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

Press release
12/01/2010

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
11/30/2010

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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
11/11/2010

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 »

Statement on the Passage of the Culver El Rezoning

I am pleased to announce that the City Council approved the Culver El Rezoning today. By combining the strengths of the initial proposal (developed by community organizations and elected officials in 2005) with changes suggested by community members and achieved by the Council, the rezoning we passed today will create much-needed and long-term affordable homeownership, preserve commercial and manufacturing jobs, and set a path for addressing open space and school over-crowding issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. Read more »

School Food Rocked

Brad in lunch line

On Saturday, my office organized the School Food Rocks conference to bring together parents, educators, students, SchoolFood staff, and food activists to learn about how we can work together to achieve healthier and more sustainable school food throughout District 15.

The conference’s aim was to help schools get started or take next steps in improving their food programs, and to strengthen the network of parents and school leaders working on food issues. As I sat in on many of the workshops, on topics including starting a school garden, educating children and families in nutrition, recycling in the cafeteria, expanding access to healthy food in schools, and working with DOE SchoolFood on healthier options for students, I saw many wonderful presentations and a lot of intelligent and informed conversations. I was really happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this conference, and hope that it will get people energized to work to make school food healthier and more sustainable. I'm looking forward to working with school administrators, teachers, parents and activists to take next steps towards getting better food in the schools. Feel free to get in touch with Jessica Turner in my office at 718-499-1090 or JTurner [at] Council [dot] NYC [dot] gov if you would like to continue working with us on this issue. Read more »

A Day at the Kensington World's Fair

Kensington World's Fair Banner

We’re happy to say that Sunday’s first−ever Kensington World’s Fair was a great success.

We were thrilled to be part of the organizing team for this fantastic event, which highlighted the incredible diversity of the neighborhood and brought people together to celebrate it. The entertainment (from the PS 230 choir to Slavic Soul Party to Cynthia King's dance group and all the other performers), the activities (my 7−year−old daughter did just about every one), the fantastic food, the weather, and – most of all – the organizers, volunteers, and participants came together to make it a remarkable day. Read more »

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