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.

Connecting Brooklyn to Governors Island

Governors Island has become a great NYC destination – with magnificent parks, historic forts and buildings, a vibrant arts and culture scene, the Harbor School (a NYC public high school), and some delicious food – right in the heart of New York Harbor. Last summer, for the first time ever, the island remained open 7 days a week.

Unfortunately, for most Brooklynites, it still wasn’t very accessible. If you want to change that, please sign our petition.   Read more »

Participatory Budgeting – Our Biggest Year Yet

If your neighbors gave you $1.5 million dollars, what would you change about your neighborhood? Safer streets and sidewalks? Subway station upgrades? Improvements to one of our much-loved parks or public libraries?It’s almost your time to decide.Over the last several months, your neighbors have been considering these questions. Our volunteer “budget delegates” have reviewed hundreds of ideas that you suggested and put together a slate of a dozen potential projects. Now, we’re turning it over to you to decide which ones will be funded and implemented in our neighborhoods.This year I’m increasing my commitment to “participatory budgeting” from $1 million to $1.5 million – more funds than ever before. But the process only works if you take part.So make sure you pledge to vote in this year’s election, between April 14th and April 19th. Read more »

Holding Reckless Drivers Accountable

Across our neighborhoods, we’ve witnessed too many tragedies where reckless drivers have killed or seriously injured neighbors and loved ones. The three young teens who were students at MS 51 (Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, Joie Sellers, and Mohammed Naiem Uddin) are not the only pedestrians killed in our district over the past few years. Others have been seniors, workers at local businesses, and young people just starting their careers.

We’ve made a lot of progress since Mayor de Blasio launched “Vision Zero” last year. Pedestrian deaths in 2014 were the lowest in a century. But there’s still a long way to go, toward our goal of a city without senseless traffic deaths. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Dark days, and brighter ones

The waning days of 2014 have been dark ones for New York City. The killing of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu made real the worst imaginable fears for those who put their safety on the line to serve our communities. Reactions to their murders highlighted tensions among New Yorkers – around how we understand the challenges of public safety and policing – and have risked setting us against ourselves.

Just a few weeks earlier, here in the 39th Council District, we lost 14-year-old Mohammad Naiem Uddin in a traffic crash that reminded us that our efforts to improve traffic safety and reduce speeding have not yet done enough.

Still, as the year turns, I remain truly grateful for what we’ve done together. Democracy can be messy, even painful. We don’t all agree on how to understand the problems, and certainly not on the solutions. But I am genuinely glad about what we’ve achieved together in New York City in 2014. While much of the rest of the country is stuck in a place of political polarization, we have moved forward in tangible ways to make lives better for many New Yorkers. Read more »

“Bridging Gowanus” Community Planning Framework Details Shared Values and Planning Recommendations for the Future of the Gowanus Canal Area

“Bridging Gowanus” Community Planning Framework Details Shared Values and Planning Recommendations for the Future of the Gowanus Canal Area

Comprehensive planning framework brings together 300 voices from the Gowanus community. Priorities are investments in sustainable infrastructure, strengthening manufacturing, maintaining the mix of uses, and preserving and creating affordable housing – to be achieved through a pathway for responsible growth, with creative new planning strategies, that makes sure the rules are followed. Read more »

Brooklyn Parole Headquarters Siting and Our Concerns

Recently the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) announced their decision to relocate their Brooklyn Borough Parole Office from Downtown Brooklyn to 2nd Avenue in Gowanus. Many constituents have written or called my office to express concerns about this siting – and I agree that the lack of transparency and community engagement in the planning for a facility of this scale has been deeply distressing. Read more »