Park Slope

Community Action to Save Engine 220!

As we all found out last week, Mayor Bloomberg is proposing to close FDNY Engine 220, which is located at 530 11th Street in Park Slope. This is one of 20 FDNY companies (including 8 in Brooklyn) that the mayor is proposing to close as part of this year’s budget.

If the Bloomberg Administration is allowed to proceed with this closure, response times at fires will increase dramatically in our community. Arrival of the second truck – necessary to get water on the fire – would go from 4:08 to 5:24 (a 30% increase). Across the city, 18 of the 20 affected communities would exceed the national 4 minute standard. An extra minute to get an engine company to a fire can be the difference between life and death! Read more »

Statement from Councilmember Brad Lander on Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Closing of E220 Fire Company at 530 11th Street

"I was angry to learn this afternoon of the proposed closing of the FDNY Engine 220 fire company at 530 11th street in Park Slope -- one of 20 fire companies that Mayor Bloomberg is proposing to close as part of this year’s budget. Read more »

Honoring History and Breaking Ground

Councilmember Lander at JJ Byrne Park Groundbreaking
Park Slope Patch

“This, as you know, is hallowed ground, an historic site,” Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said Tuesday while standing in front of the Old Stone House in Washington Park. He was there to host a ground-breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of J.J. Byrne Playground, along with City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, Borough Commissioner Kevin E. Jeffrey, Old Stone House Executive Director Kim Maier, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Read more »

City Officials, Housing Advocates Rally Against Predatory Lending Practices

Council Member Brad Lander During the Press Conference Outside 294 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

PARK SLOPE — South Brooklyn Legal Services, along with elected officials and members of the Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), held a rally yesterday in Park Slope to announce the filing of two separate motions arguing that mortgage holders can be held liable for maintaining building conditions once a foreclosure is initiated and a receiver is in place.

"Lenders have placed thousands of low and moderate income renters at risk -- first, by over-leveraging multi-family buildings with too much debt, and then by failing to step up and take responsibility for building conditions," said City Councilmember Brad Lander. "The motions filed by SBLS today are an important step toward holding banks responsible for their actions and ensuring that tenants are living in decent, safe and sanitary housing. We also need to move forward on legislation that I introduced in the Council this spring that would require lenders to post a bond when they commence foreclosure proceedings, to address situations just like this one." Read more »

Moving Forward on Fourth

Fourth Avenue
AOL Patch

There is no denying that Fourth Avenue is perhaps not the prettiest of South Brooklyn's boulevards.

But a group of local residents and politicians are hoping that changing the avenue’s commerce situation just might change the avenue for the better.

Thanks to Councilmember Brad Lander, the Department of City Planning is now considering changing the avenue’s zoning in a way that would encourage more commercial activity – and with it, make the avenue more pedestrian-friendly to accommodate the avenue as an ever-growing residential district. Read more »

Community Discussion on the NYC “Green Infrastructure” Plan – and its relevance for the Gowanus watershed – with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a "green infrastructure" plan to help clean up NYC’s waterways. On April 14th, my office will be hosting a community discussion about the Green Infrastructure Plan with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway. Commissioner Holloway and DEP staff will talk about the plan, what it means for the Gowanus area, and how local residents can participate (including a DEP grants program for local residents, business, and not-for-profit groups). Read more »

Naked lunchroom! PS 107 left without its cook in city budget cut

The Brooklyn Paper

Parents at Park Slope's PS 107 are fired up over a city decision to transfer their beloved lunch lady because the lunchroom serves slightly less than the minimum daily requirement of school meals.

The Department of Education has transferred Lucy Torres — who has worked at the school for 17 years — because her school is about 50 PB&Js short of the required 300 lunches.

"It seems like a stingy and heartless decision to make her transfer only one year before retirement," said Rachel Goodman, an aide to Councilman Brad Lander (D−Park Slope).

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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 »