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

New York Daily News

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

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


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

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

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

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 »

NYC Councilmembers Meet With ACS Commissioner About Priority 7 Vouchers

Yeshiva World News

The four Councilmembers leading the effort to restore Priorty 7 vouchers met with ACS Commissioner John Mattingly and his top staff in what was described as a “frank” conversation on the implications of the proposed elimination of the vouchers from this year’s budget. Councilmembers David Greenfield (D-Boro Park), Brad Lander (D-Park Slope), Steve Levin (D-Williamsburg) and Letitia James (D-Crown Heights) spent over an hour on Friday afternoon meeting at the headquarters of the Administration for Child Services in Manhattan. Read more »

Save free and healthy school lunches for thousands of kids!

The "Universal School Meals" program currently ensures that tens of thousands of school age kids do not go hungry during the school day. Under the program, participating schools are able to offer students a free lunch regardless of their income, residency, or citizenship status. This ensures that all needy kids receive access to healthy meals and reduces the amount of paperwork that burdens parents and administrators.

Please join me in asking Mayor Bloomberg to make sure that low-income kids are not left behind.

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