In the Press: Lander named one of "50 Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America"

Huffington Post

New York City Council member and former community organizer Brad Lander [is] among the many young politicians who serve as the progressive movement's key allies inside the world of politics.

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In the Press - Audio: Credit Checks on Job Applicants

The Brian Lehrer Show

Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39) Brad Lander talks about a proposal he's co-sponsoring to ban the use of credit checks during hiring in New York City. Plus,Emmett Pinkston talks about how an error on his credit report disqualified him for a job with the Transportation Security Administration two years ago.

Crime Stat Manipulation in NYPD Targeted by Report

City Councilmember Brad Lander calls for creation of NYPD Inspector General to investigate evidence of widespread crime statistic manipulation by the NYPD

Today, City Councilmember Brad Lander released a mini report (below) that overviews the evidence of crime statistic manipulation in the NYPD, and calls for an NYPD Inspector General to investigate. The mini report is the second in a new series, called “Investigation Needed,” which is highlighting unresolved controversies around NYPD policies that have never received independent investigation. Read more »

Last night's meeting approving Park Slope school rezonings

Last night the District 15 Community Education Council voted to implement the Department of Education’s proposed rezoning of some Park Slope elementary schools.

While the final plan does not accommodate every concern raised (and I understand that some of you remain disappointed) I believe the adopted plan does a good job of balancing challenging but important goals: addressing elementary school overcrowding, strengthening existing schools, creating great new schools, and advancing a new policy for diversity. Read more »

Giving thanks for "courtesy, gentleness and goodness beyond description"

Over the past month, we’ve had stark reminders of how much most of us have to be grateful for. Our homes and our health. Our families and our neighborhoods. Heat and power and food to eat. Our safety, and indeed our very lives.

We’ve seen – far too dramatically and close to home – how fragile those things can be, and we’ve been reminded not to take them for granted. Read more »

Signs of recovery

It took more than two weeks, but most of our neighbors in Red Hook finally have power, and more and more public housing buildings are getting their heat restored each day. Residents are rightfully angry that it took this long - and there will be a time soon to look at what happened, what should have been done differently, who’s accountable for it, and what we need to learn for the future. But I’m sure glad to see the progress. Read more »

Gowanus: Cleaning up and looking forward

When I visited Gowanus as Hurricane Sandy first made landfall, I saw the canal rising over its banks, flooding neighboring streets, and approaching businesses and homes.

Like many of you, I was very concerned. The cleanup of the Gowanus Canal has long been a priority of this community and thanks to the efforts of local advocates, the canal is now an EPA Superfund Site. The flooding we saw during Hurricane Sandy made it clear why it is so important for us to continue to push for a comprehensive, forward-looking cleanup plan. Read more »

DOE's revised school rezoning proposal

Last night, the District 15 Community Education Council (CEC) hosted a meeting on the Department of Education’s proposal to rezone some elementary schools in Park Slope. The proposal has been revised based on feedback from previous public meetings. The new proposal eliminates changes to PS 39, and shifts the areas of the PS 321 zone that would be rezoned to a new school at the St. Thomas Aquinas school building (on 4th Avenue at 8th Street). Read more »

Lander Urges Developer to Withdraw Controversial Gowanus Proposal

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which brought destruction to many of New York City’s low-lying areas, City Councilmember Lander called on the Lightstone Group to withdraw its application to build a large residential development on the banks of the Gowanus Canal – and to instead participate in a comprehensive planning process for the area. The Gowanus, a highly polluted Superfund Site, overflowed during Hurricane Sandy and flooded nearby residences and businesses. Read more »

Behind the Scenes of Participatory Budgeting in District 39

By Rachel Fine of the Participatory Budgeting District Committee 

As a District Committee member, I have been focusing on getting the word out about participatory budgeting and engaging our district’s diverse communities in this process. Although the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for the neighborhood assemblies, our outreach efforts have targeted a number of communities. Read more »

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