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Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on NYCT President Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” Plan Presented to MTA Board Wednesday Morning

May 23, 2018
Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement on New York City Transit President Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan presented to the MTA Board this morning:
 
“Props to NYCT Transit President Andy Byford on the ‘Fast Forward’ plan he presented to the MTA Board this morning. It’s a serious and comprehensive overhaul plan -- which we’ve been seeking for more than a year.
 
There’s a lot to like about this plan. Read more »

Park Slope Street Safety Town Hall - Wednesday, May 30

The tragedy at 5th Ave and 9th Street struck close to home for so many of us. Even as we are still mourning Abigail and Joshua (and now heartsick from the crushing news that Abigail’s mom, Ruthie Ann Miles, who was also hit, has lost the baby she was pregnant with), we want to do all we can to prevent future tragedies.  

So I’m joining with the Park Slope Street Safety Partnership and NYC DOT for a workshop on Wednesday, May 30th about street safety throughout our neighborhood:    Read more »

Council Member Brad Lander’s Statement on the Indictment by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez of Dorothy Bruns

Council Member Brad Lander’s Statement on the Indictment by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez of Dorothy Bruns for Manslaughter & Criminally Negligent Homicide in the Killing of Abigail Blumenstein and Joshua Lew
 
This morning, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez indicted Dorothy Bruns, the reckless driver who struck and killed two children, Abigail Blumenstein, age 4, and Joshua Lew, age 1, and injured Abigail’s pregnant mom. Read more »

B71 or Bust

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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 »

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