In the Press: Brooklyn farmer's market, The YouthMarket, operated by local teens

New York Daily News
07/18/2011

Students are teaching Brooklynites to eat healthfully at a new farmer's market in Kensington.

The Youthmarket on Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. Fifth St., open every Saturday through Oct. 29, is the latest GrowNYC stand to sprout up in the five boroughs. Read more »

They heard you! Safer routes to Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park coming soon

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

This spring, more than 500 of you signed our petition calling on the NYC Department of Transportation to create safer routes for pedestrians walking to Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I’m pleased to report that DOT has put forward a plan to make safety improvements this summer. You can view DOT’s plan, which includes a number of steps to make the walk along Atlantic Avenue and/or Columbia Street safer.

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City Budget Roundup

The City Council passed New York City's budget for Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1 2011 - June 30 2012) this morning.  While it has been in the news in bits and pieces over the past few days, I wanted to give you a report on the budget as a whole.

Overall, I believe the budget we passed does a good job of preserving essential services – preventing teacher layoffs, restoring fire companies, day care slots, and library services – and keeping the city strong, and I was pleased to vote for it. That said, there are real and painful cuts that I wish we could have avoided. Going forward, I continue to believe that we will need to extend the State’s millionaire’s tax (and close some other tax loopholes) to achieve budget balance and protect services in a fair way.

In addition to the big picture – in the interests of transparency – I also wanted to let you know about the discretionary spending (“member items”) that my colleagues in the Council and I sponsored for a wide range of groups and projects in our communities.

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Quite a night!

The wheels of government were busy turning last night, in Albany and at City Hall:

Marriage equality: a historic step forward
 
I’m deeply proud to be a New Yorker today.  Marriage equality means that so many of our friends will know that their state doesn’t view their love as inferior, that many of our kids’ friends will know that we don’t think there’s something inadequate about their LGBT parents, and that LGBT kids won’t grow up thinking there’s something to be ashamed of.
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Honoring the 5th Grade Service Award Winners

Brad with students from PS 124If we want a democratic society — one that lives up to ideals of equality, of opportunity, of fairness, of creativity, of stewardship for future generations, of commitment to the common good — it starts with a celebration and a re−commitment to what can happen in our public schools.

To celebrate that spirit, my office is recognizing graduating 5th graders who have taken part in community service. We invited students to write essays about their own service to the community and how they would like to continue helping people in the future. Read more »

In the Press: The Education Mayor? Some Local Schools Think Not

Park Slope Patch
06/11/2011

At a rally that drew nearly every South Brooklyn school to Grand Army Plaza on Friday afternoon, hundreds of protestors issues myriad complaints against Michael Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts to New York City’s public schools.

Councilmember Lander encouraged the kids to organize, calling 311, tweeting, signing letters, handing out flyers and marching down Prospect Park West to inform the Celebrate Brooklyn goers of the woes of the New York City school system. Read more »

In the Press: After Threat, Funding for Carroll Park Employee Restored

Carroll Gardens Patch
06/10/2011

When there's enough passion involved, things can happen very quickly.

Just over a day ago, word spread on message boards and blogs that beloved Carroll Park playground associate Kathleen Henderson's job would no longer be funded by the Parks Department.

Parents and locals rallied together and, frantically, sent emails and made distressed phone calls.

And just as quickly as parents rallied, so did Councilmember Brad Lander, whose office was contacted by concerned residents.

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In the Press: Love NYC's Diversity? Then Strengthen Rent Regulations

Huffington Post
06/03/2011

On June 15th, rent regulations that protect nearly three million New York City tenants will expire.

Democratic officials overwhelmingly support strengthening the rent laws, since their constituents rely on them. Upstate Republicans oppose a strong renewal, ideologically yes, but also because — as the head of the landlords' lobby said in a revealing recent video — landlords have "emptied our piggy bank" for Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos. Read more »

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In the Press: Prospect Park West to Be Co-Named for a Fallen Soldier

Julian Brennan with his parents
Park Slope Patch
06/01/2011

Later this year, one block of Prospect Park West may be getting a new name.

A City Council proposal aims to co-name a block of Prospect Park West between 14th Street and Bartel-Pritchard Square "LCpl. Julian T. Brennan, USMC Way," after Julian Brennan, a Marine and Park Slope resident who perished in 2009 while fighting in Afghanistan.

“He loved his country and expressed a deep empathy for the Afghan people. He grew up in South Park Slope and was an avid cyclist, and we wish to preserve the memory of this exemplary New Yorker for future generations by naming a beautiful South Park Slope block with a bike lane on it after him,” said Councilmember Brad Lander of Julian. Read more »

In the Press - Video: Elected Lawmakers Aim To Evenly Distribute Unwanted City Facilities

NY1
05/24/2011

Back in the 1980s, the city made an effort to regulate "Not In My Backyard" battles by setting up a system to spread unwanted facilities like homeless shelters and wanted facilities like libraries evenly throughout the five boroughs. However, elected leaders now say that effort did not go far enough. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Between the trash, the stench, the trucks and the smog, no one wants a waste transfer station in the neighborhood. Read more »

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