The Environment

Overwhelming Support for NYC’s "Bring Your Own Bag Bill" // Request for Governor Cuomo to Veto Pre-Emption

New York's environmental and climate justice groups, labor unions, good government organizations, local elected officials around NYS, business leaders & editorial boards overwhelmingly support New York City’s "Bring Your Own Bag Law" and urge Governor Cuomo to veto state legislation (A.4883/S.4158) which would unfairly pre-empt NYC's new law. Read more »

Contact Governor Cuomo TODAY to Save NYC's "Bring Your Own Bag" Law

This is our last chance to save NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Law. Governor Cuomo will make his decision in the next few days. 

Please call or write Governor Cuomo TODAY and ask him to VETO A. 4883S. 4158 and allow NYC to implement our Bring Your Own Bag Law. And please share this message and encourage others to do the same.

Contact information and suggested messages are below. Read more »

Earth Day 2015: Toward a more sustainable NYC

This Earth Day, I’m relieved that spring is finally here, after such a long and harsh winter.

But even as the weather lifts our spirits, we urgently need the reminder – the inconvenient truth – of the enormous work we must do to confront climate change if we want to have a safe planet to hand over to our children and grandchildren. The evidence is ever-more incontrovertible.   

Today, New York City took some strong steps in the right direction. I’m enthusiastic about Mayor de Blasio’s announcement of the City’s new One NYC Plan for a sustainable and resilient city, and one that works for all New Yorkers. Income inequality and climate change are the twin crises of our generation – so it is smart, urgent, and morally compelling to fight them together. Read more »

Dark days, and brighter ones

The waning days of 2014 have been dark ones for New York City. The killing of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu made real the worst imaginable fears for those who put their safety on the line to serve our communities. Reactions to their murders highlighted tensions among New Yorkers – around how we understand the challenges of public safety and policing – and have risked setting us against ourselves.

Just a few weeks earlier, here in the 39th Council District, we lost 14-year-old Mohammad Naiem Uddin in a traffic crash that reminded us that our efforts to improve traffic safety and reduce speeding have not yet done enough.

Still, as the year turns, I remain truly grateful for what we’ve done together. Democracy can be messy, even painful. We don’t all agree on how to understand the problems, and certainly not on the solutions. But I am genuinely glad about what we’ve achieved together in New York City in 2014. While much of the rest of the country is stuck in a place of political polarization, we have moved forward in tangible ways to make lives better for many New Yorkers. Read more »

A Flood of Compassion … But Not Much Justice

By Lisa Cowan (Red Hook Initiative) and Brad Lander (New York City Council)

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy darkened the skyline and changed the lives of so many of our neighbors.  This week’s anniversary calls to mind the crowds who waited for food and supplies in Red Hook, the cars full of baked ziti and batteries dispatched to Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Rockaways, the gas station lines, and the rows upon rows of cots for hundreds of evacuees at the Park Slope Armory (and so many other places). Read more »