Update on Construction Noise at the Lightstone Site

Thank you to all the constituents who have reach out to my office regarding the pile driving at the Lightstone site. Residents in the area have been pushing hard for some relief from the noise, and I have been in repeated touch with the developer urging them to address this problem. 

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In the Press: A proposal to expand affordability requirements for outer-borough projects

Capital New York

Councilman Brad Lander wants to expand a requirement that developers include affordable housing in their projects before receiving a tax break from the city. 

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In the Press: Lander and Torres to introduce 'land bank' bill for affordable housing

Capital NY

City Councilmen Brad Lander and Ritchie Torres are introducing legislation today to require the city to create a "land bank" to acquire vacant, abandoned, or foreclosed properties and turn them into affordable housing.

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Compost collection is coming to Park Slope

Big news: this month, the NYC Department of Sanitation will expand the curbside compost collection pilot program to large parts of Park Slope and Gowanus (south of Union Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park West—click here to see a map). 

Compost collection has been so popular and effective for our neighbors in Windsor Terrace (as well as on Staten Island and in the Bronx) that it is now expanding to several new neighborhoods, including Park Slope and Gowanus. Participation is totally voluntary—and easy. Composting will divert our City’s waste from landfills and save millions of dollars in taxpayer money, so I hope you will consider taking part. Read more »

NYC traffic crash data online: a big step forward for safer streets & open data

New York City is taking a big step forward today for safer streets and open data, by putting traffic crash data on the NYC Open Data portal, in real time, in a way that New Yorkers can see and analyze. 

With this data, New Yorkers in every community will be able to see the most dangerous intersections ... and then collaborate with the NYPD, DOT, and other partners to make them safer. Read more »

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

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 »

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