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NOTICE: Community-Police Forum in Northern Manhattan Postponed Due to Winter Storm

Due to inclement weather, the forum originally scheduled for Monday, January 28 has been rescheduled to Monday, February 2 and 6:00pm.

On Monday, February 2, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will host a dialogue on community-police relations at the Alianza Dominicana Triangle Building in Washington Heights.

The event will bring members of the public, law enforcement officers, and community leaders from all walks of life together for moderated small-group discussions on policing, civil rights, and community safety to develop input and policy suggestions from participants of all backgrounds.

“Our city has felt heartache this winter as events in our city have driven a wedge between police and too many of our communities,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Now it’s time for us to put our heads together and start having solutions-driven conversations. With members of the community, advocates, and law enforcement all together at the table, I hope this event generates positive next steps that we can all get behind.” Read more...

NYPD Chief O'Neill Joins BP Brewer's Community-Police Forum

Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and Catholic Charities’ Monsignor Kevin Sullivan also scheduled at event bringing together police and community to improve relations.

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today that NYPD Chief of Department James P. O’Neill will attend and deliver opening remarks at a community-police forum hosted by the Borough President’s office and Catholic Charities of New York. The event will take place this coming Monday, Jan. 26 at the Alianza Dominicana Triangle Building in Washington Heights.

Monday evening’s forum will bring members of the public, law enforcement officers, and community leaders from all walks of life together for moderated small-group discussions on policing, civil rights, and community safety to develop input and policy suggestions from participants of all backgrounds.

“Our city has felt heartache this winter as events in our city have driven a wedge between police and too many of our communities,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Now it’s time for us to put our heads together and start having solutions-driven conversations, and I’m delighted Chief O’Neill, Norman Siegel, and Monsignor Sullivan are all partnering with me to move this conversation forward.” Read more...

Serve on Your Manhattan Community Board and Shape Your Community, Help Government Work for Your Neighborhood

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s office is accepting applications for membership on Manhattan’s Community Boards and encourages all eligible New Yorkers living, working, or studying in the borough of Manhattan to consider applying to serve on their local Community Board.

Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards are local organizations composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms. Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.

In order to be considered for appointment to one of Manhattan's twelve Community Boards, please submit your application and resume before 5:00 PM on Friday, January 30, 2015.

To apply online, click here. Please note: It is advisable that you prepare your answers in advance, as this application must be completed in one sitting. Creating an account to save and continue the application later is not an option. Additionally, please have your resume ready for upload.

To apply by mail, click here. Download a copy of the application to print and fill out by hand. Mailing instructions are included in the application.

After submitting, you will be contacted regarding the next steps in the screening and interview process. All applicants, including current Board members, are required to complete the entire process, from submitting an application to participating in the group interviews. Thank you for your interest in serving and representing your neighborhood.

Save the Date! Manhattan State of the Borough is February 8, 2015

With her first State of the Borough event for the public, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is forgoing the traditional address format to instead hold an interactive community conversation on residents’ most pressing concerns and the initiatives the MBPO is working on to address them.

Borough President Brewer will welcome to the stage four Manhattan thought leaders to talk candidly about affordable housing, education, technology, development in the borough, police-community relations, and other issues topping her constituents’ lists of concerns. Audience members will be invited to live-Tweet questions and comments for all to see onstage—feedback that the speakers will explore in their conversation.

Each of the four guests will speak with Borough President Brewer about the issues they feel are most important to quality of life in Manhattan. Collectively, these conversations will address the borough’s diversity of interests and perspectives.
 
Doors open 1:30pm, program starts 2pm. Please RSVP below to attend!

Joint Statement on New NYC Illegal Hotel Lawsuit

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, and State Senator Liz Krueger jointly issued the following statement in response to news that Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Special Enforcement has filed a new lawsuit targeting a major illegal hotel operator in midtown Manhattan:

“We applaud the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement's newest lawsuit to reclaim residential apartments and shut down a large-scale illegal hotel. Residential apartments in residential buildings are supposed to be rented to residents. We must do everything we can to keep profiteers from turning homes into illegal hotels and worsening our housing crisis.

"Lawsuits like this one would not be possible without the Home Protection Law of 2010 and our strong city fire and safety codes. Certain companies, led by Airbnb, keep saying they oppose illegal hotel operations like the one targeted in this lawsuit, but their words are hollow: they're lobbying for changes that would weaken enforcement and make lawsuits like this one nearly impossible.” Read more...

Statement upon the 42nd Anniversary of the Passage of Roe v. Wade

"After 42 years, we are still fighting a war for a woman's right to choose on all fronts. We can't overlook the achievements we've won -- but there's an enormous amount left to do, and it's our obligation at every level of government to defend every woman's right to choose.
 
"Congress is poised to pass legislation that would tax and punish women for daring to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to choose. Even in New York, codifying Roe v. Wade in state law is somehow still controversial. As we celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that celebration is not enough -- we have much more work to do."
Friday, Jan. 23: Attend the Information, Training, and Recruitment Event for Teens Interested in Serving on Community Boards

Brewer, longtime proponent of youth on Community Boards, targets teen recruitment now that 16- and 17-year olds can serve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2015

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today that Friday, Jan. 23 her office will hold an information session and recruitment event for teens interested in applying for a seat on one of Manhattan’s Community Boards.

“Our young people have even more of a stake in our city than we do, which is why after years of urging action, I’m thrilled the Legislature finally opened Community Board membership to 16- and 17-year olds,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Any teen interested in serving is invited to our information session – come, learn more, and get involved!” Read more...

Statement upon the Wake and Funeral of NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2015

NEW YORK -- Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement as the wake for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu was to begin today in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn:

"Wenjian Liu’s story begins like many great New Yorkers’ stories: immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of 12, he built a life and chose a career serving his fellow New Yorkers as a police officer. Our entire city mourns all the more keenly because his life stands as a shining example of what our city means to us.” Read more...

The 2015 Meetings Calendar Is Now Available

The 2015 Borough Board & Borough Service Cabinet Meeting Calendar is now available. Borough Board and Borough Service Cabinet meetings are held on a monthly basis in my office at 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South.

View and download a copy for yourself by visiting the Borough Board page, or by clicking here.

Statement upon the Wake and Funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2014

NEW YORK -- Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement as the wake for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos was to begin this afternoon in Glendale, Queens:

"New York City’s greatness is sustained by officers like Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu -- fathers and sons, brothers and friends just like the rest of us, but with the important difference that they face all kinds of unknown dangers every time they put on a uniform. Because of them we are safe. Because of them crime in our city has fallen to an all-time low.

"That these men’s lives were taken so violently and senselessly by a madman -- a deranged career criminal -- leaves us searching for cause and reason. But no formula of blame can remove profound sorrow from the hearts of those who have loved them, nor from us, the beneficiaries of their heroic service.

"We mourn Officers Ramos and Liu as if they were family because we deeply respect the unrelenting personal risks they have taken to shield us from harm. Our hearts are heavy with grief and gratitude." Read more...

Statement by DSNY regarding Organics Collection

To: Borough Presidents, Council Members, Community Boards:

A newspaper article reported that over the last few days the organic material collected in the Department of Sanitation curbside organics collection program is being sent to landfill as a result of the closure of the Peninsula compost facility in Delaware. The article is not correct. To be clear, residential Brown Bin material is being composted and will continue to be composted. The Department of Sanitation is proud to see the pilot program expanded to more than 100,000 homes, including some high-rise apartments in Manhattan. The Department of Sanitation continues to work to improve the pilot program. Material collected on Staten Island is composted at our Staten Island compost facility, while material collected in other boroughs is sent to private composting facilities in Connecticut and upstate New York. Material in most residential organics trucks is good quality and relatively low in contamination.
 
The material collected at city schools is our primary challenge at this time. Contamination in the organic material collected from some NYC Schools forces DSNY to tip the entire load as refuse at the transfer station. The now-closed Peninsula compost facility had mechanical preprocessing technology that could handle a some of the contamination in these school trucks.
 
In addition, contamination is not an across-the-board problem in all city schools, and we are working with the Dept. of Education to zero in on those schools in need of extra assistance in reducing contamination. System wide, the Dept. of Education is pursuing an innovative multi-city procurement for compostable trays, utensils and packaging, and is increasing its intensive outreach to educate students and school staff about proper source separation. While the closure of Peninsula is a short-term setback for composting programs across the region, New York City has adequate capacity for our program at this time and we continue to look at various processing technologies to handle NYC organic waste streams.
 
Thank you for your continued interest and support. 
 
Henry  A. Ehrhardt
Director, Customer Relations
Division of Customer Service and Government Relations
New York City Department of Sanitation – DSNY

Borough Presidents Announce Appointment of Clayton Banks to NYC Commission on Public Information and Communication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2014

New York – Today, Borough Presidents Gale A. Brewer, Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Jr., Melinda Katz, and James Oddo announced their joint appointment of Clayton Banks to the New York City Commission on Public Information and Communications (COPIC). The commission, established by the 1989 amendments to the City Charter and chaired by the Public Advocate, is tasked with publishing the New York City Public Data Directory and finding ways to improve public access and use of city data.

Mr. Banks is the founder of Silicon Harlem, whose mission is transforming Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood into a hub for innovation and technology. Silicon Harlem hosts events and works with existing businesses, community institutions, and government to attract investment, gigabit infrastructure, co-working spaces, and technology companies to Harlem.

“Clayton Banks is a leader at the crossroads of technology, communications, and the civic space,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I thank my fellow borough presidents for joining me in nominating him for COPIC. This commission can do great things for our city if it follows through on its mission of improving and expanding the public’s ability to access and benefit from city data, and Clayton Banks’ expertise and energy will help the committee do exactly that." Read more...

Statement on Cuomo Administration's Decision to Ban Fracking in New York State

"For years, I have been speaking out about the growing mountain of evidence that fracking is unsafe for both people and our environment. I commend Governor Cuomo for letting science and prudence guide him to the right decision and refusing to allow fracking companies to threaten New Yorkers' health and natural resources."

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