Borough Park

Councilmembers: Eliminating Child Care Unfair to Orthodox Jews

Vos Iz Neias?
06/14/2011

New York, NY - Fifteen New York City Councilmembers – including members of the Council’s Jewish Caucus and others representing Jewish communities – sent a letter to Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs to protest the unfair treatment of Orthodox children and families in the City’s plan to eliminate child care services, and demand a restoration of this essential funding.

The letter was organized by Councilmember Brad Lander, who represents part of Borough Park, chairs the Jewish Caucus. Read more »

Councilman Lander Fights To Restore Child Care Slots

Councilmember Lander at Bais Yaakov day care center in Boro Park--May 13, 2011
Vos Iz Neias?
05/13/2011

Brooklyn, NY - Bais Yaakov Day Care Center, located at 1363 46th Street, Brooklyn, New York, was visited by Councilman Brad Lander on Friday, May 13. The purpose of his visit was to galvanize and unify efforts to fight the mayor’s proposed child care cuts that threaten to reduce Bais Yaakov’s existing 8 classes to 4 classes. 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 »

Blizzard Cleanup Report and Hearings

Tomorrow morning, the City Council will be holding its first hearing to examine why the City's cleanup efforts after the December 26th blizzard were so much worse than in past storms, and what must be done to address these failures going forward. If you are interested, you can watch the hearing live. Read more »

Shop local this holiday season

7th Ave. Park Slope

I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. In addition to a great meal with family, my daughter Rosa and I had the chance to deliver Thanksgiving meals to some homebound seniors, and to remember just how grateful we are for our many blessings.

One of the many things that I'm thankful for in our neighborhoods are our local, independent businesses. As the holiday shopping season begins, I hope you'll do as much of it as you can with small businesses here in Brooklyn. Read more »

It could be your bubbe or zayde: how we can make Fort Hamilton Parkway safer for everyone

Hamodia
11/05/2010

On December 31st, 2009, a 74-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a truck while she was crossing Fort Hamilton Parkway at 49th Street in Borough Park. In April of this year, a 55-year-old was killed crossing Fort Hamilton just a few blocks away.  Several other pedestrians have been struck by cars nearby. Back in 2008, when a car collision at Fort Hamilton and 44th Street killed two people, a local resident called it the “corner of death.”  

So when the NYC Department of Transportation came out to Community Board 12 back in June to tell us about their plans to install a few pedestrian islands at key intersections along Fort Hamilton Parkway – as part of their “safe routes for seniors” program – I thought it made sense to try to save the next senior citizen from getting killed. Borough Park has a high concentration of seniors, and we’ve seen too many of them hit by cars in recent years.

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