Public Safety

The 39th District is lucky to have the officers of the 66th, 72nd, 76th, and 78th Precincts keeping us safe. Working with law enforcement and citizen groups, we can make sure that all of us feel safe on the streets and in our homes.

Participatory Budgeting Offers Chance to Vote for Livable Streets Projects

Streetsblog
03/18/2013

Eight city council members have put a portion of their discretionary capital funds up for a vote as part of an exercise in participatory budgeting, which allows residents to decide how the money will be spent in their own neighborhoods. Votes in each district are approaching soon, and there’s an opportunity to support livable streets projects.

The participating council members are David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, and Jumaane D. Williams of Brooklyn; Dan Halloran, Eric Ulrich, and Mark Weprin of Queens; and Melissa Mark-Viverito of Manhattan. Each has put up $1 million in discretionary capital funds, with residents submitting ideas that will appear in early April on a final ballot, open to district residents age 16 and older.

In Lander’s district, stretching from Cobble Hill to Borough Park, there are five projects related to pedestrian safety and livable streets Read more »

NYPD Crash Investigation Policy Changes

Statement by Council Member Brad Lander on NYPD Announcement of Changes in Crash Investigation Policies

I welcome Commissioner Kelly's steps to make sure that traffic crashes that result in serious injuries get an actual investigation. If these policies were already in effect, the crashes that claimed the lives of Clara Heyworth and Stefanos Tsigrimanis would likely have gotten a serious investigation.

In a city where traffic crashes kill as many people as are murdered by guns, reducing traffic fatalities and injuries must be a top priority, and the NYPD has an important role to play here through investigations and enforcement. 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 »

Inspector General for the NYPD

Independent oversight would help the NYPD work more efficiently and effectively, while also ensuring that our civil liberties are protected. Read more »

Five things you can do to help stop gun violence

Enough! After the killing of those 20 beautiful children in Newtown, it is time for us to come together to restrict access to guns, ban assault weapons, expand background checks, and take other steps to end gun violence.

Crime Stat Manipulation in NYPD Targeted by Report

City Councilmember Brad Lander calls for creation of NYPD Inspector General to investigate evidence of widespread crime statistic manipulation by the NYPD

Today, City Councilmember Brad Lander released a mini report (below) that overviews the evidence of crime statistic manipulation in the NYPD, and calls for an NYPD Inspector General to investigate. The mini report is the second in a new series, called “Investigation Needed,” which is highlighting unresolved controversies around NYPD policies that have never received independent investigation. Read more »

Behind the Scenes of Participatory Budgeting in District 39

By Rachel Fine of the Participatory Budgeting District Committee 

As a District Committee member, I have been focusing on getting the word out about participatory budgeting and engaging our district’s diverse communities in this process. Although the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for the neighborhood assemblies, our outreach efforts have targeted a number of communities. Read more »

Hurricane Recovery: Ways to Help Sunday

Here are some ways you can help out with hurricane relief efforts today (Sunday, November 4) at the two evacuation shelters in Park Slope, in Coney Island, and in Red Hook:

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Update on Gowanus Canal flooding issues

A number of constituents have reached out to my office regarding flooding of the Gowanus Canal. The Canal breached its banks in many places at high tide this morning. In all likelihood, it will flood significantly higher at high tide tonight (around 8:30 PM, as the storm is reaching its worst) and possibly tomorrow morning (around 9:00 AM).

I have communicated with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland. Thanks to both of them for making the time, and communicating quickly (with each other, and with me) about our concerns at the canal. Read more »

City Councilmember Lander Releases First Mini Report in “Investigation Needed” Series

Today, City Councilmember Brad Lander released a mini report (below) that outlines what is known about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim communities, and calls for an NYPD Inspector General to investigate the program. The mini report is part of a new series, called “Investigation Needed,” which will highlight unresolved controversies around NYPD policies that have never received independent investigation. Read more »