Results are in…PBNYC Project Winners!

During Participatory Budgeting (“PBNYC”) voting week close to 2,700 people showed up to take part in expanding democracy and supporting our neighborhood.

Residents from across our district turned out by the hundreds to vote at schools and community spaces and at pop-up locations in parks and plazas. We held polling places at senior centers, the mosques in Kensington, the Little League Parade, and Mayor de Blasio even dropped by PS 282 in Park Slope to cast his vote. Best of all, we opened up the process to 14 year olds this year too!

Without further delay, the 2015 winning Participatory Budgeting projects are … Read more »

In the Press: How Cities’ Funding Woes Are Driving Racial and Economic Injustice—And What We Can Do About It

The Nation

It doesn’t stop with Ferguson—common underlying problems create conflict and tension across the country.

In August 2014, the municipality of Ferguson, Missouri erupted onto the national scene. In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown, we learned much about economic and political life in Ferguson and greater St. Louis County. Read more »

Breaking Ground at Dome Playground

The kids of Borough Park and Kensington need more room to play – so I’m very pleased that our renovation of Dome Playground (at Dahill Road and 38th Street) will double the size of the children’s play area, and make the whole park better for families. Today the City broke ground on this exciting renovation that will include a new spray shower area, a seating plaza, an open lawn, and planting beds. The renovation is expected to be finished in about a year. Check out the rendering to see the changes that are in the works.

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Earth Day 2015: Toward a more sustainable NYC

This Earth Day, I’m relieved that spring is finally here, after such a long and harsh winter.

But even as the weather lifts our spirits, we urgently need the reminder – the inconvenient truth – of the enormous work we must do to confront climate change if we want to have a safe planet to hand over to our children and grandchildren. The evidence is ever-more incontrovertible.   

Today, New York City took some strong steps in the right direction. I’m enthusiastic about Mayor de Blasio’s announcement of the City’s new One NYC Plan for a sustainable and resilient city, and one that works for all New Yorkers. Income inequality and climate change are the twin crises of our generation – so it is smart, urgent, and morally compelling to fight them together. Read more »

Statement on Development Plan for the Pavilion Theater

I am distressed by Hidrock Realty’s plan – reported this morning in the Real Deal – to close our neighborhood movie theater, the Pavilion, for luxury housing. The Pavilion is a long-time local fixture, open to neighbors of every generation. My family has enjoyed countless movies there, and our kids have been able to walk there with their friends. Even in its somewhat-faded glory, the Pavilion is a part of growing up and being a family in Park Slope. Read more »

Ending Discriminatory Employment Credit Checks – NYC Leads the Way

Earlier this week, we got an e-mail from a single mom named Ann: 

“As a single mom, recently laid off, I truly felt fear I wouldn't be able to get another job due to my daughter's college loans on my credit reports.  I saw yesterday's article in the Daily News "Credit reports to be history" and I felt a new lease on life. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Yesterday, the City Council took a big step toward helping New Yorkers like Ann who are down on their luck to get back on their feet, by passing my bill (Intro 261-A) – the strongest of its type in the country – to prohibit employers from using credit checks in hiring and employment. Read more »

Another Plaza in the Works for Kensington

Kensington Plaza (at Church Avenue and Beverley Road) has been an important addition to a neighborhood with limited public space. It’s a space that our community members take pride in, where we can meet one another, socialize, and enjoy life in NYC. 

My office worked with community groups to help create Kensington Plaza in response to residents organizing for more open space. Now together with Neighborhood Plaza Partnership and Kensington Stewards, we have the opportunity to create another open space in the area together. Read more »

Ready, Set, VOTE!

UPDATE: Thanks so much to all of you who for turned out to vote in our “PBNYC” participatory budgeting election last weekend! It was great to see so many of you come out for our annual celebration of grassroots democracy. We’ll be announcing the results early next week. Read more »

More crossing guards, less testing, and hordes of runners!

All year parents at the new pre-K program at Bishop Ford have been concerned about the dangerous intersection at 10th Avenue & 19th Street – where hundreds of 4 year-olds cross every day with no crossing guard. So I’m happy to announce that due to our combined efforts (with help from City Hall and the 72nd Precinct), a crossing guard will be stationed there starting today.

But this is a problem that exists across the city. School crossing guards are some of NYC’s most essential workers – but we don’t have enough to keep all our kids safe, so many dangerous intersections are uncovered.

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Next week - Cast your $1.5 million vote

It’s almost here. Voting in Participatory Budgeting will officially kick off on Tuesday!

You can be one of the first to vote by coming to our project expo and vote kick off event, where you’ll see boards describing each project, meet the volunteers behind the work, and get a chance to ask any questions you have about this year’s ballot – and then cast your vote and stick around for some refreshments. Read more »

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