Cobble Hill

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 »

Testimony for Brooklyn Bridge Park Alternative to Housing Hearing

November 30, 2010

Thank you to the Subcommittee on Alternatives to Housing for this opportunity to provide testimony, and to everyone who has come out tonight on this important issue.

As we saw this past summer at Pier 1 and Pier 6, decades of work to secure a park on the waterfront in our community has begun to pay off. Brooklyn Bridge Park is already an extraordinary open space and recreational resources for New Yorkers, and I look forward to working with all the stakeholders to help realize its full potential in the years ahead. 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 »

Brad Participates in National Night Out Against Crime

Tuesday, August 3rd was National Night Out Against Crime, a nationwide event that has taken place every summer for the last 27 years. As part of this event, police officers join together with local residents and civic groups to sponsor an evening of activities in their precincts that will strengthen the police-community relationships. Read more »

August events

Rooftop Films at Old American Can Factory

Summer is winding down, but there are still a number of outdoor community events to look forward to. Read more »

Walk to new Brooklyn Bridge Park full of traffic dangers for stroller pushers

New York Daily News
06/24/2010

Brooklynites are flocking to the newly-opened playground at Brooklyn Bridge Park - but getting there is a big challenge for the stroller-pushing crowds. Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) said he started getting complaints right after the park opened. "I heard from many people the Monday after it opened, all thrilled, excited [but] each one had a different horror story about getting there," he said. Read more »

Marty: How about ‘Adopt-a-Pool’?

Brooklyn Paper
06/20/2010

The Parks Department has said that it needs to close the Double-D pool as part of a $2.6-million cut in the agency’s $23.2-million “recreation services” budget. Lander suggested that the wealthiest New Yorkers — he specified “hedge fund managers” — need to pay more in taxes. “We need to ask for just a little more for those most able to pay,” he said, adding that the city opened 11 public pools during the Great Depression. Read more »

Stalled Development in the 39th Council District

We need to make these sites into assets for the community!

Many of these developments are causing real hazards for their neighbors, with fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.

Help the effort to convert local blight to community benefit by providing feedback and tracking the progress of each site. Read more »