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.

Our City's budget, and our values

Last week was a busy one at City Hall. We passed two important police reform bills (more on those here), overrode the mayor’s veto of legislation that will guarantee paid sick days for a million more New York workers, and we passed the City’s FY2014 budget, for the fiscal year that begins today (for good measure, we also passed a bill to “save brunch,” which had apparently become threatened due to an outdated law).

In budget negotiations, we were able restore the essential public services proposed for cuts by Mayor Bloomberg. Libraries will keep their full hours. Low-income families will keep their childcare. Our neighborhood firehouses, parks, and pools will remain open. You can access all the details of the City’s FY2014 budget here, and on those areas where the Council focused on restorations and additions here. Read more »

My protest paid off: Fast-food workers speak out

CNN Money
05/28/2013

Eddie Guzman needed to work at least 20 hours a week to be eligible for welfare programs, such as food stamps and affordable housing. But his requests for more hours at the Brooklyn Burger King were met with deaf ears. Guzman's managers kept his working hours between 12 and 15 a week.

Tired of waiting, Guzman joined a protest and signed a petition in March advocating for more hours and better pay. Two weeks later, he was fired. He said his manager told him that signing the petition disrespected him.

One of the restaurant's managers, Imran Ali, said that Guzman was fired because he didn't give the store enough notice before not showing up for a shift.

"I didn't want to let them take advantage of me and not do anything about it," Guzman said. "I couldn't believe that I got fired just for that."

But community organizers and New York city council member Brad Lander went to the Burger King to ask for his job back.

"New York's fast food workers have courageously stood up for fair pay and treatment and I've been honored to stand with them," Lander said.

Within days, Guzman had his job back and was scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week.

"I wanted better for myself," he said. Read more »

Paid sick days for a million more New Yorkers

Taking a day off when you are sick. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but many low-wage New Yorkers have no paid sick days and even put their job at risk if they stay home sick without pay.

But soon that will be in the past. Today, I was honored to cast my vote on the floor of the New York City Council for the “Earned Sick Time Act,” which will extend paid sick days to nearly one million more New Yorkers.

This law will make our city a fairer, more compassionate place to live and work. Read more »

Comment on the EPA’s Proposed Plan for the Gowanus Canal

EPA and Councilmember Lander staff test canal after Hurricane Sandy

For many years, cleaning up the Gowanus Canal has been a high priority for our community – but one that seemed hopelessly far away.  With the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan, and I am thrilled to see that day getting much closer.  I am enthusiastic about the EPA’s Proposed Plan and believe that it puts forward the right steps: Read more »

And the winning projects are...

What a weekend!

Yesterday, we wrapped up our second Participatory Budgeting vote - the culmination of a process that empowers New Yorkers to decide how tax dollars are spent on projects in their neighborhoods. Read more »

Unveiling the PB ballot

Which projects will get your vote? The 2013 Participatory Budgeting ballot is here, with great projects that will invest in building a better neighborhood for us to share.

And next week, we will be kicking off the Participatory Budgeting Vote, with early voting Tuesday through Thursday and voting locations in your neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (April 6th and 7th). The projects that get the most votes will be funded in this year’s City budget. Read more »

A Business Improvement District for 7th Avenue

I’m happy to report that a group of business owners, property owners, residents, and local leaders have come together and – with support from my office – put forward a plan for a new Business Improvement District (BID) on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. As proposed, the new 7th Avenue BID would stretch from St. John's Place to 16th Street, and will be dedicated to making one of our neighborhood’s major commercial strips cleaner, greener, and safer. Read more »

Elected Officials Call for Extension of 50’ Height Limit to Save LICH and Protect Cobble Hill

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Brooklyn elected officials called on the Bloomberg Administration to extend Cobble Hill’s existing 50’ height limit to cover the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) campus, in order to help save LICH and protect Cobble Hill. Read more »

Statement on Long Island College Hospital

Statement to the SUNY Board of Trustees on the
Proposed Closure of Long Island College Hospital

Chairman McCall, members of the Board of Trustees, while I appreciate the opportunity to testify today, I must start by strenuously objecting to the rushed nature of this hearing, which denies many members of my community the opportunity to comment, and undermines the integrity of your public process.

I am here today to plead with you to reconsider your plan to close Long Island College Hospital. It is the wrong plan. It will do real harm to families and to our community. It is a long-term abandonment of essential health care infrastructure. And it unfortunately raises serious questions about SUNY Downstate’s intentions at the time of its acquisition of LICH in 2011. Read more »

Council passes resolution on DC fiscal debate

Lander Welcomes City Council Resolution Calling for a Federal Fiscal Deal that Prioritizes Broadly-Shared Prosperity

City Councilmember Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to the City Council’s vote in favor of a resolution calling for a Federal deal on long-term debt reduction that would avert short-term damage to an already struggling economy, minimize additional burdens on middle and low income families, and prioritize broadly-shared economic recovery:

As President Obama and Congress continue negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff,” we need a deal that promotes economic fairness and long-term, broadly-shared prosperity. That means repealing the Bush-Era Tax Cuts on the wealthiest households, protecting the social safety net, and investing in job creation and the nation’s infrastructure. Read more »