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Celebrating 150 Years of the
New York City Fire Department

On Saturday for the New York City Fire Department’s 150th Anniversary, representatives from my office visited every open firehouse in Manhattan to present certificates of thanks for the FDNY’s incredible service to our city.

The FDNY celebrated by opening their doors to all New Yorkers for tours, fire safety instruction, career inquiries, and demonstrations with local firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. I joined Mayor Bill deBlasio to meet the firefighters at the Engine 58 firehouse at 1367 Fifth Avenue and I can say that everyone had a wonderful day. Take a look!

Statement upon the Death of
NYPD Officer Brian Moore

"I mourn the death of Officer Brian Moore with all New Yorkers. He grew up with blue blood in his veins, and was only beginning his service to our city. We must remember that service with gratitude, and honor his sacrifice with a renewed commitment to work together to get illegal guns off the street and build a safer, united city."
Borough President Issues Plan to Expand Urban Agriculture

Brewer announces up to $1 million in funding to promote gardening and hydroponics in schools

Urban Farming Symposium announced for fall

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2015

NEW YORK – At City Hall today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “How Our Gardens Grow, Strategies for Expanding Urban Agriculture,” a report with recommendations for expanding urban agriculture in Manhattan’s schools, senior centers, and public housing facilities. Brewer also announced that her office will allocate up to $1 million in capital funding for innovative school gardening projects – such as hydroponics labs – in the next fiscal year.

“Our rooftops, schools, and senior centers aren’t the first places that come to mind when you think of agriculture – but Manhattan is home to an array of urban plots, hydroponic farms, greenhouses, and more than 170 community gardens,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Urban agriculture yields tremendous benefits for our neighborhoods, our economy, and the environment: it teaches valuable skills and produces fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. That’s why my office will reserve up to $1 million next year to support gardening programs in Manhattan schools – for less than $50,000 a classroom can be outfitted as a state-of-the-art hydroponics lab.”

Brewer also announced that her office will sponsor an Urban Farming Symposium in the fall of 2015 with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, bringing urban farming participants and experts together to share their knowledge and lay the groundwork for a support network. Read more...

Discovering Manhattan's Neighborhoods, One Community Board at a Time

This year, my office’s Land Use team is walking through all of Manhattan's Community Board districts to see the rich and varied architecture, history and people that make up Manhattan’s neighborhoods. By better understanding what makes these neighborhoods great, our Urban Planners can better serve the needs of the community.

The team has already visited Community Boards 1, 10, and 12 (See highlights from their visit to CB 10 below), and as the warmer weather approaches they will make their way through all of Manhattan’s districts. Is there somewhere you think the Land Use team should check out? Tweet @galeabrewer and use the hashtag #landusewalkingtour!

Statement on Comcast Decision to Abandon Merger With Time Warner Cable

"As one of a number of New York officials who expressed deep concerns about a Time Warner-Comcast monopoly, I am glad that those responsible for proposing this merger have bowed to reality. I thank the FCC and the Department of Justice for its careful review of the proposal. A single entity with a dominant position in broadband and programming would hurt both consumers and content creators.

"New Yorkers and all Americans are already paying too much for broadband service that is too slow, due to a lack of competition in the marketplace. In places where Google is rolling out gigabit fiber— Austin, TX and soon Charlotte, NC — Time Warner is now dramatically raising internet speeds at no extra charge."

Borough President Appoints 316 to Community Boards, Including 90 New Members

16- and 17-year olds join boards in first year under new law

For Immediate Release: April 20, 2015

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of 316 appointments to Manhattan’s twelve Community Boards. The appointments will take effect on May 1, 2015, and include 90 new members, more than a quarter of the total appointments.

“On zoning, land use, and how government interacts with our communities, Manhattan’s Community Boards are at the center of it all,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “It’s exciting that so many New Yorkers want to volunteer their time, their energy, and their skills to help our borough and our city. With a great mix of new members, veterans, and more young people, we can expect great things from Community Boards this year.”

Brewer’s office continued its revamp of the Community Board application process by making Manhattan the first borough to accept community board applications online, scoring applications in a formal review process, and evaluating applicants’ participation in structured group problem-solving and discussion scenarios rather than one-on-one interviews.

The complete list of Community Board members is available here: http://bit.ly/ManhattanCB

You can also download a list of newly appointed Community Board members here: http://bit.ly/NewCBMembers2015

Today’s announcement marks the conclusion of a 2015 appointment process that ushered in another major change: the inclusion of 16- and 17-year olds as regular applicants under a new state law passed in 2014 and supported by Brewer. The Borough President’s office received 25 applications from teens aged 16-17, and appointed six of these applicants to Community Board seats.

300 members were appointed to regular two-year terms and an additional 16 one-year vacancies were filled, out of a pool of 722 total applicants. New applications for Community Board membership increased by 43 percent in 2015, and applications increased by 21 percent overall through a combination of traditional community outreach tactics and a targeted Facebook ad campaign. Read more...

Brewer and NYC & Company Foundation Announce Manhattan Cultural Tourism Grant Awards

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2015

NEW YORK -- Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the NYC & Company Foundation have announced this year’s Manhattan recipients of the Borough Cultural Tourism Development Grant Program.

This program is designed to promote tourism in all parts of the borough and raise domestic and international travelers’ awareness of the wide range of cultural opportunities available in Manhattan. The grants will fund the cultural organizations’ development of programming and production of marketing material to reach new audiences.

“Manhattan is the most diverse 23 square miles in the world, and this year’s grantees are part of a constellation of neighborhood institutions that make our borough one of the world’s most interesting destinations,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “When visitors experience what our whole borough has to offer, it’s a win-win for our neighborhoods and for New York City tourism as a whole.” Read more...

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