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Making the region's ports more environmentally sustainable

Earlier this month, at my request, the Waterfronts Committee in the City Council held a hearing on ways to improve air quality at the ports in New York harbor. We heard testimony from the Port Authority, the NYC Economic Development Corp, neighbors of the port, truckers, environmental advocates, and waterfront advocates. During my campaign, I made a promise to advance policies to make our port the greenest on the East Coast, and this was the beginning of that effort.

DOE may leave students hungry

New York Daily News
06/24/2010

The Department of Education is ending its practice of giving every student a free lunch without their parents having to prove their need - and 35 borough schools are on the list. DOE will require parents to apply for free meals each year, instead of every four years, and only qualified students will get them. Opponents said DOE's plan would reduce the number of free meals provided to students who need them most. "Unfortunately, there are families who should apply for free lunches but don't do it," said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Red Hook). "This means that low income kids would go hungry." Read more »

Walk to new Brooklyn Bridge Park full of traffic dangers for stroller pushers

New York Daily News
06/24/2010

Brooklynites are flocking to the newly-opened playground at Brooklyn Bridge Park - but getting there is a big challenge for the stroller-pushing crowds. Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) said he started getting complaints right after the park opened. "I heard from many people the Monday after it opened, all thrilled, excited [but] each one had a different horror story about getting there," he said. Read more »

Brad on CB 12's Approval of the Culver El Rezoning

Press Release
06/24/2010

Statement of City Councilmember Brad Lander on Community Board 12's Overwhelming Approval of the Culver El Rezoning to Create Affordable Housing Read more »

PS 230 5th graders present a mural on child labor around the world

On Tuesday night, graduating 5th grade students from PS 230 in Kensington presented Councilmember Lander with a project they have been working on all year. It’s an 8 foot mural that raises awareness about social justice, access to education and child labor around the world.

Citizen of the Week: Alicia Kershaw

Alicia Kershaw
Alicia and her fellow organizers founded Gallop NYC in 2005. They were inspired by “the power of horses” and their ability to heal. Alicia wants to reach as many people as possible and wants to spread the joy of therapeutic horseback riding. This week we honor Alicia Kershaw as Citizen of the Week for her outstanding contribution to our community’s disabled people through therapeutic horseback riding and for providing them with fun and hope.

As budgets are cut, advocates push for continued free lunch

GothamSchools
06/23/2010

New York City Council Members, along with food and public education advocates, called today for the restoration of proposed cuts to NYC’s School Food program, so that low-income kids don’t go hungry, and all kids have healthy choices. In particular, council members and advocates called for the restoration of $3 million to prevent the elimination of nearly 100 schools from the Universal School Meals program, which insures that all kids in predominantly low-income schools receive free lunches, and has been shown to improve health, nutrition, and academic achievement. “A strong public school food program - with universal free meals in low-income schools, and healthy food choices for all kids — is essential to keeping kids healthy and making sure they can learn,” said Councilmember Brad Lander. “This is a small investment in our children’s future when considering the vast improvement in academic performance and overall well-being it promotes.” Read more »

Video: Brad Lander Rallies for Neighborhood Firehouse

Kensington Prospect
06/21/2010

Councilmember Brad Lander joined Matthew Eugene, who represents the other side of Coney Island Avenue in a rally last week to protest the closure of the Cortelyou road firehouse, which serves folks on both sides of Coney Island Avenue. Read more »

Taxing Wall Street Would Ease Budget Cuts

Gotham Gazette
06/21/2010

Councilmember Lander and his Progressive Caucus Co-Chair, Councilmember Mark-Viverito, have a piece in the Gotham Gazette on the New York City Budget and potential revenue-raising options. Read more »

Marty: How about ‘Adopt-a-Pool’?

Brooklyn Paper
06/20/2010

The Parks Department has said that it needs to close the Double-D pool as part of a $2.6-million cut in the agency’s $23.2-million “recreation services” budget. Lander suggested that the wealthiest New Yorkers — he specified “hedge fund managers” — need to pay more in taxes. “We need to ask for just a little more for those most able to pay,” he said, adding that the city opened 11 public pools during the Great Depression. Read more »

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