Jobs & Economic Development

New York City needs job policies that makes work pay for New Yorkers, and build a fair economy for all of us. By guaranteeing paid sick leave for all workers, supporting the rights of independent and low-wage workers, retaining good jobs that are pathways to the middle class like manufacturing, and reforming low-road economic development subsidies so they create living wage jobs, New York can regain its place as the largest engine of economic mobility for the United States.

Shop local this holiday season

7th Ave. Park Slope

I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. In addition to a great meal with family, my daughter Rosa and I had the chance to deliver Thanksgiving meals to some homebound seniors, and to remember just how grateful we are for our many blessings.

One of the many things that I'm thankful for in our neighborhoods are our local, independent businesses. As the holiday shopping season begins, I hope you'll do as much of it as you can with small businesses here in Brooklyn. Read more »

Truck stop on Columbia Street pleases locals

A truck drives down Columbia Street
Brooklyn Paper
11/09/2010

Columbia Street residents are thrilled that the beverage trucks that once plied their quiet street have been re-routed onto the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, bringing to an end a familiar controversy in which locals wrestled with the growing port on the waterfront.

“Phoenix and the Teamsters were willing to adopt a solution that really costs them some money,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who was involved in negotiations with the beverage company. “It does add a meaningful amount of time to each of those [truck drivers’] shifts.”

Lander said that several permanent routes are being considered for the trucks once the reconstruction of Van Brunt Street is completed, including keeping the trucks on the BQE, having them travel within the port, or managing the times trucks are allowed to travel on Columbia Street. Read more »

Years Pass, But Question Remains: Is NYC Denying Welfare?

CityLimits
09/20/2010

The benefits rolls are far smaller and the mayor is quite different, but the debate over welfare in New York still revolves around whether eligible applicants are being turned away.

Study: Too few city contracts to minority, women biz

Crain's New York Business
09/07/2010

The city is failing to meet its goals for contracts awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses, according to a report to be released Wednesday by City Council members Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, although city officials questioned the study's methodology.

The report, a draft of which was obtained by Crain's New York Business, argues that contracts awarded to companies owned by minorities or women amounted to only 1.6% of the $5.3 billion in city contracts handed out between July and December of 2009. Read more »

Minority Businesses Struggle to Secure City Contracts

New York Times
09/08/2010

Businesses owned by women and members of minorities still struggle to secure city contracts, despite nearly five years of legal mandates and targeted goals set by the city, says a new City Council report [pdf - see also below]. Read more »

Councilmembers Lander, Williams Release Report Highlighting Failure of City's Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise Contracting Program to Meet Goals

Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane D. Williams today released a report that shows that the City has failed to meet most of its goals for contracts awarded to Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).  They were joined by Councilmembers Letitia James, Darlene Mealy, Diana Reyna, and Debi Rose on the steps of City Hall today to address how the city has failed to meet most of its goals for the contracts awarded to Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).

Read the coverage of the report in the New York Times and Crain's New York Business

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New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

The Nation
08/30/2010

New York's foreclosure problem has become a full-blown crisis.

In 2009, there were 50,000 foreclosures in the entire state and nearly half were in New York City. Now, over 265,000 mortgages are past due or in the foreclosure process. Foreclosures in the city were up 16 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Banks have provided little relief, making less than 12,000 permanent modifications throughout New York since May 2009.

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State and City Legislators Hold Press Conference to Announce Legislation That Holds Banks Accountable for Foreclosed Homes

Updated:  Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation, writes in support of our anti-foreclosure legislation!

 

Today, New York State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, City Council Member Brad Lander and New York Communities for Change (NYCC) held a press conference with a coalition of State and City legislators to announce legislation that is aimed at holding banks responsible for foreclosed homes in New York. The proposed legislation emphasizes the importance of banks responsibly maintaining foreclosed homes if they cannot offer a viable mortgage modification to families in need.

Council Member Brad Lander said, “Too many banks are refusing to seriously engage in the broad range of programs made available to help homeowners, causing our communities and families to suffer as a result. It is time to ratchet up the pressure and make sure the banks take responsibility.” Read more »

Workshops for Small Business Owners

If you're interested in starting a small business, feel free to attend CAMBA Small Business Services's TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Informational Session on Wednesday, September 8, from 6PM – 7PM. The session is an overview of CAMBA's intensive 10-week (60 hours) workshop which steps the entrepreneur through the development of a business plan as well as addresses topics critical to starting and operating a successful business. Read more »

Video: Brad speaks about the importance of a living wage bill

Living Wage NYC
06/14/2010

Listen to Brad speak out on the budget and the importance of passing a living wage bill.