Public Education

Effective public education, in elementary, middle and high school, is essential to preparing our children for success. The schools of the 39th Council District have some of the city's best teachers, principals and parent leaders, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they are supported in the crucial work that they do.

Save free and healthy school lunches for thousands of kids!

The "Universal School Meals" program currently ensures that tens of thousands of school age kids do not go hungry during the school day. Under the program, participating schools are able to offer students a free lunch regardless of their income, residency, or citizenship status. This ensures that all needy kids receive access to healthy meals and reduces the amount of paperwork that burdens parents and administrators.

Please join me in asking Mayor Bloomberg to make sure that low-income kids are not left behind.

Write a Letter Calling for a Stronger, Better Child Nutrition Act

For over 40 years, the federal Child Nutrition Act has guided the way in which New York City and other municipalities around the country address hunger and childhood nutrition. This critical piece of legislation includes five major federal programs: school lunches, school breakfast, summer meals, child and adult care food, and the women with infant children (WIC) programs.

We have much to gain, or lose, as a result of changes to this legislation. The New York City Council is calling on Congress to make critical changes to the Child Nutrition Act. The Council believes, and we agree, that the changes to this law must support healthy meals for our children and high need adults.

Together, we can work together to get our elected officials to do good by our kids. Follow this link to send a letter to your Congressional representatives a letter calling for them to support a stronger, better Child Nutrition Act. Read more »

A Great Event for Our Schools

I want to report back on the fantastic results of the Brooklyn PTA 5K Run/Walk for Schools which took place in Prospect Park on Saturday. Over 500 parents, teachers and students from 17 different Brooklyn public schools joined us for the event and their efforts raised over $6500 which will be split up amongst the schools.

I have to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for the run. Saturday was a great day to be in the park - whether you were running, walking, strolling OR scooting - and I hope that all of the participants had as much fun as I did.