council Members Williams & Lander's Statement on Appointment of Philip Eure as First Ever NYPD Inspector General

BROOKLYN, NY: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Council Member Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader, released the following statement today in response to the de Blasio Administration's appointment of Philip K. Eure as the New York Police Department's Inspector General. Read more »

Bridging Gowanus Second Meeting Thursday

On Thursday, we are holding the second community planning meeting about the future of Gowanus. The meeting is Thursday, March 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Wyckoff Gardens Community Center.

Last fall, I joined together with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Council Member Stephen Levin to announce Bridging Gowanus, an inclusive community-driven planning process to develop a long-term vision for a safe, vibrant, and sustainable Gowanus.

Bridging Gowanus is an effort to bring together a wide range of community members to identify broadly-shared goals, discuss different viewpoints, and build consensus around a neighborhood framework for the infrastructure and land use regulations needed in the Gowanus Canal area. Read more »

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