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 »

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 »

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