Hurricane Sandy

Some thoughts on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

The fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy arrives at a time when we are in dire need of some reminders: of the urgency of confronting climate change, and the power of collective action to bring the changes we need. Read more »

A Flood of Compassion … But Not Much Justice

By Lisa Cowan (Red Hook Initiative) and Brad Lander (New York City Council)

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy darkened the skyline and changed the lives of so many of our neighbors.  This week’s anniversary calls to mind the crowds who waited for food and supplies in Red Hook, the cars full of baked ziti and batteries dispatched to Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Rockaways, the gas station lines, and the rows upon rows of cots for hundreds of evacuees at the Park Slope Armory (and so many other places). Read more »

Responding to Gowanus Canal Flooding

Many neighbors have reached out to our office over the course of the last week with concerns about flooding near the Gowanus Canal during Hurricane Sandy. As you may know, Councilmember Lander has been in communication with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland, who responded quickly and committed to work together conduct any sampling needed to address potential issues of toxicity created by the flooding. Read more »

Voting Information For Tuesday

As we continue to respond to the storm, we also need to be ready to vote on Tuesday. Here is some information to help you.

Hurricane Recovery: Ways to Help Sunday

Here are some ways you can help out with hurricane relief efforts today (Sunday, November 4) at the two evacuation shelters in Park Slope, in Coney Island, and in Red Hook:

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Beyond Words

Two of the people killed by Hurricane Sandy were two young Brooklynites, Jessie Streich-Kest (24) and Jacob Vogelman (23) – both young people of extraordinary values and bright promise.  I cannot find any way to understand or explain their loss, or really even begin to grieve.  I’m so deeply sad and angry.  But I at least want to take a minute to honor their memory, let you know a little bit about them, and share the funeral and memorial/tribute arrangements. Read more »

Update on Gowanus Canal flooding issues

A number of constituents have reached out to my office regarding flooding of the Gowanus Canal. The Canal breached its banks in many places at high tide this morning. In all likelihood, it will flood significantly higher at high tide tonight (around 8:30 PM, as the storm is reaching its worst) and possibly tomorrow morning (around 9:00 AM).

I have communicated with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland. Thanks to both of them for making the time, and communicating quickly (with each other, and with me) about our concerns at the canal. Read more »

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