In the Press: City Mulls Extending Tax Breaks to Jump-Start Stalled Sites

construction site

The city wants to give developers more time to take advantage of a tax abatement for new apartment buildings. Housing officials said the move is needed to get stalled construction sites moving but critics call the move a giveaway for real estate developers.

Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander disagrees and said the lost tax revenue is badly needed during this year's budget. Lander said many of the stalled sites were speculative projects that were started only to take advantage of the tax break. Read more »

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In the Press: Community Comes Together To Combat Homelessness

Carroll Gardens Patch

More than 50 community members gathered at Park Slope’s Old First Reformed Church Monday night for a discussion about homelessness in the city. The attendees came from different congregations and organizations around South Brooklyn to learn more about the problem and to discuss what can be done to combat it. Read more »

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Community Listening Session for the Reconstruction of Dome Playground Feb. 24th

On February 24th, come share your ideas for Dome Playgound with representatives of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. This is your chance to voice what facilities and programs you want in your park! Read more »

Why cuts are the wrong cure

The New York Times has two fantastic editorials today, one on Cuomo's "property tax ploy" (I'd call it a scam, after his his advertorial in the NY Post), and one on Philip Pullman's beautiful letter on public libraries. Read more »

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

Dear Brad, Read more »

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

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 »

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