Joining the PS 124 Kindergartners on a "Bridge to Hope"

The kindergartners of PS 124 are an inspiring group. Today, I had the honor of walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with them, as part of a Walk-a-Thon in honor of their classmate Alexandria Snyder, who has leukemia.

Brad's Bike-to-Work Day

I had a fun bike-to-work day today that turned out to be more of a bike-for-work day, biking from one end of the district to the other!

Making things a little easier for our small businesses

The small, independently-owned businesses that line our commercial avenues are - as we so often say - a key part of what make our neighborhoods, well, real neighborhoods. We are lucky to live in a place where we can walk to do so much of our weekly shopping, where we are likely to see neighbors, where we know the proprietors, where we have a choice to support local businesses instead of only global chains. So I was proud this week when the City Council passed the "Small Business Owners Bill of Rights," an important first step towards ensuring that small businesses in the city are able to survive and thrive in these difficult economic times.

Progressive Caucus Statement on Mayor Bloomberg's Budget

New York City is facing tough economic times, with unemployment and foreclosures stuck at very high levels, and so it is necessary to ask all New Yorkers to share in the sacrifice. We will need to make difficult decisions – including painful budget cuts – as we negotiate the City budget over the next two months. But Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Budget is asking children, seniors, students, and hard-working families to do all the sacrificing. The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council believes we must pursue smart, progressive revenue options, rather than focusing solely on cuts to essential City services. We call on the Mayor to use his bully pulpit and his Wall Street relationships to lobby the State Legislature and Congress to make sure that Wall Street does its part.

A Great Event for Our Schools


I want to report back on the fantastic results of the Brooklyn PTA 5K Run/Walk for Schools which took place in Prospect Park on Saturday. Over 500 parents, teachers and students from 17 different Brooklyn public schools joined us for the event and their efforts raised over $6500 which will be split up amongst the schools.

I have to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for the run. Saturday was a great day to be in the park - whether you were running, walking, strolling OR scooting - and I hope that all of the participants had as much fun as I did.

Testimony to the New York City Charter Review Commission

As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, democratic practice in our cities is the foundation of American democracy ... At its best, deliberative changes to the NYC Charter can contribute to this centuries-old tradition of grassroots municipal democracy – of engaged citizens committed to promoting equality, inclusion and participation in government, thoughtful debate, and democratic practices that balance the extraordinary range of interests that make up both New York City and the United States. But the opposite is also true. An inadequate process risks real harm to our local democracy – through a cycle in which the people of this city lose faith in their government, become more cynical and less likely to participate, as less democratic and more managerial processes are adopted, and core democratic values are eroded.

Council Speaker Quinn and Councilmember Lander Respond to Bias Attack

Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Brad Lander have released a joint statement on last week's alleged bias attack in Carroll Gardens. Says Lander, "Carroll Gardens is a diverse community. We have no room for hate in our community. We embrace every race, religion and sexual orientation. We will not tolerate hate and violence in Carroll Gardens or anywhere else in New York City.”

In the Press: Brad on Designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund Site

Press Release
03/10/2010

I was very enthusiastic to hear about the Superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal which was announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Previous EPA studies have confirmed that the Canal – including the sediment at the bottom, the water, and the land around it – is highly toxic and demands comprehensive cleanup, and I am convinced that Superfund designation is the best approach for getting it done. Read more »

Why We Are Launching the New York City Council Progressive Caucus

I am proud to announce that eleven of my colleagues and I are forming the New York City Council Progressive Caucus, and that I will be serving as a co-chair. As a group, we'll confront the city's growing inequality and bolster grassroots democracy.  Building on what other cities have done, we'll help create a new economy that offers good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment for all.  And we’ll do it by involving New Yorkers across lines of race, class, and neighborhood in conversation and action about the direction of our city.

Click here to read a New York Times article on the formation of the Progressive Caucus!

 

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Read my testimony from the MTA service cuts hearing

I am adamantly opposed to the service cuts facing our city. The mass transit system is the life blood of our region and is a necessity to millions of households in the region. The cuts to student metro cards and Access-a-Ride are particularly troubling and will only create other problems down the line: truant students in low-income neighborhoods, health problems for Access-a-Ride customers who will miss medical appointments, and a more dangerous system as station workers are cut.

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