East Side Coastal Resiliency independent review report finalized

Public Hearing on East Side Coastal Resiliency Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Carlina Rivera announced today the publication of the final report by independent consultant Deltares, hired for the review of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) last month. In her Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) recommendation, Brewer requested an independent environmental expert to review the ESCR Project and prepare comments regarding the City’s Preferred Alternative 4 proposal and the… Read more

Joint Statement by Brewer and Council Member Rivera on the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency program announced by the EDC

“We’ve heard concerns expressed about the contract issued to Arcadis by the EDC to plan the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) program. Arcadis is subcontracting work to 17 companies including Deltares, the consulting firm we’ve commissioned which is completing a review of the East Side Resiliency Plan (ESCR) that is now undergoing ULURP. Deltares’ work on LMCR is limited to hydrological analysis of tides and currents for the project. “While… Read more

Religious Facilities Task Force

Religious institutions are a bedrock of neighborhood life and identity, and serve as a social and cultural resource for thousands of New Yorkers. When religious congregations are faced with real estate challenges and must move or close, the impacts on the surrounding community can be significant. Since 2014, my office has worked to assist them in meeting their challenges – which have been particularly serious in Central and East Harlem,… Read more

IBO study: How homeless facilities impact property values

A New York City Independent Budget Office study I requested shows how housing property values are affected by certain types of homeless facilities within 1,000 feet. Transitional shelters appear to drop property values only modestly, while permanent supportive housing doesn’t affect values at all. Facts unearthed by solid research like this are what public policy should be based on, and permanent shelters are clearly what the de Blasio administration should… Read more

Charter Revision proposals on November ballot

It may feel a bit like “Groundhog Day,” but the November 5, 2019 ballot will contain a set of proposals to revise New York City’s Charter. (You may recall there were three charter revision proposals on last year’s General Election ballot—the result of a hurried process instituted by the Mayor—which created a Civic Engagement Commission, instituted term limits on Community Board members, and increased the funding match for candidates who… Read more

837 pages, and a whole lot of fear…

That’s what the new federal “Public Charge” rule means for immigrants. The rule, to be implemented by the Trump administration on October 15, adds new criteria to the factors deciding whether to grant legal permanent status to those undocumented immigrants who apply for it. That criteria says if an applicant is enrolled in public benefits programs during 12 months of any 36 month period prior to the application they are… Read more

READ: My remarks at the 14th Street Tech Training Center groundbreaking

Brewer stands in front of podium Delivered Monday, August 5, 2019 It’s great to be here today, but, as you know, all development in Manhattan is controversial! Thank you to EDC, Council Member Rivera and my friend Andrew Rasiej.  I have supported this project since its inception because since my days as Chair of the City Council’s Technology Committee, I have understood what technology can mean for this city and its residents.  Technology can re-shape government,… Read more

Court rules in Brewer lawsuit: calls for Two Bridges projects to undergo ULURP

I’m please to report that NY Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron has ruled in favor of our lawsuit against the Two Bridges project. He agreed with us that the Two Bridges developments will have a ‘huge’ impact on the neighborhood, and must undergo the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process. In his opinion, Judge Engoron recognized that “…evading a required ULURP irreparably harms a community…” and that “…ULURP is… Read more

Grant deadlines extended to August 16

Gale Brewer talks to a seated crowd The deadlines for applications for both the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) and the Manhattan Counts 2020 Census initiative have been extended to August 16. The MCAP provides funding awards of up to $3,500 to nonprofit organizations and public schools. Each award is contracted through one of four city agencies selected by the applicant: Dept. for the Aging, Dept. of Correction, Dept. of Education, and the Dept. of Health and… Read more

Announcing the Winners of the Seaport Community Mural Project!

My office and the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) are pleased to announce the winning designs in our Seaport Community Mural Project. These designs will be applied to structures that are part of the Interim Flood Protection Measures (IFPM) program, which will be installed along South Street in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport neighborhood. Below are the winners. Andrea Bass, New York, NY: Brenda Berkman, New York, NY: Ebony Bolt,… Read more