Brewer, Chin: Add Deed Restrictions to Unified Land Use Review Procedure

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2016
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Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Councilmember Margaret S. Chin called on the City Planning Commission to make deed restriction changes subject to the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

In a letter to the City Planning Commission, Brewer and Chin cited a provision of the New York City Charter allowing it to recommend new categories of land use changes for addition to the ULURP process, subject to confirmation by City Council legislation.

“The city already has a process for considering land use questions -- it's called ULURP, and it works,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “We lost Rivington House because the deed restriction change was managed by the wrong agencies in a bad process. The best way to fix this is to handle these land use changes the same tried-and-true way we've handled other meaningful land use changes for years, with transparency and public input.”

“Rather than sticking with a broken system that took Rivington House from the community, or creating another system from scratch, it makes sense to utilize a proven process that for decades has guided thousands of land use changes,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “By making deed restriction changes subject to ULURP, we will introduce transparency and public input to an inconsistent process that has failed to protect and preserve significant community assets, such as Rivington House.” Read more...

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, July 21

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 8:30am in the Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. Watch the meeting, livestreamed at 8:30am, here:
Brewer Statement on NYC Employee Retirement System Vote to Divest From Gun Retailers

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2016

Borough President Brewer issued the following statement today, after the NYC Employee Retirement System's board voted to divest from gun retailers:

“Today we’ve made a prudent decision that contributes to the growing movement against gun violence while advancing the interests of city pension beneficiaries and New York City as a whole. Gun manufacturers’ and gun merchants’ long-term business model is growing the demand for deadly weapons, then selling those weapons to people who usually don’t need them and often shouldn’t have them. It may be a big-money business today, but it’s a bad investment for the future.”

Brewer Reacts to Dallas Shootings, Will Reconvene Police-Community Roundtable Conversations Throughout Manhattan

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2016

Borough President Brewer issued this statement in reaction to the coordinated sniper attack in Dallas, Texas which killed five police officers, injured seven other officers, and injured two other individuals, and announced that her office will hold new police-community roundtable discussions throughout the borough in the coming months. Read more...

Statement on Minnesota and Louisiana Police-Involved Shootings

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2016

"I’m horrified by what I’ve read and seen of the two shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. While I honor the public service of police officers, we must confront the truth: something is systemically wrong with how law enforcement in our country interacts with people of color.

"Every government official in this country must take personal responsibility for helping to fix this. The status quo is senseless death, and any of us in government who are not actively working to prevent the next senseless death are hastening it."

Brewer Announces $26 Million in Borough Capital Awards, Doubles Commitment to Urban Agriculture With $2 Million for School Hydroponics, Green Roofs, and Gardens

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2015

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of capital funding awards supporting the borough's schools, parks, libraries, and community-based nonprofit organizations. The awards included $2 million supporting urban agriculture in public schools, funding facilities like in-school hydroponics labs and rooftop gardens. The awards were included in the city’s budget for the Fiscal Year 2017, which began on July 1.

"Whether we're adding hydroponics labs in our schools, renovating parks, or improving libraries, our goal is always the same: build a better Manhattan," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "Capital funds give us the opportunity to invest in our neighborhoods, and it's the people in our neighborhoods -- kids, families, and seniors -- who make Manhattan truly special." Read more...

View the full list of FY 2017 capital funding awardees...


Congressional Primary Election - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday, June 28 is New York's primary election for Congress, and the second of four elections scheduled this year. Remember to vote! Every district in Manhattan has a primary for at least one party line. New York City polling locations are open from 6am to 9pm. To find your polling place, click here.

On Eve of Second 2016 Primary Election, Brewer and CIDNY Survey Puts Spotlight on Barriers to Voters With Disabilities

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2016

On the eve of New York's Congressional primary, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the Center for the Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY) issued the results of their survey of voters in the April 2016 presidential primary. In the survey, Brewer's office and CIDNY gathered feedback from 128 New Yorkers on their experience in the April Primary, with a focus on issues affecting equal access and voting rights for New Yorkers with disabilities.

The survey results show a number of serious concerns that need to be addressed by the City's Board of Elections, including:

▪ More than 70 percent of poll sites surveyed by CIDNY had at least one kind of accessibility barrier.
▪ 20 percent of respondents reported their poll site was overcrowded, a significant problem for voters who use wheelchairs or who live with other mobility impairments.
▪ Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of voters who attempted to use an accessible Ballot Marking Device reported that they were unable to vote privately and independently, in some cases because poll workers were not trained on how to properly assist voters without violating their privacy. Read more...

See the full survey results...

Pride Weekend Updates

June 19, 2016

LGBT Pride Weekend is June 24-26! March with Gale and the Brew Crew in Sunday's Pride March! Sign up to march here; click here for more details.

A great start to Pride Weekend: President Obama has designated the site of the Stonewall Rebellion as the country's newest national monument. It is the first dedicated to the LGBT community and the struggle for LGBT rights.

Tuesday, June 21, 5-8pm: Make Music NY Concert at Carl Schurz Park

June 17, 2016

Join Gale, the Borough President's Office, and the Friends of Carl Schurz Park Tuesday evening for a concert featuring local musicians and students performing jazz, soul, pop, rock, and more! The concert, part of Make Music NY, will be held in beautiful Carl Schurz Park (East End Avenue at 86th Street), from 5-8pm. The run of show:

Sarah DeLeo
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Jazz, Pop, Standards

City Bandits
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Rock, Pop

Noel Simone Wippler
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Funk, Jazz, Soul

LaGuardia High School Senior Jazz Sextet
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, June 16

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 8:30am in the Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. Watch the meeting, livestreamed at 8:30am, here:

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