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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
07/02/2010

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.

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 »

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