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Brooklyn Braces for Loss of Bus Lines

Crain's New York Business
02/07/2010

As part of a desperate attempt to save cash, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has put two popular area bus lines, the B71 and the B75, on the chopping block. “These buses are the lifeblood of the neighborhood,” says City Councilman Brad Lander. “Carroll Gardens has a lot of seniors, and those seniors can't ride the subway. These buses are also absolutely essential for families.” Read more »

Brad Keeps Promise to Reject "Lulu"

New York Daily News
02/05/2010

Our congratulations to Daniel Garodnick of Manhattan and Brad Lander of Brooklyn for fulfilling commitments against accepting extra stipends, called lulus, from the Council speaker. Garodnick has saved the taxpayers $10,000, and Lander, $4,000. Read more »

Hating hate: Pols, religious leaders decry anti-Semitic fliers

Park Slope Courier
02/03/2010

Somewhere out there is an unhinged anti-Semite distributing tiny strips of paper reading “Kill Jews.” These menacing missives were left blowing along Sixth Avenue last week, falling in the hands of area residents and children on their way home from school. But, in the end, this flier fiend isn’t getting the message: one cannot drive fear in a community that’s standing together.

That’s the sentiment City Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Park Slope), other elected officials and local religious leaders expressed Monday as they spoke out against the fear-mongering fliers found in Park Slope and other neighborhoods.
Their message to whoever’s putting out these hate-filled notes was loud and clear.

“This is a community united in support of each other and there is nothing you can do to stop that,” said Lander as he hosted a press conference at Congregation Beth Elohim on Eighth Avenue and Garfield Place, just a few blocks from where the fliers were found. Read more »

Helping my 11-year-old Neighbor Save the Last Horse Stables in Brooklyn

Today I had the honor of testifying together with Sasha Herman, my next-door neighbor, a very poised 11 year old girl who spends many of her free hours taking great care of the horses at the Kensington Stables, the last remaining stables in Brooklyn and a treasure of our neighborhood.  Sasha and I both urged the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene not to impose strict new rules that might force Kensington to close.  You can read my testimony here ... but hers (about how much she and her friends care for the horses there) was far better!

Testimony in Support of Kensington Stables

Brad testified on February 3rd in support of Kensington Stables, the last remaining stable in Brooklyn and a treasure of our neighborhood. He urged the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene not to adopt new, stringent rules that might force the stables to close.

Elected Officials and Religious Leaders Gather to Denounce Anti-Semitic Flyers in Park Slope

Responding to anti-Semitic flyers found in areas of Park Slope, Brooklyn last week, local elected officials and religious leaders gathered at Congregation Beth Elohim today to decry this and other recent incidents in Brooklyn, and to stand united against hatred. “There is no room for hate speech and intimidation against any group in our community,” said Councilmember Brad Lander, who convened the press conference. “We are here today to show our united front against those who would try to divide us."

Brad Lander: Bring on the Prospect Park West Bike Lane

Streetsblog
02/01/2010

"I support this project," Lander told Streetsblog. "I supported it as a
member of the community board, and I continue to support it now." The
council member said he also wants to see the project built with
pedestrian refuges, which Brooklyn CB 6 requested as an addition to
DOT's initial proposal.
"The Park Slope bike network is a good one and many people use it," he
said, "but the lack of a good northbound route is kind of a key missing
link, and this is the best way to provide it. If done right, with
pedestrian islands, it can greatly improve not only the cycling but
also the pedestrian experience." Read more »

A few reflections on my first month

I have been all across our district and back over the last few weeks, stopping by at the first meeting of the year for all three community boards; getting to see the students at New Horizons Middle School on Hoyt Street launch a project to make their school more environmentally friendly; meeting the Bengali community for a celebratory dinner in Kensington; taking part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service at Old First Church in Park Slope; standing with my colleagues to protest the cuts to the B75 and B71 buses in Carroll Gardens; attending the opening of the Park Slope Armory; helping get a new beat cop on Church Avenue in Kensington … and of course helping constituents from all across the district as they visit or call our new office, seeking help navigating the often-challenging bureaucracies of our City government.

Brad Lander’s Inauguration

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn
01/18/2010

On Sunday January 17 at 2 PM, Brad Lander was sworn in as City Council representative for the 39th district at the Picnic House in Prospect Park. Opening the event was the very articulate Meg Barnette, the wife of Lander. Steven Flax and Kali Ndoye were hosts of the event.  Before the oath of office was administered by Fritz Schwarz, Jr, there were speeches a-plenty by local politicians. Best of all performers from the MS 51 choir, dancer Samantha Speis of Urban Bush Woman, the Bangladeshi Institute for the Performing Arts, and sax and bassist Ravi Coltrane and Massimo Biolcati gave their all on behalf of Brad’s big day.  In just about all the speeches, Brad was lauded for his listening skills, his huge skill set, his vast experience in advocacy for equity and affordable housing, his big heart and head.

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We're Open!

I am pleased to announce that my district office is officially open and ready to start serving the residents of the 39th City Council District. We are located at:

456 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-1090

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