Windsor Terrace Grocery Ride Share Program

Today we are launching the Windsor Terrace Grocery Ride Share, an opportunity for Windsor Terrace neighbors to volunteer to drive their neighbors to the grocery store, or to request a ride from a neighbor.  You can sign up here.

In the Press - Video: City Council proposes NYPD oversight

ABC News

New York City Council members are introducing legislation that would create an inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department, amid criticism that the department's stop-and-frisk policy is out of control.

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In the Press: An Independent Monitor for the Police Is Proposed

The New York Times

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency have inspectors general who function as independent monitors. So do the police departments of major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as the nation’s capital. Even most New York City agencies, like the Education Department and the Housing Authority, have similar monitors.

About two dozen members of the City Council planned to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would create an office of the inspector general to monitor the police and “conduct independent reviews of the department’s policies, practices, programs and operations.”

The council members said that there has never been a more opportune time to increase oversight over so powerful an agency, especially in light of the department’s stop-and-frisk policy, surveillance of Muslim groups, questions over allegedly manipulated arrest data and other recent controversies involving the police. Read more »

A Stronger NYPD, a Safer New York

We live in the greatest city in the world, so it’s not often that I find myself wishing that we had something that exists in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, but not here in New York. All of these cities have independent oversight for their police departments – which means there is someone whose job is to ensure that the police department’s operations are effective, efficient, and protect our civil liberties.

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Even more tests?

After many of our kids spent too many hours, days, and weeks of this school year prepping for and taking high-stakes tests (and then having their teachers out-of-class to grade them), this week they are being asked to sacrifice even more class time this month to state tests.

Pearson Publishing, a for-profit corporation with a $32 million contract from New York State will be giving students additional testing with “field questions,” to help develop next year’s tests. The tests won’t impact students, teachers, or schools’ records – but they will take even more class time. Read more »

Statement on sale of Windsor Terrace Key Food

Statement by Councilmember Brad Lander on Loss of Windsor Terrace’s only Grocery StoreJune 1, 2012

“This is a sad day for Windsor Terrace. With the sale of Key Food, much of the neighborhood will now be more than a mile away from the nearest grocery store. This will have an especially devastating impact on seniors, but the whole Windsor Terrace neighborhood will be harmed by this sale. Read more »

In the Press: The Credit History Underclass

The New York Times

Millions of Americans with damaged credit records are at risk of being unfairly denied job opportunities by companies that use credit histories to screen applicants. Faced with growing public complaints, seven states have rightly limited the use of credit histories by potential employers. Federal, state and local lawmakers who are considering similar legislation are on the right track. Read more »

Help End Credit Discrimination

Victory! Thanks to your help, New York City now has the strongest law in the nation to end credit checks for employment. Click here to see the full text of the law

The use of credit reports to discriminate against job applicants is on the rise, with over 60% of employers nationwide using the credit histories of prospective employees to inform their hiring decisions.  

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Let's Celebrate Kensington

Please join me for a ribbon-cutting for the new “Kensington Plaza” – this Sunday, June 3rd, at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Church Avenue and Beverley Road (in front of Walgreens). This new (albeit small!) public space will add to civic life in Kensington and I am excited to celebrate it with you and your neighbors on Sunday. Read more »

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