Livable Neighborhoods

Keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, clean and engaged takes participation from all of us. Working together with area schools, local police precincts, civic and neighborhood groups, and local merchants and businesses we can ensure that all the neighborhoods of the 39th district remain friendly, safe and great places to live.

Shore Power is Finally Coming to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal

Several months ago, many of you joined me and other local elected officials to demand that shore power be brought to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal, so that ships can plug into an electrical grid at the port rather than keeping their diesel engines running while at the terminal, emitting dangerous fumes for hours at a time. We can all breathe a little easier today because we have just heard that the Mayor, Port Authority, EPA, EDC, NYPA, and Carnival Cruise Lines were finally able to reach a landmark agreement to bring shore power to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal. Read more »

Community Discussion on the NYC “Green Infrastructure” Plan – and its relevance for the Gowanus watershed – with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a "green infrastructure" plan to help clean up NYC’s waterways. On April 14th, my office will be hosting a community discussion about the Green Infrastructure Plan with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway. Commissioner Holloway and DEP staff will talk about the plan, what it means for the Gowanus area, and how local residents can participate (including a DEP grants program for local residents, business, and not-for-profit groups). Read more »

Remembering Murray Adams

A wonderful Cobble Hill leader, Murray Adams, passed away earlier this week at LICH, and I wanted to take a minute to remember him. I had the chance to work with Murray over the past few years, and considered it a true honor and pleasure. Read more »

Brooklyn pol wants to put banks on the hook for maintaining New York homes they foreclose on

New York Daily News
03/02/2011

A Brooklyn city councilman wants to put banks on the hook for maintaining the homes they foreclose on in New York.

Democrat Brad Lander plans to introduce a bill on Wednesday requiring banks to post a $10,000 bond with every foreclosure case, which the city could tap to pay for housing code violations and emergency repairs.

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Legislation To Reduce Alternate Side Parking Regulations Moves Forward

Carroll Gardens Patch
02/16/2011

In her State of the City address yesterday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced her support of legislation introduced by Councilmember Brad Lander that will drastically affect the lives of city drivers.

The legislation (Intro 287) will reduce alternate side parking regulations citywide to once a week per side of the street in districts that achieve cleanliness ratings of 90 percent or above on the Mayor's Office of Operation's "scorecard," which the city  uses to measure street cleanliness. Read more »

Community Listening Session for the Reconstruction of Dome Playground Feb. 24th

On February 24th, come share your ideas for Dome Playgound with representatives of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. This is your chance to voice what facilities and programs you want in your park! Read more »

Snow baby!

We raised a loud voice of criticism after the City's response to the December blizzard, so I thought it was the right thing to post this note of thanks and praise to City workers & officials, from this very happy new grandmother:

January 27, 2010

Dear Brad, Read more »

Reporting back to you (one year in)

As a deep believer in democratic accountability, I know it is essential to report back to the community that I serve.

One year into my tenure in the City Council, I’m pleased to share an annual report on some of what we accomplished in 2010, and a little of what we’re hoping to do in the year to come.

You can view the report here – it is broken down by issue, and by the various neighborhoods in the district. Read more »