Council Member Brad Lander, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and Street Safety Advocates Announce Driver Accountability Task Force

Council Member Brad Lander, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and Street Safety Advocates Announce Driver Accountability Task Force

Elected Officials Partner with Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets to Improve Prosecution of New Vision Zero Laws in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY – New York City Council Member Brad Lander and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson in partnership with Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets, announced the creation of a Driver Accountability Task Force for the Borough of Brooklyn. The task force is the first of its kind in New York City. Read more »

The Power of Organizing: Congratulations to Brooklyn’s Cablevision Workers & CWA

Yesterday, after 37 months, the 262 workers at Cablevision sites in Brooklyn were finally offered a fair contract by Cablevision (aka Optimum, owned by Jim Dolan, who also owns Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks). 

Back in 2012, these workers had the courage to form a union, as part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Like the other 15,000 Cablevision workers in the region, they knew the company was treating them unfairly – low poor, poor health benefits, and rotten treatment. Unlike the other 15,000, they had the courage to do something about it. Read more »

A few personal highlights from Mayor de Blasio's State of the City

In case you missed it, earlier today Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his annual State of the City speech. I’ve focused my whole career on working for affordable housing and vibrant communities – so I especially appreciated his focus on what it will take to create and preserve affordable housing, protect residents from displacement, keep our communities diverse, and still insure great, vibrant, livable neighborhoods.  

Below are a few personal highlights from the speech: Read more »

Prospect Park West Manhole Explosions

I have been in contact with the FDNY regarding the manhole explosions on Prospect Park West and 5th Street. Two individuals were injured. One hit by the manhole cover that was launched into the air by the pressure that had built from a fire under the street, and another from a broken window that shattered during the blast. Both are now in stable condition. Read more »

Winter Storm 311 Follow Up Requests

If you are experiencing problems with downed tree limbs, snow removal, or other unsafe conditions, please report them to the City. Your first point of contact should be 311 (either by phone or online) so the report can be directly routed to the relevant City agency right away.

If you would like my office to follow up on a report, please fill out this form.

If this is an emergency, please call 911.

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What to know before the blizzard

It looks like we are in for a very big snowstorm Monday and Tuesday. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for NYC beginning Monday at 1 PM and lasting through Tuesday night, and the current forecast calls for 20 to 30 inches. (I know, I’m always a little skeptical of “historic” predictions, too. But the probability of a blizzard is very high, and it is much better to be prepared). 

New York City has set up a great Severe Weather Update website, with updates on City services. It’s the best source for up to the minute information on city operations and the best place for answers to many of your snow-related questions (and you can even track the progress of City snow plows). We do our best to keep you updated as well, via e-mail, my website, Twitter & Facebook.

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Update from the Car Wash Picket Line

The car wash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope are still on strike – but today they have some good news to share. This afternoon (in an official election moderated by the National Labor Relations Board) the workers unanimously voted to unionize. This is an important step forward in their struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, and being treated with dignity. Read more »

Gowanus community wins significant improvements for NYS parole facility

When we learned last summer about plans to build a large-scale parole facility on the Gowanus many of us were concerned. Without our knowledge the NYS Department of Corrections & Community Supervision (DOCCS) had moved forward with long term plans to build a facility for all of Brooklyn’s parolees at an isolated location (15 Second Avenue) in our neighborhood.

We are an inclusive community, that believes in second chances, and willing to do our fair share, as part of a thoughtful plan. But serving all 6,000 of Brooklyn’s parolees at one site, inconvenient to transit, at a location that required a long walk through quiet residential and industrial blocks, was a bad idea for community residents, small businesses, and parolees themselves. As this article made clear, “literally no one was happy about it.” The community mobilized – through public meetings, petitions, forming the Gowanus United coalition of area residents and business owners, and bringing a lawsuit – to push for a better plan. Read more »

Safer Streets in Kensington & Windsor Terrace

Last Thursday night, our community came together for a well-attended meeting on long-standing concerns about pedestrian safety in Windsor Terrace and Kensington – concerns made all-the-more pressing by the tragic death of Mohammad Naiem Uddin in November. Read more »

Statement on New York Methodist Hospital and Preserve Park Slope Settlement

I am pleased that Methodist Hospital and Preserve Park Slope have reached a settlement that enables the expansion project to move forward and responds to community concerns by lowering the height, allowing for more community involvement, and working with my office to address the traffic issues that have been raised by the proposal. The expansion of Methodist Hospital is an important part of preserving quality health care in the neighborhood, especially in the midst of a shifting health care landscape, and I look forward to working with the hospital and the neighborhood to ensure the highest level of care for our residents.

You can read the full text of the settlement here or see press releases summarizing the details on both the New York Methodist Hospital and Preserve Park Slope websites. Read more »

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