In the Press: Cruise Ships Docked at Red Hook Terminal 'Choking Brooklyn,' Community Leaders Say

Brad speaking at Shore Power press conference
New York Daily News

Cruise ships docked in Brooklyn are spewing tons of noxious fumes into the air, and a fix is bogged down in two years of bureaucratic nonsense, officials and community leaders complained Monday.

Cruise ships that dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook have to run on diesel because there's no way for them to plug into the electric grid.

Government agencies have pledged $15 million to build an electric system, known as shore power. But the Port Authority, which owns the property, and the city Economic Development Corp., which runs the terminal, are still fighting over who should have to pay to maintain it.

"We've had two years of idling ships and idling negotiations," said City Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). Read more »

Putting the Bush-era tax breaks to work for New York

It’s been a busy few days in Washington. I’m thrilled about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the one-year extension of unemployment benefits to the millions of Americans who can’t find work in these difficult times.

But I remain very disappointed with the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts to the wealthiest households in the U.S. This is terrible public policy. It comes at a time of growing income concentration, will do little to stimulate the economy, and increase the deficit in order to put more money in the pockets of millionaires. Read more »

Community Survey Results on Prospect Park West Reconfiguration

Councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Community Board 6 released the findings of their community survey on the new traffic configuration and two-way bike lane on Prospect Park West.

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In the Press: Progressive Caucus Applauds Study by Center for American Progress on the Benefits of Higher Wage Standards

Press release

New York, NY - Members of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus hailed today’s release by the Center for American Progress of “Creating Good Jobs in Our Communities: How Higher Wage Standards Affect Economic Development and Employment.” The Progressive Caucus welcomed the study’s findings, and called for passage of two key pieces of legislation to insure that taxpayer-funded subsidies in New York City are used to create good jobs. The study is available here.  Read more »

In the Press: NYC Needs a Responsible Banking Act

Huffington Post

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Over Thanksgiving weekend, I had the chance to see Inside Job – Charles Ferguson's stinging indictment of the financial sector surrounding the global financial crisis of 2008. It left me angry once again about how the explosion of predatory lending, combined with all the wrong incentives in the financial sector, stripped millions of families of their life savings, led to the financial meltdown, and cost millions of jobs around the world.  And also disappointed about how little real financial reform there has been since then, and how bleak the outlook for meaningful change in Washington is right now.

At the local level, though, we have the opportunity to take a meaningful step forward.  A NYC Responsible Banking Act would require banks that want to make money by holding on to the City of New York's cash to put forward a new generation of strategic plans and reports for how they are meeting the credit needs of our communities.

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Shop local this holiday season

7th Ave. Park Slope

I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. In addition to a great meal with family, my daughter Rosa and I had the chance to deliver Thanksgiving meals to some homebound seniors, and to remember just how grateful we are for our many blessings.

One of the many things that I'm thankful for in our neighborhoods are our local, independent businesses. As the holiday shopping season begins, I hope you'll do as much of it as you can with small businesses here in Brooklyn. Read more »

Brad and Edward Norton Honor National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners

Brad and Edward NortonNew York City Councilmembers Brad Lander, Letitia James and Jimmy Van Bramer were joined at today's Stated Council meeting by two-time Academy Award−nominated actor Edward Norton to recognize this year’s NYC−based National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winners. Heart of Brooklyn, which is a partnership between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and Prospect Park Zoo and Global Action Project Global, are two of just fifteen organizations nationwide to receive this prestigious annual award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). Read more »

In the Press: NYC Schools: Democratic Public Education, or Corporate Widget-Maker?

Huffington Post

Mike Bloomberg's nomination of Cathie Black as schools chancellor is not only a bad personnel move. It is a symbol of a critical choice we are facing: Are our public schools a place to educate well−rounded citizens for the New York City of tomorrow? Or are they the junior academy of corporate America, oriented around test-taking and the bottom line? Read more »

Serious Fire in Park Slope

As some of you may have heard, unfortunately there was a serious fire on 5th Ave and 17th Street yesterday afternoon. This fire caused major damage to 615 5th Ave, 617 5th Ave, 619 5th Ave and 255 17th Street. Fortunately, all the apartments were empty at the time of the fire and no residents were injured, but two firefighters did sustain minor injuries. My thoughts are with them for a speedy recovery, and I know the whole neighborhood extends our gratitude for their bravery. Read more »

Fifth Avenue Committee Personal Finance Workshops

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The Fifth Avenue Committee will be holding two workshops on personal finance in the coming weeks that we feel may be of interest to the community. Both workshops will be presented in English and Spanish. Read more »

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