Cleaner air, less waste

The City Council today passed legislation that helps move New York City forward on two critical issues: reducing air pollution by cleaning up the oil used to heat our homes and buildings, and taking steps to expand and improve recycling for the 21st century. Read more »

A few words on the killing of geese in Prospect Park

I’d like to take a moment to speak about the killing of Canadian geese in Prospect Park. I feel it is important for me to do so because I share the sentiments of many New Yorkers: I am angry and saddened by the actions of Mayor Bloomberg, the Port Authority, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more »

Free Theatre in Park Slope

The Piper Theater has returned this summer with free theatre for Brooklyn families! 

This month, The Piper Theater is bringing The Nocturnes, written by John Connelly and directed by Nigel Williams to Park Slope. The story entails a dark summer night with tales of lost lovers, witches, and demons. Throughout July, Piper will also be putting on youth productions that are fun for the whole family, including adaptations of Little Shop of Horrors, The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It. Read more »

New York State Senate passes domestic workers' rights bill

Today I am very happy to be celebrating the New York State Senate’s passage of a domestic worker’s rights bill, the first law in the nation to guarantee fair working conditions to nannies and other homecare workers. These workers, mostly women, largely from immigrant communities, have for too long been a class of unseen, unrepresented workers in New York and have been virtually without recourse when their employers exploited or abused them. Read more »

In the Press: Gym-nastic! PS 39 gets its recreation space back

Parents at PS 39 rallied and got the city to renew a lease with a neighboring gym.
The Brooklyn Paper
07/02/2010

The city has come up with the money to retain a Park Slope elementary school’s gym program that had been threatened by bureaucratic stinginess.

Parents at PS 39, a historic school on Sixth Avenue that’s too small to have its own gym, raised a ruckus last week when the city refused to renew a lease on a neighboring gym space because the operators of the space, the Camp Friendship Youth Program, sought to raise the rent from $48,000 to $67,850.

“Many PS 39 parents contacted my office and it’s fantastic that they were making their voices heard,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who helped mediate the negotiations. “And Camp Friendship showed a lot of flexibility, so it’s a win-win for everyone.” Read more »

Citizen of the Week: Veronica Guzman

This week, our office is pleased to honor Veronica Guzman, whose contributions to PS 230 and the Kensington community have touched many lives in significant ways. Her commitment to helping children and their families makes her our choice for Citizen of the Week.

New York City Budget Approved

After months of negotiations, the City Council voted today to approve the Fiscal Year 2011 budget for the City of New York. Considering the very difficult fiscal circumstances we are facing, and the deep cuts the Mayor had initially proposed to many essential services, the final budget is not nearly as bad as it could have been.

Celebrating democracy with our newest 9th, 6th, and 1st graders!

Amidst the sometimes-frustrating scrum of City budget negotiations last week, I had a great counterweight: public school graduations ... My teary-eyed takeaway is this: public education is the crown jewel of local democracy.

Making the region's ports more environmentally sustainable

Earlier this month, at my request, the Waterfronts Committee in the City Council held a hearing on ways to improve air quality at the ports in New York harbor. We heard testimony from the Port Authority, the NYC Economic Development Corp, neighbors of the port, truckers, environmental advocates, and waterfront advocates. During my campaign, I made a promise to advance policies to make our port the greenest on the East Coast, and this was the beginning of that effort.

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 »

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