Help the NYPD identify this attacker of seniors

The suspect who police believe robbed a 91 year old Park Slope woman at gunpoint in March has been linked to four other recent attacks involving elderly women in their 70’s and 80’s from Kensington, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Ridgewood, Queens. The most recent attack happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Beverly Road in Kensington, and involved an 83 year old woman. Together the 66th Precinct and 78th Precinct are asking for help identifying the man pictured in this wanted poster

Anyone with information should call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential. Read more »

Some new candidates on the (PBNYC) ballot!

PBNYC Vote Week is underway – and there are some new candidates on the ballot!

For the first time ever, we’ll be offering a brand new voting opportunity. In addition to voting on how to spend $1.5 million on the “capital projects ballot” (with 13 great projects like those from prior years), you’ll also get to vote on how to spend $50,000 on our brand new “program ballot.” 

Every year, during the PBNYC brainstorming phase, we hear many great ideas that don’t meet the criteria for “city capital” funding, which has to be for “bricks-and-mortar” projects.

So this year, we are offering an entire second ballot of projects that qualify for city “programmatic” funding that lets us really take advantage of all the creativity we see in PBNYC.  I’m proud to say we are the only district in NYC piloting this new opportunity. Read more »

Reviving a New York City Tradition of Defending Human Rights

Originally published in NY Slant

By Council Members Brad Lander and Darlene Mealy

As the Broadway hit “Hamilton” is teaching a new generation, New York City is built on a long and storied history of providing a home for people of every class, color, creed and identity. We’ve long been known as a tolerant and welcoming place for all and a leader in advancing human rights.

But we also know that New York City can only achieve its promise when all of us – regardless of our background – have full and equal ability to achieve our potential.

Unfortunately, for most of the past two decades, the city’s Commission on Human Rights withered in its capacity to enforce the protections afforded by the Human Rights Law. Mayor Rudy Giuliani decimated the commission (which in 1991, under Mayor David Dinkins, had a staff of 241 and a budget of $9.5 million) shrinking it to just seven investigators and four attorneys by 2001. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made modest restorations, but still left the agency with a staff of just 66, with the city putting in just $1.1 million, 80 percent less than two decades earlier. The time it took to resolve a case grew longer every single year of the Bloomberg Administration. Read more »

Here’s why #IVotePBNYC. How about you?

It’s just one week until the start of our 5th annual participatory budgeting (PBNYC) vote week, when you and your neighbors get to vote on some great projects in our neighborhoods. Please take a minute this weekend to decide where and when to vote, review the projects on the ballot, and pledge to vote.

We’re already seeing a lot of strong PBNYC spirit across the district, and looking forward to seeing more! Already hundreds of you have pledged to vote this year, and our volunteers are hitting the streets this weekend to help get the word out. Here’s some of what’s been happening as we get closer to the vote: Read more »

Help our very own Vision Zero teen champion!

Just over a year ago, one very impressive Park Slope teenager, Alison Collard de Beaufort, (an MS 51 alum and current Brooklyn Tech student) made headlines by helping to launch the Vision Zero Youth Council -- a group of young people, tired of seeing their fellow students killed in traffic crashes, who are pushing for better pedestrian safety across the city. Read more »

Join me to help CHiPS provide food & shelter for our neighbors!

Many of you are already familiar with CHiPS (Community Help in Park Slope) from volunteering to cook or serve a meal at their soup kitchen. If not, here’s your chance to learn more. Either way, I hope you’ll join me in supporting them today – by buying tickets to their first annual gala on April 6th  or by making a direct contribution! Read more »

PBNYC 2016 Ballot is here: What will you choose?

You’re going to get a lot of chances to vote this year – the Presidential primary in April, the State legislative primary in September, and the General Election in November.

But only one ballot contains 13 fantastic local projects to improve our schools, parks, libraries, streets and transit: the PBNYC 2016 ballot for our district is here, and its time to get ready to vote on how you want to spend $1.5 million. Read more »

Op-Ed: Pay freelancers — or pay a legal price

By Brad Lander and Sara Horowitz

Originally published in NY Daily News 

For freelance theater technician Lily Meyer, the hardest part of her job isn’t the long hours or demanding work environment. The hardest part is getting paid.

As she found out after a client failed to pay her for $10,000 of work she’d already done, there is little recourse for independent workers when they’ve been stiffed. Read more »

A web designer, a model, and a freelance court reporter walk into City Hall…

It should be the set-up line for a joke. But instead, it was to tell their stories of wage theft. The web designer, the model, and the freelance court reporter had all been cheated out of thousands of dollars for work they had done.

At a New York City Council hearing last Monday, more than 100 graphic designers, consultants, writers, and other representatives of NYC’s 1.3 million independent workers turned out in droves to testify. Read more »

Super Tuesday, PBNYC style: Take action for democracy tonight!

The Super Tuesday results are coming in … from Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and even American Samoa.

But you can take “Super Tuesday” action for democracy, right now, right here in Brooklyn!

That’s because we’re quickly coming up on our 5th Year of Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC), the process by which New Yorkers vote to fund specific community projects (submitted by their neighbors) designed to improve their neighborhood public spaces. There’s nothing quite like this truly participatory democracy, in its purest and most community-focused form to make us forget about all the primary season negativity, and get excited to vote again. Read more »

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