In the Press: Local Developer Invests in Urban Meadow Community Garden

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Carroll Gardens Patch
04/22/2011

Down in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, a housing developer has donated $20,000 to the Urban Meadow community garden.

At the urging of Councilmember Brad Lander, Alex Barrett, who is developing apartments at 25 Carroll St., decided to give something back to the community.

Needless to say, the coordinators of the meadow were shocked and pleased with the donation.

"We sell muffins and t-shirts and $20,000 comes along? What?!" said Tamar Smith, a coordinator of the meadow, excitedly. Read more »

In the Press: City Needs to Step Up Foreclosure Programs

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Gotham Gazette
04/11/2011

Everywhere we turn, there is evidence of how Wall Street and financial institutions have failed to step up and take responsibility for the foreclosure crisis they caused.

A few weeks ago, Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, exposing how the explosion of predatory lending, combined with all the wrong incentives in the financial sector, stripped countless families of their life savings and cost millions of jobs around the world. Read more »

Shore Power is Finally Coming to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal

Several months ago, many of you joined me and other local elected officials to demand that shore power be brought to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal, so that ships can plug into an electrical grid at the port rather than keeping their diesel engines running while at the terminal, emitting dangerous fumes for hours at a time. We can all breathe a little easier today because we have just heard that the Mayor, Port Authority, EPA, EDC, NYPA, and Carnival Cruise Lines were finally able to reach a landmark agreement to bring shore power to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal. Read more »

Kensington Youthmarket/Be a Kensington Teen Battle Chef!

In partnership with GrowNYC’s Youthmarket and the non-profit organization Family Cook Productions, my office will be bringing a youth-run farm stand to Fort Hamilton Parkway between East 4th Street and East 5th Street this summer.

The farm stand will operate every Saturday from July 9th to October 29th, with 6 students paid $10 an hour to run the stand during that time period. Before becoming Youthmarket employees, students will receive training through Family Cook Productions’ Teen Battle Chef program. Read more »

Why We Still Can't Wait

Why We (Still) Can’t Wait.
Rabbi Andy Bachman & NYC Councilmember Brad Lander

Forty-three years ago this month, our nation watched the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The images were seared into our minds, along with the sense that our nation had lost a beacon of hope in the ongoing struggle for racial and economic justice. Though he had lived to see many important advances and constitutional guarantees for all Americans regardless of race or creed, Dr. King was murdered before he had made much progress toward another vitally important goal: economic justice. Read more »

Community Discussion on the NYC “Green Infrastructure” Plan – and its relevance for the Gowanus watershed – with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a "green infrastructure" plan to help clean up NYC’s waterways. On April 14th, my office will be hosting a community discussion about the Green Infrastructure Plan with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway. Commissioner Holloway and DEP staff will talk about the plan, what it means for the Gowanus area, and how local residents can participate (including a DEP grants program for local residents, business, and not-for-profit groups). Read more »

A note on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

100 years ago today, in a building off Washington Square, 146 Jewish and Italian immigrant seamstresses died because their employer cared more about a few extra pennies of profit than about their lives. The tragedy sparked a movement for the rights of workers that helped bring many of the legal protections and safety standards that we take for granted today. Unfortunately, 100 years later, we’ve still got a long way to go.

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A Night of Conversation between District 39 Parents and Teachers and DOE's Shael Polakow-Suransky

About 200 community residents, parents, and teachers joined us on March 14th for a community conversation on public school instruction, assessment, and accountability with Shael Polakow-Suransky, the Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor at the NYC Department of Education. While we did not answer every question, and we certainly did not reach a consensus, it was a thought-provoking evening, and I wanted to share some of what was discussed with those of you who were not able to make it. Read more »

Show your support for rent regulation at a rally tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, the main group fighting against rent regulation, the “Rent Stabilization Association” (a very misleading name) is having a town hall meeting in the heart of Park Slope. This is a great opportunity to make our voices heard and let the landlords and property owners know that New Yorkers want to see these rent regulations and tenant protections extended and strengthened.

Please join me for a rally outside the meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night:

  • When: Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Where: 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

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In the Press: Brooklyn pol wants to put banks on the hook for maintaining New York homes they foreclose on

New York Daily News
03/02/2011

A Brooklyn city councilman wants to put banks on the hook for maintaining the homes they foreclose on in New York.

Democrat Brad Lander plans to introduce a bill on Wednesday requiring banks to post a $10,000 bond with every foreclosure case, which the city could tap to pay for housing code violations and emergency repairs.

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