Paid sick days for a million more New Yorkers

Taking a day off when you are sick. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but many low-wage New Yorkers have no paid sick days and even put their job at risk if they stay home sick without pay.

But soon that will be in the past. Today, I was honored to cast my vote on the floor of the New York City Council for the “Earned Sick Time Act,” which will extend paid sick days to nearly one million more New Yorkers.

This law will make our city a fairer, more compassionate place to live and work. Read more »

Comment on the EPA’s Proposed Plan for the Gowanus Canal

EPA and Councilmember Lander staff test canal after Hurricane Sandy

For many years, cleaning up the Gowanus Canal has been a high priority for our community – but one that seemed hopelessly far away.  With the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan, and I am thrilled to see that day getting much closer.  I am enthusiastic about the EPA’s Proposed Plan and believe that it puts forward the right steps: Read more »

Great news: SUNY withdraws plan to close LICH!

Statement of NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Members Brad Lander & Stephen Levin

“We are relieved and happy to learn that SUNY Downstate Medical Center withdrew its proposal to close Long Island College Hospital. This is an incredible victory for Downtown Brooklyn and its residents. Read more »

Statement on Bill to Protect New Yorkers from Profiling & Discrimination by the NYPD

New Yorkers rally for police reform

BROOKLYN, NY, April 23, 2013: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) released the following statement on the status of ongoing negotiations over the Community Safety Act (of which they are co-sponsors), specifically regarding comments made today by City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn (D-Manhattan) that she has decided to not support Intro 800-A, which would create an enforceable ban on bias-based profiling. Read more »

Response to Bloomberg Comments Politicizing Boston Attack

In a letter sent today, Council Members Brad Lander and Jumaane D. Williams called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reconsider comments he made at a Tuesday press conference that politicized the attacks at the Boston Marathon. The Council Members are sponsors of the Community Safety Act, a package of four bills that would protect New Yorkers from discriminatory policing and would create an Inspector General for the NYPD.

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In the Press: Brad Lander Joins Colleagues For Tax Equity Resolution

South Slope News

Last week, Council Member Brad Lander joined fellow Council Members Rosie Mendez, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Daniel Dromm in introducing the

Tax Equity Resolution, which calls on federal authorities to simplify the income tax filing process for same-sex married couples. Read more »

DOE to replace PS 146 lights to prevent PCB exposure

Thanks to the activism of parents, New York Communities for Change, and elected officials, DOE has agreed to replace the light fixtures at the Brooklyn New School (PS 146) and MS 448. 

After leaks were discovered in the school's light fixtures last year, parents rallied to have the fixtures replaced. Light fixtures installed decades ago can leak toxic PCBs, a health risk for students. Read more »

U.S. District Court Upholds Key Provisions of NYC's Campaign Finance Laws

Thanks so much to our wonderful pro bono attorneys from Jenner & Block LLP, for their excellent work on an amicus brief defending NYC's campaign finance laws, and for providing this helpful summary of the case. -- Brad

By Michael W. Ross, Joshua H. Rubin, and Randall Adams, Jenner & Block LLP


On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Judge Swain of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan upheld key provisions of New York City’s campaign finance laws, bringing the ongoing litigation concerning the constitutionality of the city’s elections laws closer to an end.  At issue in Judge Swain’s order were two provisions:  expenditure limit waivers for those candidates participating in the city’s campaign finance program and the “sure winner” provisions, which were originally designed to prevent the overuse of public money in uncontested races. 

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Citizens Crime Commission Statement on the Proposed IG for the NYPD

For Immediate Release: April 8th, 2013

Citizens Crime Commission President, Richard Aborn, released the following statement: 

The New York Police Department is an extraordinary law enforcement agency. Under the outstanding leadership of Commissioner Ray Kelly our brave men and women in blue have driven down crime to historic lows. As a result, New York City is the safest large city in America. 

Recently there has been much discussion about the role of an Inspector General (I.G.) as it relates to the NYPD.

As we move into a new administration, we ask ourselves "if we were designing a major urban police force today would independent oversight be an element?" To us, the clear answer is yes.

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And the winning projects are...

What a weekend!

Yesterday, we wrapped up our second Participatory Budgeting vote - the culmination of a process that empowers New Yorkers to decide how tax dollars are spent on projects in their neighborhoods. Read more »

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