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
04/17/2013

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 »

Lander and Williams Praise New Report from Dept of Investigation

Sponsors of NYPD Inspector General Bill: “DOI’s oversight and recommendations are helping improve an agency in need of change.”

BROOKLYN, NY - Today, Council Members Brad Lander and Jumaane D. Williams – co-sponsors of the bill to establish NYPD oversight at the NYC Department of Investigation – praised a new report from the Department of Investigation detailing misguided policies and recommending corrective action for the NYC Board of Elections. The DOI found that the BOE overstaffed a low-turnout election day in 2011, costing the City at least $2.4M in unnecessary personnel expenses.

The BOE fully staffed all election districts under the auspices of allowing poll workers to practice on the new electronic machines. DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn told the Daily News, “Fully staffing all polling sites in the face of such low voter turnout is a costly way to do training,” a position backed by her office’s report.

Council Member Brad Lander praised DOI’s report, remarking that, “It’s great to see the City’s DOI do a thorough study of a public agency, identify problems, and make concrete recommendations for changes in policy. I look forward to the NYPD benefiting from similar oversight, making for better policing and a safer New York.”

"As chair of the Council's Committee on Oversight and Investigations, I have first-hand knowledge of the great work that DOI does,” Council Member Jumaane D. Williams said. “They are uniquely capable of engaging in comprehensive oversight and advising on potential reforms that can improve City functions such as, thanks to this new report, the work of our Board of Elections. Almost every major agency enjoys this type of effective independent review; hopefully soon the NYPD will benefit from comparable oversight, strengthening its internal function and external image." Read more »

Unveiling the PB ballot

Which projects will get your vote? The 2013 Participatory Budgeting ballot is here, with great projects that will invest in building a better neighborhood for us to share.

And next week, we will be kicking off the Participatory Budgeting Vote, with early voting Tuesday through Thursday and voting locations in your neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (April 6th and 7th). The projects that get the most votes will be funded in this year’s City budget. Read more »

In the Press: New Computers and Pedestrian Safety on Carroll Gardens Budget List

DNA Info
03/21/2013

COBBLE HILL AND CARROLL GARDENS — Renovated school bathrooms and new computers at Carroll Gardens Library  are some of the projects that could become a reality through City Councilman Brad Lander’s participatory budget program.

The program allows the community decide how to spend $1 million of Lander’s discretionary budget for public improvements.

Last fall, the several local committees brainstormed over ideas and narrowed them down based on use, feasibility and expense, since each project has a $500,000 limit. Read more »

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