A few words on the killing of geese in Prospect Park

I’d like to take a moment to speak about the killing of Canadian geese in Prospect Park. I feel it is important for me to do so because I share the sentiments of many New Yorkers: I am angry and saddened by the actions of Mayor Bloomberg, the Port Authority, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more »

Video: Brad speaks about the importance of a living wage bill

Living Wage NYC

Listen to Brad speak out on the budget and the importance of passing a living wage bill.

Free Theatre in Park Slope

The Piper Theater has returned this summer with free theatre for Brooklyn families! 

This month, The Piper Theater is bringing The Nocturnes, written by John Connelly and directed by Nigel Williams to Park Slope. The story entails a dark summer night with tales of lost lovers, witches, and demons. Throughout July, Piper will also be putting on youth productions that are fun for the whole family, including adaptations of Little Shop of Horrors, The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It. Read more »

New York State Senate passes domestic workers' rights bill

Today I am very happy to be celebrating the New York State Senate’s passage of a domestic worker’s rights bill, the first law in the nation to guarantee fair working conditions to nannies and other homecare workers. These workers, mostly women, largely from immigrant communities, have for too long been a class of unseen, unrepresented workers in New York and have been virtually without recourse when their employers exploited or abused them. Read more »

Gym-nastic! PS 39 gets its recreation space back

Parents at PS 39 rallied and got the city to renew a lease with a neighboring gym.
The Brooklyn Paper

The city has come up with the money to retain a Park Slope elementary school’s gym program that had been threatened by bureaucratic stinginess.

Parents at PS 39, a historic school on Sixth Avenue that’s too small to have its own gym, raised a ruckus last week when the city refused to renew a lease on a neighboring gym space because the operators of the space, the Camp Friendship Youth Program, sought to raise the rent from $48,000 to $67,850.

“Many PS 39 parents contacted my office and it’s fantastic that they were making their voices heard,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who helped mediate the negotiations. “And Camp Friendship showed a lot of flexibility, so it’s a win-win for everyone.” Read more »

Citizen of the Week: Veronica Guzman

This week, our office is pleased to honor Veronica Guzman, whose contributions to PS 230 and the Kensington community have touched many lives in significant ways. Her commitment to helping children and their families makes her our choice for Citizen of the Week.

Free Tennis Program for Kids

We thought we'd let you know about a FREE Tennis Program at PS 154 this summer. The New York Junior Tennis League will be holding one of their Summer Community Tennis Programs, which provide free tennis instruction, practice and play to children ages 6-18 throughout NYC's five boroughs in the area. The program will be at PS 154 in Windsor Terrace, and will provide kids an opportunity to play tennis, get instruction, and go on trips.

Summer Events at Greenwood Playground

Greenwood Playground, located on Fort Hamilton Parkway and East 5th Street, has a great lineup of events planned for this summer! All events listed will be taking place there unless otherwise noted. Here's the full list:

New York City Budget Approved

After months of negotiations, the City Council voted today to approve the Fiscal Year 2011 budget for the City of New York. Considering the very difficult fiscal circumstances we are facing, and the deep cuts the Mayor had initially proposed to many essential services, the final budget is not nearly as bad as it could have been.

Celebrating democracy with our newest 9th, 6th, and 1st graders!

Amidst the sometimes-frustrating scrum of City budget negotiations last week, I had a great counterweight: public school graduations ... My teary-eyed takeaway is this: public education is the crown jewel of local democracy.

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