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.

Brad Lander Hungry For Better Food Policy

Carroll Gardens Patch

Just over a week ago, the New York City Council voted in five impressive pieces of legislation designed to help ensure more New Yorkers have access to healthy, fresh, locally grown foods produced in New York State and contiguous states. Our own Councilmember Brad Lander, representing both Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, co-sponsored four of the five bills. Read more »

Video: Funding for Classrooms At Beth Jacob and Gan Centers Fully Restored

Vos Iz Neias


Borough Park, NY - City Councilmembers Brad Lander and David Greenfield announced that funding for Borough Park’s Beth Jacob Day Care Center and Gan Day Care Center has been fully restored.  Half of the classrooms in these centers had been targeted for cuts under the budget proposed by the Bloomberg Administration earlier this year. Read more »

Quite a night!

The wheels of government were busy turning last night, in Albany and at City Hall:

Marriage equality: a historic step forward
I’m deeply proud to be a New Yorker today.  Marriage equality means that so many of our friends will know that their state doesn’t view their love as inferior, that many of our kids’ friends will know that we don’t think there’s something inadequate about their LGBT parents, and that LGBT kids won’t grow up thinking there’s something to be ashamed of.
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The Education Mayor? Some Local Schools Think Not

Park Slope Patch

At a rally that drew nearly every South Brooklyn school to Grand Army Plaza on Friday afternoon, hundreds of protestors issues myriad complaints against Michael Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts to New York City’s public schools.

Councilmember Lander encouraged the kids to organize, calling 311, tweeting, signing letters, handing out flyers and marching down Prospect Park West to inform the Celebrate Brooklyn goers of the woes of the New York City school system. Read more »

Join Me in Protesting Teacher Layoffs and School Budget Cuts!

I'm holding a rally for public schools this Friday, June 10th at 4:00 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza. We’ve only got a few weeks left to persuade Mayor Bloomberg that we simply cannot afford to lay off teachers, increase class size, eliminate specialists, and undermine our public schools. Schools from throughout our communities are mobilizing. We’ll gather at Grand Army Plaza at 4 p.m. Read more »

The Kensington/Windsor Terrace Team Battle Chef Program is Under Way

As I announced earlier this year, I am very proud to be sponsoring a new program for teens in the Kensington/Windsor Terrace area. Read more »

The Progressive Caucus's Response to the Mayor's Budget

Below is the New York City Progressive Caucus's response to the Mayor's budget. The Mayor has not listened to the many, many New Yorkers who asked for millionaires to pay a fair share, and has instead decided to yet again balance the budget on the backs of the city's families by cutting vital services. However, my colleagues in the Progressive Caucus and I will continue to fight for a fairer, more equitable New York City. Read more »

Children left behind? Plan to slash 6,300 seats in boro day care hits parents hard

Anneris Nieves, with her kids, frets over Shirley Chisholm cuts
New York Daily News

Brooklyn parents would lose 6,326 seats under the proposed cuts [to child care], the most in the city....Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) noted working families will feel the brunt of the cut, since the city is legally required to fund child care for families on public assistance.

"It's penny wise, pound foolish," he said. "If some of these families can't go to work because they lose child care, then we'll have to pay for their child care anyway."

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Become a Kensington Teen Battle Chef!

Are you a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior with leadership ability and a desire to learn more about healthy cooking? Know someone who is? The Kensington Teen Battle Chef program is for you!

In partnership with GrowNYC’s Youthmarket and the non-profit organization Family Cook Productions, my office will be bringing a youth-run farm stand to Fort Hamilton Parkway between East 4th Street and East 5th Street this summer. Read more »

Kensington Youthmarket/Be a Kensington Teen Battle Chef!

In partnership with GrowNYC’s Youthmarket and the non-profit organization Family Cook Productions, my office will be bringing a youth-run farm stand to Fort Hamilton Parkway between East 4th Street and East 5th Street this summer.

The farm stand will operate every Saturday from July 9th to October 29th, with 6 students paid $10 an hour to run the stand during that time period. Before becoming Youthmarket employees, students will receive training through Family Cook Productions’ Teen Battle Chef program. Read more »