In the Press: DOE may leave students hungry

New York Daily News
06/24/2010

The Department of Education is ending its practice of giving every student a free lunch without their parents having to prove their need - and 35 borough schools are on the list. DOE will require parents to apply for free meals each year, instead of every four years, and only qualified students will get them. Opponents said DOE's plan would reduce the number of free meals provided to students who need them most. "Unfortunately, there are families who should apply for free lunches but don't do it," said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Red Hook). "This means that low income kids would go hungry." Read more »

Citizen of the Week: Alicia Kershaw

Alicia Kershaw
Alicia and her fellow organizers founded Gallop NYC in 2005. They were inspired by “the power of horses” and their ability to heal. Alicia wants to reach as many people as possible and wants to spread the joy of therapeutic horseback riding. This week we honor Alicia Kershaw as Citizen of the Week for her outstanding contribution to our community’s disabled people through therapeutic horseback riding and for providing them with fun and hope.

Columbia Waterfront Update

Dear Columbia Waterfront Neighbors: I wanted to share with you some quick updates on a few neighborhood issues that affect the area along the Columbia Street Waterfront:

In the Press: Seniors Enjoy Free Walking at Park Slope Armory

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
06/10/2010

Starting on Wednesday, June 16, the YMCA Sports Complex at the Park Slope Armory will open its doors for Senior Citizens to enjoy free walking time on their beautiful indoor 200-meter track. The free program will run Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. The June kick-off for the program allows for participants to get inside from the heat and the free walking time will continue year-round.

In the Press: Elected Officials, City, Clash Over Living Wage Study-to-Be

New York Observer
06/08/2010

Tensions are rising over living wage. The Bloomberg administration's plan to study the effects of living wage laws came under attack today from a set of Council members and City Comptroller John Liu, who called the effort a "sham." In addition, nine Council members wrote a letter to Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky asking him to take a more objective approach, given that the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly voiced opposition to many living wage requirements. "I welcome informative data that helps us make decisions, but given that the city has already indicated that it is skeptical of this policy, how can we be confident that the study will be objective and independent?" Councilman Brad Lander said today via phone. Read more »

Working Together to Keep Our Kids Safe Online

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the premier screening of Reel Works Teen Filmaking's new educational film, Clicking with Caution, at MS 51, the William Alexander School, in Park Slope. Reel Works is a nonprofit youth media organization that provides free filmmaking workshops for students with one-on-one mentoring by professional filmmakers. Students at MS 51 and Reel Works worked together to produce Clicking with Caution, a set of four short films on teen internet safety.

In the Press - Video: Anger of Brooklyn's Abandoned Lots

WPIX Channel 11
06/03/2010

Channel 11 investigates stalled developments in Brooklyn, and talks to Brad about the problems and opportunities they present. Read more »

Safer Kensington streets

I've heard from many of my constituents about dangerous intersections in Kensington -- especially Church Avenue at both McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway. So I am very happy to report on some good news we've received from the NYC Department of Transportation about projects that are taking place this summer along and around Church Avenue.

In the Press: Combating trucks we were promised would not be on Columbia Street

Photo by Adam Armstrong
New York Daily News
05/27/2010

Beer distributor Phoenix Beverages is driving its trucks down Columbia St. to move cargo between waterfront piers - and neighborhood residents are hop-ping mad. Residents say the trucks tie up traffic on the narrow residential stretch, spew fumes, and present a safety hazard. "The street's narrow and not at all suited for truck traffic," said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). "Truck traffic is going to lead to accidents ... We do ... want a working waterfront, but [it has to] coexist with its neighbors." Read more »

In the Press: Report: Brooklyn Leads in Derelict Construction Sites

The Brooklyn Paper
06/01/2010

Brooklyn is pockmarked by a disproportionate number of abandoned development sites compared with the rest of the city, according to a report released last week by Eastern Consolidated, an investment services firm in Manhattan. Fallow sites might do little for the local economy, but they can also pose serious health hazards, according to Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who created an interactive Web site, www.stalleddevelopment.com, to track the zombies lurking in his district. Read more »

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