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


"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

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

City has power to end blight of arrested development

New York Daily News

During my primary campaign for City Council, I climbed thousands of Brooklyn stoops. In most cases, I knocked on the door, asked people what they wanted to see the Council working on, and heard a lot about issues large and small –- from overcrowded subways and classrooms, to overgrown tree roots breaking up the sidewalk. One stoop in particular -- 824 Friel Place, in Kensington -- stands out, because there was no door behind it. Read more »

Audio: Brad Lander and Javier Valdes on Immigrant Housing

WNYC - The Brian Lehrer Show

Brad Lander and Javier Valdes, Deputy Director of Make the Road New York, discuss their recent work on how immigrants are particularly affected by tenant housing and the economic crisis.

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