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Taking Action to Protect Ourselves, Our Children and Our Community

Speak with Kings County District Attorney Hynes, 66th Precinct Deputy Inspector Sprague, 72nd Precinct Deputy Inspector Pintos and the Honorable Judge Calabrese, Red Hook Justice Center Presiding Judge on the following: Read more »

Shop local: Brancaccio's Food Shop (delicious + save 10%)

I've been meaning to get to Brancaccio's Food Shop at 3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway (between E. 2nd and E. 3rd Street, on the Windsor Terrace/Kensington border) for a while, since first reading about it on the Kensington Prospect blog around the time it opened a year ago.  Finally made it by to pick up lunch yesterday -- wish I had done it much sooner (and I'll be back shortly). Read more »

Honoring Dr. King's Legacy

MLK Day always serves as an inspiration -- not only in the deeds and words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, but also of those working to further his legacy -- and as a reminder of how far we have to go to achieve racial and economic justice in our society. Read more »

Schools are open, let us know about your streets!

NYC public schools are open this morning.  Field-trips are cancelled, and some after-school programs may be affected.  On first reports, it looks like the streets are in pretty good shape.  I've never seen or heard so many plows as last night!  Looks like after how badly the last storm was handled, Mayor Bloomberg made extra-sure there were no problems this time. Read more »

John Jay High School, and some hard truths

The NYC Department of Education is proposing changes to the John Jay High School campus in Park Slope (which currently houses the Secondary Schools of Law, Journalism, and Research). DOE’s proposal is to bring in a new, fourth school – Millennium Brooklyn, a selective high school, with priority given to students who reside in Brooklyn, as well as an inclusion program for students with autism – and to phase out the middle school programs at the Secondary Schools of Law and Journalism (they would continue as high schools).

The proposed changes raise a series of challenging issues. I believe it is important to be honest about the hard truths of race, class, inequality, and education that the situation at John Jay highlights. My testimony tonight will seek to address these truths, and to make recommendations to the DOE.

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Blizzard Cleanup Report and Hearings

Tomorrow morning, the City Council will be holding its first hearing to examine why the City's cleanup efforts after the December 26th blizzard were so much worse than in past storms, and what must be done to address these failures going forward. If you are interested, you can watch the hearing live. Read more »

Service suspensions on the F/G line in Kensington/Windsor Terrace

Many of you have contacted my office today after learning abruptly that Queens-bound F/G service will be suspended at the Fort Hamilton Parkway and 15th Street stations for the next five months.

This is part of a necessary project to rehabilitate the F/G line. But the MTA did not do enough outreach to provide advance notice and has not offered adequate alternative service. I will be working immediately to push the MTA to provide better alternative service during the project.

I am calling upon the MTA to implement regular shuttle bus service (at least at rush hour) or to extend and expand the service of nearby bus lines. I have been in touch with MTA officials to suggest these kinds of alternatives, and will continue to strongly urge the MTA to implement them.

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Cruise Ships Docked at Red Hook Terminal 'Choking Brooklyn,' Community Leaders Say

Brad speaking at Shore Power press conference
New York Daily News

Cruise ships docked in Brooklyn are spewing tons of noxious fumes into the air, and a fix is bogged down in two years of bureaucratic nonsense, officials and community leaders complained Monday.

Cruise ships that dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook have to run on diesel because there's no way for them to plug into the electric grid.

Government agencies have pledged $15 million to build an electric system, known as shore power. But the Port Authority, which owns the property, and the city Economic Development Corp., which runs the terminal, are still fighting over who should have to pay to maintain it.

"We've had two years of idling ships and idling negotiations," said City Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). Read more »

Snow Removal Update

Dear Neighbors,

I know it's been an extremely frustrating few days for many of you.  My staff has been hard at work, trying to help the scores of people who have contacted my office while I’ve been on my way back from out of town.

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Putting the Bush-era tax breaks to work for New York

It’s been a busy few days in Washington. I’m thrilled about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the one-year extension of unemployment benefits to the millions of Americans who can’t find work in these difficult times.

But I remain very disappointed with the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts to the wealthiest households in the U.S. This is terrible public policy. It comes at a time of growing income concentration, will do little to stimulate the economy, and increase the deficit in order to put more money in the pockets of millionaires. Read more »

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