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Public Comment Period for East 91st Street Manhattan Transfer Station Open Through July 24

June 30, 2015

The construction of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station raises serious environmental and public safety concerns. It is an unnecessary project that places significant burden on the community – without providing justifiable benefits.

Through July 24, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting comments from the public regarding the renewal of the construction and operating permits for the East 91st Street MTS. This is an opportunity for the community most impacted by the East 91st Street MTS to have their voices heard. Submissions are crucial; these public comments apply pressure on DEC to hold a public hearing and take the next step against the MTS.

The Manhattan Borough President’s Office will continue to work with local elected officials and members of the community to challenge the renewal of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s operating and construction permits with the aim of halting this ill-conceived project. A real review of these MTS permits – including a public hearing – is vital.

If you would like to submit comments to the DEC on the three construction and operating permits under review, please send them to:

Iver M. Anderson
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407

Statement on the Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Decision

June 26, 2015

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision announced today in Obergefell v. Hodges:

"Four years ago, New Yorkers and Americans across the country celebrated our state's seemingly-impossible achievement in enacting marriage equality. Just four years later, we are celebrating a civil rights victory guaranteeing equal rights for same-sex couples across the country.

"Congratulations to the committed LGBT advocates and activists who have worked so hard to achieve this victory. Today our nation has taken another large step toward a more perfect union."

Statement on Addition of South Street Seaport to National List of Endangered Historic Places

June 24, 2015

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the addition of the South Street Seaport to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list:

"The National Trust's designation only confirms what we in Manhattan already know: the Seaport area is at risk -- and very much worth preserving.

"In many ways, the Seaport is where New York City's economic development began, and we should be able to show future generations how that happened while enhancing the neighborhood for current New Yorkers.

"To dominate the area with a tower is the wrong choice, and I'm glad that the Howard Hughes Corporation is drafting a new proposal."

Stonewall Inn Designated a
City Landmark!

June 23, 2015

Happy Pride Month! As cities across the world celebrate the 46th Anniversary the birth of the LGBT rights movement, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has now ensured that the place where it all began is written into history. Today, the LPC voted unanimously to make the Stonewall Inn a landmark – the first LGBT landmark in New York City!

The Stonewall Inn has a unique place in the history of our city and in the struggle for dignity and equal rights in our society. Thanks to the LPC for finally designating the Stonewall Inn as a city landmark.

Read the office's testimony in favor of Stonewall Inn landmark designation.

Brewer Announces $30 Million in Manhattan Capital Grant Awards for 2015

BP will fund investments in 92 schools, 9 CUNY and SUNY campuses, 16 public parks, and more

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2015

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced her office’s Fiscal Year 2016 capital grant awardees. The grants will be included in the final Fiscal Year 2016 city budget, whose adoption by the City Council is expected later this month.

“Capital grants give us the opportunity to both fix nagging problems and invest in our neighborhoods’ future, and we’ve worked hard to evaluate every proposal and give Manhattanites the most bang for their buck,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Whether we’re fixing the roof at a branch library, renovating a playground, or building out a new computer lab at a local school, these capital grants are going to strengthen our communities and improve people’s lives.” Read more...

Statement on Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston, S.C.

June 18, 2015

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the tragedy in Charleston, S.C., which claimed nine lives last night:

“With the rest of the nation, I mourn the tragedy that occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday. As we learn the horrific details of this latest shooting spree, it seems clear that this was a crime of hate.

“The deranged racism of this shooter is all too familiar, and cannot be treated as an isolated, freak occurrence. In our communities, culture, and government we must rededicate ourselves to understanding and overcoming the racism and prejudice that still plague our society—and reducing the scourge of easily available weapons.”

Statement on Threat of Mass Forced Deportations in Dominican Republic

June 18, 2015

"The Dominican Republic government has threatened a large-scale program of forced deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants. This is an outrage.

"The Dominican government is starting down a road paved with fear, mistrust, and racism that leads only to injustice and suffering. My heart is with New York’s Haitian community and with the many Dominican New Yorkers protesting this destructive path. New York’s immigrant heritage shows only too well how diversity gives a society strength, while fear, mistrust, and racism tear it apart. The Dominican government must renounce this policy."

Brewer Announces $6 Million for Tech in 57 Manhattan Public Schools

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2015

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of capital grant awards promoting the use of technology and technology instruction in Manhattan’s public schools. The grants will be included in the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016, whose adoption is expected later this month.

“There is no better investment than in modern tools and technology for the classroom, because they help prepare our kids for today’s working world,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “That’s why my office has made technology for education a priority in our capital funding grant program this year. Fifty-seven schools across the entire borough of Manhattan will get significant tech upgrades as a result of this funding.” Read more...

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, June 18th

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, June 18, 2015, 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: http://bit.ly/MBPOLivestream
Statement on the Enactment of
Net Neutrality Rules

June 12, 2015

“Today, after years of debate and millions of public comments, net neutrality rules officially go into effect. This is a big deal in the battle to ensure a free and open internet for all. However, the fight is not over as litigation from telecom companies remains pending. As I have been saying for years, reasonable regulation is necessary to make sure the internet remains an innovative ecosystem for investment and economic development, while protecting consumers and content companies from unfair practices. The fight is not over, but today is a great reminder of how far we have come on this issue. “

Free Summer Meals Program for New York City Children Begins Its 2015 Season

June 10, 2015

The New York City Department of Education serves over 700,000 free meals to children every day during the school year. These meals, which include breakfast and lunch, are vital to families struggling to keep their children fed and healthy. But what happens when school lets out for the summer?

Many eligible families don’t know about the federally funded Summer Meals Program offered across the city. This crucial resource provides free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches to children 18 and younger at convenient sites across the city – with the added benefit of seven-day services and four mobile food trucks.

According to the Food Bank of New York City's 2013 Hunger Safety Net Report, two-thirds of parents participating in the city’s emergency food programs don’t take advantage of Summer Meals because they are unaware of its existence or haven’t received details from schools about where and when to take their kids to be fed. That’s why my volunteers and staff visited over 80 schools this week to distribute information about the Summer Meals program to parents and educators.

The Summer Meals program runs from June 27 – September 4 at participating schools, pools, parks, libraries and NYCHA locations across New York City. If you live in Manhattan and your children are eligible to receive free Summer Meals, there are several ways to find a location near you...

Borough President Brewer, Council Member Chin Respond to Seaport Developer Plan 'Significantly Revise' Seaport Tower Development

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2015

NEW YORK -- Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and City Council Member Margaret Chin (D-1) responded today to a letter from David R. Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio on their effort to build a mixed use tower on the site of the Fulton Fish Market’s New Market Building adjacent to Pier 17, the South Street Seaport commercial development they are already renovating under a long term lease with the City’s Economic Development Corporation.

In a joint statement, Brewer and Chin said:

“HHC’s statement that they are ‘working on a significantly revised plan to address the height issue’ is welcome news. We look forward to seeing how well their revised proposal meets the Seaport Working Group guidelines and preserves and enhances the vibrancy and historical significance that the Seaport deserves. The entire area can fairly be described as where New York City began; it’s up to us to make sure future generations can see how.” Read more...

Mayor Signs BP Brewer and Council Member Mendez Law Protecting Tenants

New law will protect tenants’ quality of life and minimize disruptions from repair work

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2015

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Rosie Mendez today celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature of Int. 222, legislation requiring landlords provide tenants with advance notice for non-emergency repair work that will result in disruptions to building services.

The new law establishes a general baseline of 24 hours’ advance notice for most work. For work affecting elevators, the bill requires 10 business days’ notice for major alteration work and 24 hours’ notice for any other work that will suspend all elevator service for more than two hours.

This legislation, sponsored jointly by Council Member Mendez and Borough President Brewer, closes a gaping hole in the city’s tenant-protection laws, which previously did not provide no such advance-notice requirements.

“Before this law, a wheelchair-bound tenant could leave for work in the morning and return in the evening to find the elevator offline for hours, having never heard a whisper about it. Now tenants will have a right to fair warning and an opportunity to plan around disruptive maintenance work,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “It’s also no secret that no-notice quality-of-life disruptions labeled as ‘maintenance work’ are a frequent harassment tactic to push tenants out of rent-stabilized apartments. The new notice requirements in this law will be easy for honest, everyday landlords and building managers to respect, but they will take another harassment tool away from abusive landlords.” Read more...

Statement on F.C.C. Move to Expand Broadband Accessibility

May 28, 2015

“Chairman Wheeler is absolutely right that broadband is key to Lifeline’s future. Ubiquitous internet access has become essential to everyday life, for everything from communication and job searching to entertainment and medical care. Here in New York, we can leverage community partnerships to ensure that New Yorkers can not only afford broadband, but are trained on how to take advantage of the many opportunities provided by internet access. I will be working closely with colleagues in government and the private sector over the coming months to make sure this program achieves its goal of providing a minimum baseline of connectivity for all Americans. “

Further Reading: F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor

Northern Manhattan Storefront Office Is Now Open!

May 21, 2015

This past Friday, Borough President Brewer welcomed elected officials, city leaders and hundreds of New Yorkers to celebrate the opening of her new Northern Manhattan Office! The street-level storefront office was opened to provide the community with an easy place to go for services and assistance on issues ranging from housing to healthcare to education to immigration.

Find your way to the office at 431 West 125th Street and our staff will assist you with your problem and connect you with the people and agencies who can help. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be made by calling (212) 531-1609. Read more…

Announcing the Spring 2015 Leadership Development Series!

May 19, 2015

With hundreds of new and reappointed members taking seats on Community Boards in May, the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Community Board Leadership Development Series. Sessions will cover topics useful to both newly-appointed Community Board members and experienced members. Two new courses, Landmarks 101 and Unlocking Open Data, are included in this spring’s trainings, along with old favorites like Land Use and Zoning 101, the NYC Budget Process. and Community Planning Tools. Sessions are open to the public, but registration is required. All sessions will be held at 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, from 6 – 8 pm. For more information, contact Paola Liriano at [javascript protected email address] or 212-669-2094. Register today.

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