The Polls Are Open! Vote Online or In-Person

Do you have your favorite projects picked out already? Tough choices, I know. A “FabLab,” a new playground, or A/C for the cafeteria at local public schools. A storybook/video project for developmentally disabled kids. Parks improvements. A mobile shower for the homeless at CHiPS. And a dozen more.

Participatory Budgeting NYC Vote Week 2017 is here.

Luckily, we’ve made voting easier than ever.  Read more »

Join NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman & keep fighting for what matters.

What a week. From the chaotic negotiations on the health care bill, to new revelations about Russia, to the President’s unfounded claims of being wiretapped, to the hearings on Neil Gorsuch for a stolen seat on the Supreme Court.  

This week also showed that our resistance matters. Read more »

Your neighbors need you!

Thanks to everyone who helped a neighbor in yesterday’s snow & ice storm. As always, it was great to see so many people offer assistance to neighbors who needed a little help clearing their sidewalk -- plenty who just do it as a matter of course, and some who signed up on my website (like Danny and Alex, two young brothers who tagged team shoveling for several of their neighbors in Windsor Terrace around Terrace and Sherman).

In this community, we know we do better when neighbors look out for each other. Read more »

Blizzard Advisory: What You Need to Know

It looks like Winter isn’t ready to let go of us yet. A major winter storm is heading our way -- a final parting shot from the season as we head into Spring. Late tonight until tomorrow evening will see about 16-20 inches of snow with worst case scenarios seeing up to 24 inches. Plus, strong gusts of wind.
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City Councilmember Brad Lander’s Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Appointment of the Statewide Plastic Bag Task Force


Since February 15th – when the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo nullified NYC’s “Bring Your Own Bag” law – residents of NYC have sent approximately 750 million plastic bags to landfills.  By the end of the year, it will be another 7 billion.

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RSVP for #GetOrganizedBK’s “Organizing Bootcamp” on Mon. March 27th

The organizing we’ve done together in recent weeks -- here in Brooklyn, and across the country -- has been extraordinary. The town halls. Another powerful set of womens’ protests. The #NotInOurCity vigils against hate. The rally for a free press. Standing together against Islamophobia & anti-semitism. Hundreds of thousands of postcards and phone calls. Read more »

March madness, PBNYC style! (a.k.a "Meet Your Ballot")

March madness! For some, that means the NCAA college basketball tournament. Good luck choosing your brackets.

But here in NYC, March also brings another great set of choices:  Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC) Vote Week. The time of year when New Yorkers gather together for “revolutionary civics in action” and vote to fund community projects, submitted by their neighbors, designed to improve our neighborhood public schools, parks, libraries, and more. Read more »

Too Hot To Learn!

Students, Teachers & City Council Members Rally for Air-Conditioning in All NYC Public School Classrooms

New #TooHotToLearn report reveals 10,000 classrooms without air-conditioning, as temperatures rise. But the NYC School Construction Authority reports zero A/C installations in progress. New coalition demands a five-year plan for A/C in all schools.     

CITY HALL - NYC public school students, teachers, administrators, and City Council Members across all five boroughs gathered on the steps of City Hall to rally for NYC air-conditioning in all NYC public school classrooms. The rally took place the afternoon prior to the Council’s budget hearing with the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) and Department of Education (DOE).
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88 Prospect Park West Fire

I have been doing a lot of communicating about troubling developments at the national level, but today I am writing to share about an incident closer to home. This past weekend, a fire broke out in the basement of 88 Prospect Park West, destroying four apartments and temporarily leaving the building without hot water, electricity and plumbing. For now, none of the residents can return to their homes. Read more »

Two Steps This Week Toward A Fairer NYC

As New Yorkers, we believe that everyone should have a fair shot, no matter who they are, or where they live.

This week, the City Council took two steps toward making our city a little more fair. Read more »

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