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In the Press: City Councilor Files Amicus Brief in Mathieu Lefevre Case

The Village Voice
03/21/2012

Mathieu Lefevre was hardly the first cyclist killed on the streets of New York City, nor was the driver who ran him over the first to get a pass from the NYPD. Lefevre's family members weren't the first ones to be stonewalled as they tried to get details on how the police investigate fatal bike crashes. Read more »

In the Press: Lander calls for transparency from NYPD

Metro
03/15/2012

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD's budget will increase by millions of dollars for the fiscal year of 2013 — but some lawmakers claim he won't explain why.

Kelly presented a proposed budget for the counterterrorism and intelligence divisions of the police department at a City Council budget oversight hearing today. The proposed increase would bring the counterterrorism division's budget from $29.5 million in fiscal year 2012 to $47.4 million for fiscal year 2013, according to numbers given by Park Slope Councilman Brad Lander. Kelly also submitted a proposed increase for the intelligence division, which Lander said would be a $15 million increase from fiscal year 2009, bringing the budget to $60 million. Read more »

Statement following NYPD budget hearing

Councilmember Lander’s statement following the City Council Budget Oversight Hearing with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

I was very disappointed with Commissioner Kelly’s failure to answer basic budget questions about the NYPD’s surveillance and counter-intelligence programs. Commissioner Kelly asks us to trust him that NYPD officers are following the law, but he either could not or would not tell us what the NYPD is spending our money on. Read more »

In the Press: Council Members Ask Village Voice To End Relationship With Sex Trafficking Site

The Observer
02/29/2012

Councilman Brad Lander and Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito introduced a resolution today asking Village Voice Media to shut down thecontroversial “adult” section of its classified ad site Backpage.com. The resolution criticizes Backpage as a “platform to traffic minors for sex.”

“Whereas, Backpage.com’s adult section is facilitating sex trafficking and should alter its current practice; now, therefore, be it resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on Village Voice Media to shut down the adult section of its online classified site, Backpage.com, because it serves as a platform to traffic minors for sex.” Read more »

John Jay High School: One year later

Education is our right mural

A year ago, our community grappled with challenging issues surrounding changes at John Jay High School – issues of race, class, inequality, and community in public education. One year later, we sure haven’t solved those issues. But with the inspiring work of students, teachers, principals, parents, community groups, and volunteers, we are taking small but steady steps forward. Read more »

In the Press: Students at PS 58 Stand Up To Bullying

PS 58 students at reading about bullying
Carroll Gardens Patch
02/15/2012

According to The NYC Department of Education, February 13-17 has been designated as 'Respect For All Week' in all NYC public schools. During this week, schools take the opportunity to highlight ongoing diversity programs and open up a dialogue through curriculum-based instruction, engaging students in lessons and activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation or bullying.

At PS 58, located at 330 Smith Street between First Place and Carroll Street, fifth graders had the opportunity to meet with Councilmember Brad Lander, who kicked off the week by reading "Nobody Knew What To Do," a story about bullying. Afterward, the children then discussed their feelings about respecting differences. Read more »

We Need Better Traffic Accident Investigations

February 14, 2012 - Statement of City Councilmember Brad Lander on the February 15, 2012 Joint Hearing of New York City Council’s Committees on Public Safety and Transportation: “Examination of NYPD’s accident response & enforcement of traffic rules relating to cars, bikes, and trucks” Read more »

In the Press: Community Gathers to Stand Up Against Hateful Graffiti

Kensington Prospect
02/10/2012

Dozens of neighbors gathered last night at the vigil organized by Councilmember Brad Lander to stand up against anti-Muslim graffiti found outside of TDS Insurance on Beverley Road.

Mamun Ur Rashid, the owner of TDS Insurance, discovered the Islamaphobic vandalism on his store Monday morning and reported it to police.

“We do not want any religious conflict in Kensington,” he said in a statement released by Lander’s office. “We respect people of all faiths and seek to live together in peace.” Read more »

Hate has no place in our community

Over the weekend, a Muslim-owned business on Church Avenue was vandalized with Islamaphobic graffiti.

Kensington is one of Brooklyn’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods – with strong Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations, with long-time and newer residents, including immigrants from Bangladesh and Latin America. We all love this community’s vitality and cross-cultural exchange.

We must respond vigorously to bigotry targeting any group. Recently, Brooklyn has seen multiple anti-Semitic crimes – and the community has responded with appropriate outrage. Now, in the face of this Islamophobic attack on a member of Kensington’s Bangladeshi community, we must unite again. Read more »

In the Press: In Policing the Police, How Does NYC Compare to Other Cities?

WNET
02/03/2012

The NYPD is mired in yet another scandal this week — one of many in the last 12 months — over Commissioner Ray Kelly’s participation in a controversial police training video.

Some politicians and policy analysts are calling for a new independent agency to oversee the NYPD — something Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city won’t do. Read more »

Participatory Budgeting

What does your neighborhood need? An improved park? Safer streets? New school technology? In participatory budgeting, you give your ideas and City Councilmember Brad Lander has set aside $1 million to fund them. And your votes will decide which projects get funded.

Learn more here.