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The desolate valley of segregation, 50 years later

Desegregating NYC: 12 Steps Toward a More Inclusive City

Fifty years ago this month, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968. The law was passed just days after Dr. King was killed, inspired by his words:  

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.”

Unfortunately, 50 years later, we are still stuck in that desolate valley, right here in New York City. Read more »

Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on Governor Cuomo’s Announcement of His Bill to Ban Plastic Bags

April 23, 2018

If Governor Cuomo has actually gotten serious about reducing the billions of plastic bags that New Yorkers send to landfills each month, it would be great news. But this looks like election-year Earth Day politics.

The governor’s ‘program bill’ has no legislative co-sponsors, and was introduced after the governor’s budget leverage is gone, and with Simcha Felder -- well-known lover of plastic bags -- in the catbird seat in the State Senate. So there’s no reason to believe it will go anywhere. Read more »

New Council Report Outlines 12 Steps Toward Desegregating NYC

 To mark the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, a report by Council Member Brad Lander (in partnership with 10 colleagues) sets out housing, education, and infrastructure policies to achieve a more integrated and inclusive New York City. Read more »

Historic Kindergarten Building in Carroll Gardens Saved from Demolition

Elected officials and community leaders are grateful to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for listening to the community and protecting 236 & 238 President Street.

Brooklyn, NYC – Local elected officials and community leaders celebrated the preservation of two treasured buildings in Carroll Gardens today, including the first stand-alone kindergarten in Brooklyn, at 236 President Street, which was threatened with demolition. Read more »

Carroll Gardens Rallies to Save Historic Kindergarten Building from Demolition

Brooklyn, NYC – A group of local elected officials, community leaders, residents, and preservation advocates rallied today and called on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate 236 and 238 President Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn as New York City landmarks. The buildings are both historic treasures from the 19th century, and 236 President (the first freestanding kindergarden in Brooklyn) is at immediate risk of being demolished and replaced with an out-of-context 7-story condo building. Read more »

Broken-hearted. And committed to change.

Our neighborhood has been shattered by the horrible and senseless deaths yesterday of 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 18-month-old Joshua Lew. They were were crossing 9th Street at 5th Avenue with their moms, Lauren Lew and Ruthie Ann Miles (Abby’s pregnant mom, who was also hit and remains in the hospital in stable condition). Read more »

Saving Kensington Stables

Like many of you, I was horrified when I learned that Kensington Stables was at risk of being sold in bankruptcy court. This could mean losing Brooklyn’s last stables, and the end of horseback riding in Prospect Park. I made clear we would not support any redevelopment proposal that would eliminate the stables, which postponed the auction. Read more »

Governor Cuomo Has Failed to Deliver a Solution for Plastic Bags (Or Even a Proposal)

“With his failure of leadership, every additional ton of plastic bag waste is on his hands.”

New York City Council Member Brad Lander -- prime sponsor of NYC’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Bill -- issued this statement on the release of the so-called report of Governor Cuomo's NYS Plastic Bag Task Force: Read more »

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