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.

Columbia Waterfront Update

Dear Columbia Waterfront Neighbors: I wanted to share with you some quick updates on a few neighborhood issues that affect the area along the Columbia Street Waterfront:

Seniors Enjoy Free Walking at Park Slope Armory

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Starting on Wednesday, June 16, the YMCA Sports Complex at the Park Slope Armory will open its doors for Senior Citizens to enjoy free walking time on their beautiful indoor 200-meter track. The free program will run Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. The June kick-off for the program allows for participants to get inside from the heat and the free walking time will continue year-round.

New York City Budget Update

As you have been hearing, this is an exceptionally difficult year for New York's budget (at both the City and State levels). I want to take a moment to update you on the situation at the City level - and to let you know what my colleagues and I are doing to protect vital public services, and how you can get involved.

Elected Officials, City, Clash Over Living Wage Study-to-Be

New York Observer

Tensions are rising over living wage. The Bloomberg administration's plan to study the effects of living wage laws came under attack today from a set of Council members and City Comptroller John Liu, who called the effort a "sham." In addition, nine Council members wrote a letter to Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky asking him to take a more objective approach, given that the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly voiced opposition to many living wage requirements. "I welcome informative data that helps us make decisions, but given that the city has already indicated that it is skeptical of this policy, how can we be confident that the study will be objective and independent?" Councilman Brad Lander said today via phone. Read more »

Working Together to Keep Our Kids Safe Online

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the premier screening of Reel Works Teen Filmaking's new educational film, Clicking with Caution, at MS 51, the William Alexander School, in Park Slope. Reel Works is a nonprofit youth media organization that provides free filmmaking workshops for students with one-on-one mentoring by professional filmmakers. Students at MS 51 and Reel Works worked together to produce Clicking with Caution, a set of four short films on teen internet safety.

Video: Anger of Brooklyn's Abandoned Lots

WPIX Channel 11

Channel 11 investigates stalled developments in Brooklyn, and talks to Brad about the problems and opportunities they present. Read more »

Safer Kensington streets

I've heard from many of my constituents about dangerous intersections in Kensington -- especially Church Avenue at both McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway. So I am very happy to report on some good news we've received from the NYC Department of Transportation about projects that are taking place this summer along and around Church Avenue.

Officials, Shema Kolainu Advocate for Autism Initiative


Parents, youngsters, teachers, and a tandem of City Council members gathered outside City Hall on Wednesday seeking continued $1.5 million funding for important autism services. More than 75 representatives from a variety of organizations attended, led by Shema Kolainu-Hear our Voices, a school and center for autistic children. Nine of the 51 Council members attended the event on Wednesday and expressed support for “1 in 150” funding. City Councilmen David Greenfield, Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, democrats from Brooklyn, and Mark Weprin (D-Queens) were among them. Read more »

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