Working Together to Keep Our Kids Safe Online

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the premier screening of Reel Works Teen Filmaking's new educational film, Clicking with Caution, at MS 51, the William Alexander School, in Park Slope. Reel Works is a nonprofit youth media organization that provides free filmmaking workshops for students with one-on-one mentoring by professional filmmakers. Students at MS 51 and Reel Works worked together to produce Clicking with Caution, a set of four short films on teen internet safety.

Video: Anger of Brooklyn's Abandoned Lots

WPIX Channel 11

Channel 11 investigates stalled developments in Brooklyn, and talks to Brad about the problems and opportunities they present. Read more »

Safer Kensington streets

I've heard from many of my constituents about dangerous intersections in Kensington -- especially Church Avenue at both McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway. So I am very happy to report on some good news we've received from the NYC Department of Transportation about projects that are taking place this summer along and around Church Avenue.

Officials, Shema Kolainu Advocate for Autism Initiative


Parents, youngsters, teachers, and a tandem of City Council members gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday seeking continued $1.5 million funding for important autism services. More than 75 representatives from a variety of organizations attended, led by Shema Kolainu-Hear our Voices, a school and center for autistic children. Nine of the 51 Council members attended the event on Wednesday and expressed support for “1 in 150” funding. City Councilmen David Greenfield, Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, democrats from Brooklyn, and Mark Weprin (D-Queens) were among them. Read more »

Combating trucks we were promised would not be on Columbia Street

Photo by Adam Armstrong
New York Daily News

Beer distributor Phoenix Beverages is driving its trucks down Columbia St. to move cargo between waterfront piers - and neighborhood residents are hop-ping mad. Residents say the trucks tie up traffic on the narrow residential stretch, spew fumes, and present a safety hazard. "The street's narrow and not at all suited for truck traffic," said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). "Truck traffic is going to lead to accidents ... We do ... want a working waterfront, but [it has to] coexist with its neighbors." Read more »

Report: Brooklyn Leads in Derelict Construction Sites

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn is pockmarked by a disproportionate number of abandoned development sites compared with the rest of the city, according to a report released last week by Eastern Consolidated, an investment services firm in Manhattan. Fallow sites might do little for the local economy, but they can also pose serious health hazards, according to Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who created an interactive Web site,, to track the zombies lurking in his district. Read more »

Joining the PS 124 Kindergartners on a "Bridge to Hope"

The kindergartners of PS 124 are an inspiring group. Today, I had the honor of walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with them, as part of a Walk-a-Thon in honor of their classmate Alexandria Snyder, who has leukemia.

Brad's Bike-to-Work Day

I had a fun bike-to-work day today that turned out to be more of a bike-for-work day, biking from one end of the district to the other!

Write a Letter Calling for a Stronger, Better Child Nutrition Act

For over 40 years, the federal Child Nutrition Act has guided the way in which New York City and other municipalities around the country address hunger and childhood nutrition. This critical piece of legislation includes five major federal programs: school lunches, school breakfast, summer meals, child and adult care food, and the women with infant children (WIC) programs.

We have much to gain, or lose, as a result of changes to this legislation. The New York City Council is calling on Congress to make critical changes to the Child Nutrition Act. The Council believes, and we agree, that the changes to this law must support healthy meals for our children and high need adults.

Together, we can work together to get our elected officials to do good by our kids. Follow this link to send a letter to your Congressional representatives a letter calling for them to support a stronger, better Child Nutrition Act. Read more »

Making things a little easier for our small businesses

The small, independently-owned businesses that line our commercial avenues are - as we so often say - a key part of what make our neighborhoods, well, real neighborhoods. We are lucky to live in a place where we can walk to do so much of our weekly shopping, where we are likely to see neighbors, where we know the proprietors, where we have a choice to support local businesses instead of only global chains. So I was proud this week when the City Council passed the "Small Business Owners Bill of Rights," an important first step towards ensuring that small businesses in the city are able to survive and thrive in these difficult economic times.

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