Elected Officials Call for Extension of 50’ Height Limit to Save LICH and Protect Cobble Hill

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Brooklyn elected officials called on the Bloomberg Administration to extend Cobble Hill’s existing 50’ height limit to cover the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) campus, in order to help save LICH and protect Cobble Hill. Read more »

Lander Cheers More Frequent Service for B61 Bus

Following a string of improvements in response to December 2011 report and labor-community campaign, MTA adds additional service in AM, midday

Brooklyn, NY – City Councilmember Brad Lander applauded an MTA plan to add additional buses to Brooklyn’s B61 bus route, improving service during AM rush hour and midday. The changes will go into effect in April. Read more »

Statement on Long Island College Hospital

Statement to the SUNY Board of Trustees on the
Proposed Closure of Long Island College Hospital

Chairman McCall, members of the Board of Trustees, while I appreciate the opportunity to testify today, I must start by strenuously objecting to the rushed nature of this hearing, which denies many members of my community the opportunity to comment, and undermines the integrity of your public process.

I am here today to plead with you to reconsider your plan to close Long Island College Hospital. It is the wrong plan. It will do real harm to families and to our community. It is a long-term abandonment of essential health care infrastructure. And it unfortunately raises serious questions about SUNY Downstate’s intentions at the time of its acquisition of LICH in 2011. Read more »

In the Press: Park Slope School Celebrates Shiny New Bathrooms with Ribbon Cutting


PARK SLOPE — Kids at P.S. 124 are flush with excitement.

After years of dealing with grungy bathrooms, the school cut the ribbon Thursday on a set of shiny new commodes for its kindergartners.

The bathrooms got their long overdue makeover as part of City Councilman Brad Lander's participatory budgeting program, where local residents get to choose how government dollars are spent in their neighborhood. Read more »

EPA’s Proposed Plan for the Gowanus Canal

Preliminary Statement on the EPA’s Proposed Plan for the Gowanus Canal

January 23, 2013

For so many years, cleaning up the Gowanus Canal has been an abiding priority of this community, and I am very pleased to see that day getting closer.

Thank you to the EPA team – especially Judith Enck, Walter Mugdan, Christos Tsiamis, and Natalie Loney – for your diligent work on this project, to the many partners in government who have been pushing for a Gowanus cleanup, and to so many community advocates who have been working tirelessly to get to this point. Read more »

2012 Annual Report: Revolutionary Civics in Action

Our community stepped up in big ways in 2012. We made Participatory Budgeting a huge success in its first year. We organized enormous support and relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. We opened new libraries, and continued to work together to improve our public schools, parks, streets, and safety. And we organized together for change at City Hall to help build a more just, sustainable, and equal city. Read more »

Join me at the EPA's Gowanus Canal cleanup meeting tonight (or tomorrow)

EPA inspects Gowanus after Hurricane Sandy

Cleaning up the deeply polluted Gowanus Canal has long been a priority of this community, and I am pleased to report that we are getting closer to that goal. The canal was designated a Superfund site by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2010, and the EPA has now issued its Proposed Plan for cleaning up the Gowanus Canal. Read more »

Taking the dream forward

Tomorrow we commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama’s second term as President.  This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in August 1963.

We’ve come a long way, of course, but have so far to go, toward Dr. King’s dream of a nation that judges people by character rather than skin color, toward a “more perfect union,” toward a nation that lives out the true meaning of our founding ideal of equality.

There are so many ways to be part of this struggle.  Read more »

Despair into hope

“What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other’s despair into hope?” – Adrienne Rich (1929 – 2012) 

I can’t remember a year I was so ready to see in the rear-view mirror.

There were many bright spots, course – around the world, in NYC, and for my family.  I’ll especially remember the inspiration of the Olympics (I’m still a sucker for a global festival), the relief of President Obama’s re-election, the power of the silent march down Fifth Avenue calling for reform of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk abuse, my son’s becoming a bar mitzvah, and the birth of beautiful new baby boys into the families of two dear co-workers.

But the tragedies of the past few months will always shape our memory of 2012.  Hurricane Sandy’s wanton destruction, and the ongoing grief it has caused for so many (including our friends from Belle Harbor Manor, housed for a few weeks at the Park Slope Armory, who are still not back home, and living in far-from-ideal conditions).  The very personal losses of Jon Kest & Jesse Streich-Kest.  The less personal but deeply angering losses of 112 Bangladeshi lives in a preventable factory fire.  And of course, the still-incomprehensible taking of the lives of those 20 kids and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  So I am ready to let this year go. 

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In the Press: Class at PS 230, Who Tried Out PB

Kensington BK

When you start thinking about making your community better while you’re in the 5th grade, you’re a terrific person in our book. Which is why we salute Class 5-215 at PS 230, who were so inspired by Councilman Brad Lander’s participatory budgeting project that they tried it out in their own classroom. The students: Read more »

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