Save the date: 4th annual PTA 5K run in Prospect Park on Sat., 4/30!

Start of 2010 PTA 5KSave the date of Saturday April 30th for the fourth annual PTA 5K run in Prospect Park. Last year’s run was the best one so far, with over 500 parents, teachers and students from 17 different Brooklyn public schools taking part. Their efforts raised over $6500 for the participating schools and we hope to build on that success this year. Read more »

Upcoming Community Discussion with Schools Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky

On Monday, March 14th I am hosting a Community Conversation on Public School Instruction and Assessment with Shael Polakow-Suransky, the Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor at the NYC Department of Education.

This event will be a dialogue about teaching, learning, assessment, and accountability in New York City's public schools, including: Read more »

In the Press: Tax breaks on real estate deals for people like A-Rod cost city 900M a year

New York Daily News

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will pay virtually no property tax for a $6 million apartment he is buying on the upper West Side due to the 421A program, which ended in December for any new construction. The city's powerful real estate industry is determined to get it renewed and even get it expanded.

Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander has been leading the fight against that renewal.

It's too much of a giveaway to developers, Lander says, especially since there's already a glut of luxury housing in this town.

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Standing in solidarity this weekend (with pride, and some distress)

Progressive activists are taking to the streets this weekend to show support for two important causes:

On Saturday, from 1-3 pm at Foley Square, I'll be joining Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW and a wide range other groups to Stand Up for Women's Health.

On Sunday (at 1:30 pm at City Hall), I will join other elected officials in solidarity with public sector workers and unions in Wisconsin, and on Saturday at 11 am is hosting a public solidarity rally of their own.

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In the Press: Legislation To Reduce Alternate Side Parking Regulations Moves Forward

Carroll Gardens Patch

In her State of the City address yesterday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced her support of legislation introduced by Councilmember Brad Lander that will drastically affect the lives of city drivers.

The legislation (Intro 287) will reduce alternate side parking regulations citywide to once a week per side of the street in districts that achieve cleanliness ratings of 90 percent or above on the Mayor's Office of Operation's "scorecard," which the city  uses to measure street cleanliness. Read more »

In the Press: Naked lunchroom! PS 107 left without its cook in city budget cut

The Brooklyn Paper

Parents at Park Slope's PS 107 are fired up over a city decision to transfer their beloved lunch lady because the lunchroom serves slightly less than the minimum daily requirement of school meals.

The Department of Education has transferred Lucy Torres — who has worked at the school for 17 years — because her school is about 50 PB&Js short of the required 300 lunches.

"It seems like a stingy and heartless decision to make her transfer only one year before retirement," said Rachel Goodman, an aide to Councilman Brad Lander (D−Park Slope).

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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 »

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