Snow baby!

We raised a loud voice of criticism after the City's response to the December blizzard, so I thought it was the right thing to post this note of thanks and praise to City workers & officials, from this very happy new grandmother:

January 27, 2010

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Hosting some great events, hope to see you there

My office is putting a bunch of great events in the next couple of weeks -- including a community discussion on homelessness, a youth & crime prevention workshop (with DA Hynes, Judge Calabrese, and the COs from the 72nd and 66th Precincts), and a community visioning session on Dome Playground.  We hope that you'll be able to join me and my staff at some of them.

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Reporting back to you (one year in)

As a deep believer in democratic accountability, I know it is essential to report back to the community that I serve.

One year into my tenure in the City Council, I’m pleased to share an annual report on some of what we accomplished in 2010, and a little of what we’re hoping to do in the year to come.

You can view the report here – it is broken down by issue, and by the various neighborhoods in the district. Read more »

In the Press: NYC Council Progressive Caucus Responds to Bloomberg's State of the City Address

Huffington Post
01/19/2011

The tragic shooting in Arizona earlier this month has caused us all to reflect on the plague of gun violence in our society, and the need for greater civility in our political discourse. We laud the Mayor for his longstanding leadership and tireless efforts to get illegal guns off of our streets, and to reduce gun violence.

But we are disappointed that Mayor Bloomberg spoke about the need to "face reality" in his State of the City Speech today without outlining a real plan of action to address the economic realities facing most New Yorkers at a time when our city remains in a severe economic crisis. Read more »

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Join Me at a Public Safety Community Forum

Charles J. Hynes, Kings County District Attorney & Brad Lander, NYC Councilmember
invite you to
Taking Action to Protect Ourselves, Our Children and Our Community

Speak with Kings County District Attorney Hynes, 66th Precinct Deputy Inspector Sprague, 72nd Precinct Deputy Inspector Pintos and the Honorable Judge Calabrese, Red Hook Justice Center Presiding Judge on the following: Read more »

Shop local: Brancaccio's Food Shop (delicious + save 10%)

I've been meaning to get to Brancaccio's Food Shop at 3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway (between E. 2nd and E. 3rd Street, on the Windsor Terrace/Kensington border) for a while, since first reading about it on the Kensington Prospect blog around the time it opened a year ago.  Finally made it by to pick up lunch yesterday -- wish I had done it much sooner (and I'll be back shortly). Read more »

Honoring Dr. King's Legacy

MLK Day always serves as an inspiration -- not only in the deeds and words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, but also of those working to further his legacy -- and as a reminder of how far we have to go to achieve racial and economic justice in our society. Read more »

John Jay High School, and some hard truths

The NYC Department of Education is proposing changes to the John Jay High School campus in Park Slope (which currently houses the Secondary Schools of Law, Journalism, and Research). DOE’s proposal is to bring in a new, fourth school – Millennium Brooklyn, a selective high school, with priority given to students who reside in Brooklyn, as well as an inclusion program for students with autism – and to phase out the middle school programs at the Secondary Schools of Law and Journalism (they would continue as high schools).

The proposed changes raise a series of challenging issues. I believe it is important to be honest about the hard truths of race, class, inequality, and education that the situation at John Jay highlights. My testimony tonight will seek to address these truths, and to make recommendations to the DOE.

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Blizzard Cleanup Report and Hearings

Tomorrow morning, the City Council will be holding its first hearing to examine why the City's cleanup efforts after the December 26th blizzard were so much worse than in past storms, and what must be done to address these failures going forward. If you are interested, you can watch the hearing live. Read more »

Service suspensions on the F/G line in Kensington/Windsor Terrace

Many of you have contacted my office today after learning abruptly that Queens-bound F/G service will be suspended at the Fort Hamilton Parkway and 15th Street stations for the next five months.

This is part of a necessary project to rehabilitate the F/G line. But the MTA did not do enough outreach to provide advance notice and has not offered adequate alternative service. I will be working immediately to push the MTA to provide better alternative service during the project.

I am calling upon the MTA to implement regular shuttle bus service (at least at rush hour) or to extend and expand the service of nearby bus lines. I have been in touch with MTA officials to suggest these kinds of alternatives, and will continue to strongly urge the MTA to implement them.

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