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NYC Schools: Democratic Public Education, or Corporate Widget-Maker?

Huffington Post
11/11/2010

Mike Bloomberg's nomination of Cathie Black as schools chancellor is not only a bad personnel move. It is a symbol of a critical choice we are facing: Are our public schools a place to educate well−rounded citizens for the New York City of tomorrow? Or are they the junior academy of corporate America, oriented around test-taking and the bottom line? Read more »

Serious Fire in Park Slope

As some of you may have heard, unfortunately there was a serious fire on 5th Ave and 17th Street yesterday afternoon. This fire caused major damage to 615 5th Ave, 617 5th Ave, 619 5th Ave and 255 17th Street. Fortunately, all the apartments were empty at the time of the fire and no residents were injured, but two firefighters did sustain minor injuries. My thoughts are with them for a speedy recovery, and I know the whole neighborhood extends our gratitude for their bravery. Read more »

Truck stop on Columbia Street pleases locals

A truck drives down Columbia Street
Brooklyn Paper
11/09/2010

Columbia Street residents are thrilled that the beverage trucks that once plied their quiet street have been re-routed onto the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, bringing to an end a familiar controversy in which locals wrestled with the growing port on the waterfront.

“Phoenix and the Teamsters were willing to adopt a solution that really costs them some money,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who was involved in negotiations with the beverage company. “It does add a meaningful amount of time to each of those [truck drivers’] shifts.”

Lander said that several permanent routes are being considered for the trucks once the reconstruction of Van Brunt Street is completed, including keeping the trucks on the BQE, having them travel within the port, or managing the times trucks are allowed to travel on Columbia Street. Read more »

It could be your bubbe or zayde: how we can make Fort Hamilton Parkway safer for everyone

Hamodia
11/05/2010

On December 31st, 2009, a 74-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a truck while she was crossing Fort Hamilton Parkway at 49th Street in Borough Park. In April of this year, a 55-year-old was killed crossing Fort Hamilton just a few blocks away.  Several other pedestrians have been struck by cars nearby. Back in 2008, when a car collision at Fort Hamilton and 44th Street killed two people, a local resident called it the “corner of death.”  

So when the NYC Department of Transportation came out to Community Board 12 back in June to tell us about their plans to install a few pedestrian islands at key intersections along Fort Hamilton Parkway – as part of their “safe routes for seniors” program – I thought it made sense to try to save the next senior citizen from getting killed. Borough Park has a high concentration of seniors, and we’ve seen too many of them hit by cars in recent years.

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Fifth Avenue Committee Personal Finance Workshops

Fifth Avenue Committee logo

The Fifth Avenue Committee will be holding two workshops on personal finance in the coming weeks that we feel may be of interest to the community. Both workshops will be presented in English and Spanish. Read more »

Statement on the Passage of the Culver El Rezoning

I am pleased to announce that the City Council approved the Culver El Rezoning today. By combining the strengths of the initial proposal (developed by community organizations and elected officials in 2005) with changes suggested by community members and achieved by the Council, the rezoning we passed today will create much-needed and long-term affordable homeownership, preserve commercial and manufacturing jobs, and set a path for addressing open space and school over-crowding issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. Read more »

School Food Rocked

Brad in lunch line

On Saturday, my office organized the School Food Rocks conference to bring together parents, educators, students, SchoolFood staff, and food activists to learn about how we can work together to achieve healthier and more sustainable school food throughout District 15.

The conference’s aim was to help schools get started or take next steps in improving their food programs, and to strengthen the network of parents and school leaders working on food issues. As I sat in on many of the workshops, on topics including starting a school garden, educating children and families in nutrition, recycling in the cafeteria, expanding access to healthy food in schools, and working with DOE SchoolFood on healthier options for students, I saw many wonderful presentations and a lot of intelligent and informed conversations. I was really happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this conference, and hope that it will get people energized to work to make school food healthier and more sustainable. I'm looking forward to working with school administrators, teachers, parents and activists to take next steps towards getting better food in the schools. Feel free to get in touch with Jessica Turner in my office at 718-499-1090 or JTurner [at] Council [dot] NYC [dot] gov if you would like to continue working with us on this issue. Read more »

A Day at the Kensington World's Fair

Kensington World's Fair Banner

We’re happy to say that Sunday’s first−ever Kensington World’s Fair was a great success.

We were thrilled to be part of the organizing team for this fantastic event, which highlighted the incredible diversity of the neighborhood and brought people together to celebrate it. The entertainment (from the PS 230 choir to Slavic Soul Party to Cynthia King's dance group and all the other performers), the activities (my 7−year−old daughter did just about every one), the fantastic food, the weather, and – most of all – the organizers, volunteers, and participants came together to make it a remarkable day. Read more »

Join us in standing with LGBTQ community

Like everyone I've talked to, I was sickened to learn of the gut−wrenching hate attack in the Bronx last week, in which nine young men tortured and brutalized a gay man. This comes right after the painful suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers, and the recent suicides of at least a half−dozen gay teenagers around the country after anti−gay bullying. Read more »

Statement of Councilmember Brad Lander on the Westboro Baptist Church protests of Brooklyn synagogues

Statement of Councilmember Brad Lander on the Westboro Baptist Church protests of Brooklyn synagogues

October 7, 2010

On Monday, October 11th, a small, pathetic, vile cult from Kansas -- known as the Westboro Baptist Church -- plans to protest outside several synagogues and yeshivas in Kensington, Brooklyn. Read more »

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