Fatal Crash at Church and Ocean

I was truly heartbroken to hear about the fatal crash at Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue, near the entrance to the Prospect Expressway, that took the life of Ngozi Agbim this morning. I have been working with many community advocates to fix that intersection—which we all know to be dangerous—for years. But we are too late to prevent today’s tragedy. Read more »

Statement on City Council Vote to Bring CSA to the Floor

Council Members Williams and Lander’s Statement Following City Council Vote to Bring Community Safety Act to the Floor

NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2013: Council Members Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, and Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, jointly released the following statement following the City Council’s passage of a “Motion to Discharge” for the Community Safety Act (Intros 1079 and 1080), a package of bills to increase accountability for the NYPD and strengthen the City’s ban on police profiling to cover all New Yorkers. With the passing of the Motion to Discharge, the City Council will vote on the legislation later this week. Read more »

NYPD Press Office Misleads About True Impact of Reform Bills

The NYPD's office of Public Information released a misleading graphic today, which purports to show the impact that the Community Safety Act would have on everyday policing strategies. 

See below for a fact check and information on the real, positive impact that the Community Safety Act will have on the NYPD and the communities it serves.

MS 51 Commencement Remarks

More than anything else, I want to tell you how proud we are of you today.  After all the nagging, begging you to get out of bed, or to go to sleep, asking whether your homework is done, what healthy food you’ve had to eat, what you’re wearing, or who you’re dating (not that I would know anything about any of those things personally, of course).  After all that:  today, we see you like we have new eyes: what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve learned, how hard you’ve worked, how nice your friends are, what fantastic young adults you are becoming.  I know e Read more »

Let's do something about violence this Father's Day

Father’s Day is a reminder of the deeply important role that my father played in my life and the important values he instilled in me. My dad is one of those rare people who treats everyone he meets with real respect and dignity. As a father, I work hard to pass those values on to my children. I long for a world where both my daughter and my son can walk down the street without being harassed, expect to be treated equally in the workplace, and do their part to end violence and spread respect for all. Read more »

Rowing together toward a sustainable future for the Gowanus Canal

Cleaning up the Gowanus Canal has been a top community priority for many years. With the US EPA’s Superfund plan nearly finalized, we are moving closer to a cleaner canal. I’m glad to be working together with so many in the community — and joining some of you in a canoe race on the Canal this Saturday to call attention to our continued efforts. Read more »

In the Press: City Council bill would replace runoff elections with ballots that rank candidates

New York Daily News

A new City Council effort would eliminate costly and cumbersome runoff elections in favor of instant runoffs in which voters would rank candidates to choose their favored contender in a primary election.

Backers of the proposal plan to introduce a bill in the Council on Wednesday that would put the matter to a voter referendum. It could take effect as early as 2017. Read more »

More Steps Toward a Greener NYC

A cleaner environment starts at home – by reducing waste and saving electricity – but it also requires taking action together.

Environmental sustainability has been a priority for me at the City Council and in our neighborhoods. I’ve fought for a cleaner Gowanus Canal, reduced cruise ship pollution on our waterfront, greener building and zoning codes, and expanded recycling.

But Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call that the realities of climate change are here, and we have to do more. Please join me this summer as we take steps for a greener New York City. Read more »

In the Press: My protest paid off: Fast-food workers speak out

CNN Money

Eddie Guzman needed to work at least 20 hours a week to be eligible for welfare programs, such as food stamps and affordable housing. But his requests for more hours at the Brooklyn Burger King were met with deaf ears. Guzman's managers kept his working hours between 12 and 15 a week.

Tired of waiting, Guzman joined a protest and signed a petition in March advocating for more hours and better pay. Two weeks later, he was fired. He said his manager told him that signing the petition disrespected him.

One of the restaurant's managers, Imran Ali, said that Guzman was fired because he didn't give the store enough notice before not showing up for a shift.

"I didn't want to let them take advantage of me and not do anything about it," Guzman said. "I couldn't believe that I got fired just for that."

But community organizers and New York city council member Brad Lander went to the Burger King to ask for his job back.

"New York's fast food workers have courageously stood up for fair pay and treatment and I've been honored to stand with them," Lander said.

Within days, Guzman had his job back and was scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week.

"I wanted better for myself," he said. Read more »

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 »

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