Safer Kensington streets

I've heard from many of my constituents about dangerous intersections in Kensington -- especially Church Avenue at both McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway. So I am very happy to report on some good news we've received from the NYC Department of Transportation about projects that are taking place this summer along and around Church Avenue.

In the Press: Combating trucks we were promised would not be on Columbia Street

Photo by Adam Armstrong
New York Daily News
05/27/2010

Beer distributor Phoenix Beverages is driving its trucks down Columbia St. to move cargo between waterfront piers - and neighborhood residents are hop-ping mad. Residents say the trucks tie up traffic on the narrow residential stretch, spew fumes, and present a safety hazard. "The street's narrow and not at all suited for truck traffic," said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). "Truck traffic is going to lead to accidents ... We do ... want a working waterfront, but [it has to] coexist with its neighbors." Read more »

In the Press: Report: Brooklyn Leads in Derelict Construction Sites

The Brooklyn Paper
06/01/2010

Brooklyn is pockmarked by a disproportionate number of abandoned development sites compared with the rest of the city, according to a report released last week by Eastern Consolidated, an investment services firm in Manhattan. Fallow sites might do little for the local economy, but they can also pose serious health hazards, according to Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who created an interactive Web site, www.stalleddevelopment.com, to track the zombies lurking in his district. Read more »

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.”

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