Thank you and prayers to injured Shomrim volunteers

I want to extend my thanks and prayers to the four members of the Borough Park Shomrim/Brooklyn South Safety Patrol who were shot last night in the course of apprehending a suspect on 10th Ave in Borough Park. I am deeply hopeful that all four will make a swift and complete recovery, and especially grateful for the courage and extraordinary dedication of all the Shomrim members to the safety of our community. Read more »

In the Press: New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

The Nation
08/30/2010

New York's foreclosure problem has become a full-blown crisis.

In 2009, there were 50,000 foreclosures in the entire state and nearly half were in New York City. Now, over 265,000 mortgages are past due or in the foreclosure process. Foreclosures in the city were up 16 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Banks have provided little relief, making less than 12,000 permanent modifications throughout New York since May 2009.

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City Council-sponsored town hall meeting on hyrdo-fracking

On Monday night, I took part in a Town Hall meeting sponsored by the New York City Council on the issue of "hydraulic fracturing" -- the untested, unregulated, very risky process of drilling for natural gas deep underground, in a way that could jeopardize the water supply for nearly 10 million New Yorkers. Read more »

State and City Legislators Hold Press Conference to Announce Legislation That Holds Banks Accountable for Foreclosed Homes

Updated:  Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation, writes in support of our anti-foreclosure legislation!

 

Today, New York State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, City Council Member Brad Lander and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) held a press conference with a coalition of State and City legislators to announce legislation that is aimed at holding banks responsible for foreclosed homes in New York. The proposed legislation emphasizes the importance of banks responsibly maintaining foreclosed homes if they cannot offer a viable mortgage modification to families in need.

Council Member Brad Lander said, “Too many banks are refusing to seriously engage in the broad range of programs made available to help homeowners, causing our communities and families to suffer as a result. It is time to ratchet up the pressure and make sure the banks take responsibility.” Read more »

In the Press: Chabad of Kensington honors Lander

Kensington Prospect
08/23/2010

Chabad Lubavitch of Kensington hosted its 4th annual camp banquet on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at its Gan Israel Day Camp location on Ocean Parkway. Chabad Lubavitch of Kensington is a Brooklyn branch of international Chabad that unites over 5,000 Jewish families of New York’s Russian immigrant community. Rabbi Moshe Chaim and Doba Levin have opened their hearts and home to thousands of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, as well as American and Israeli Jews. The Gan Israel summer day camp is but one of Chabad of Kensington’s many programs and activities that assists thousands of Russian Jewish immigrants and their young families building new lives in New York.

The organization invited Councilmember Brad Lander to be the Guest of Honor at the Grand Banquet. Mr. Lander represents Kensington, Borough Park, and other Brooklyn neighborhoods in the City Council. Read more »

In the Press: Brad Lander on Charter Revision

New York Public Strategies
08/16/2010

The Charter Revision Commission, as predicted, has decided to pass on major changes to the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedures for this year. But political nature abhors a vacuum and City Council Brad Lander may try to fill it. Read more »

Public meeting on Hydrofracking on August 24th

Many of you have contacted my office about your deep opposition to the proposed practice of "hydraulic fracturing" - drilling for natural gas in an extremely risky way that would jeopardize NYC's water supply. Next week is an important chance to make our voices heard on this issue. Read more »

Helping Kids Get Ready for the School Year

Thank you to everyone who made a donation through our office to Operation Backpack, a program run by Volunteers of America that provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children living in New York City's homeless shelters. Read more »

Brad Participates in National Night Out Against Crime

Tuesday, August 3rd was National Night Out Against Crime, a nationwide event that has taken place every summer for the last 27 years. As part of this event, police officers join together with local residents and civic groups to sponsor an evening of activities in their precincts that will strengthen the police-community relationships. Read more »

August events

Rooftop Films at Old American Can Factory

Summer is winding down, but there are still a number of outdoor community events to look forward to. Read more »

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