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Our deed restriction law in action!

Gale speaking at podium at State of the Borough After the Rivington House debacle, Council Member Chin and I passed a law in December of 2016 that requires notification of any deed restriction removal request to the local Council Member, the Community Board, and the Borough President. I were pleased this week when I was notified of the request to lift the deed restriction at 142 W. 131st Street. I then was able to write a letter to the… Read more

Brewer says no to Lenox Terrace rezoning proposal

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal ULURP recommendation on the zoning text amendment proposed by the Olnick Organization for its rezoning application to facilitate the development of 5 new buildings located at the Lenox Terrace complex. In her recommendation, she rejected the proposal because it came without adequate public and private investments. “There are few instances where a development the scale of the one… Read more

Manhattan Paper Challenge Quarter One Winners!

Today I announced the winners of the first quarter of the Manhattan Paper Challenge along with Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation Bridget Anderson, members of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Pratt Industries 100% of the paper that Department of Sanitation trucks collect in Manhattan’s is barged to Pratt Industries’ recycling mill on Staten Island where the paper is “pulped” and then used by their corrugated plant… Read more

Joint Statement with Council Member Keith Powers on Holiday Pedestrian Congestion Mitigation Plan

“For months we have been advocating for making 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues car-free as a means to address pedestrian congestion in one of the City’s busiest public spaces. Yesterday, we were encouraged to hear that the City was moving forward with a proposal to enlarge pedestrian space along 5th Avenue to address this congestion during the holiday season. While this is not a long-term solution,… Read more

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

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

Gale 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

Brewer announces 2020 Census initiatives

Gale Brewer talks to a seated crowd Today Deputy Borough President Aldrin R. Bonilla and I led the first meeting of the Manhattan Complete Count Committee, an effort designed to ensure everyone in Manhattan is counted in the 2020 Census. The Committee includes leaders from labor groups, non-profits, business groups, and others. I also launched a first-of-its-kind funding initiative, dubbed ‘Manhattan Counts,’ for creative solutions to reach undercounted groups. Cities like ours, with diverse populations and large… Read more

Brewer advocates for budget priorities

Youth represent the future of New York City. To ensure that this city continues to flourish, there must be adequate funding to support programs and services that invest in our youth through improving public schools, after-school and summer programs and summer meal programs. We need funding to be directed towards our educators and social workers that provide supplementary assistance to young people in the foster care system. To promote civic… Read more

New Community Board appointments announced

Gale speaks to a crowd at Natural History Museum This year’s slate of Manhattan’s 12 Community Board appointments include 89 new members–four of them teens–among the 320 total appointees (from a totel of 651 applicants). Following this latest round of appointments, 93 percent of all appointees now live in the district in which they are appointed. See the complete list of Manhattan Community Board members and appointees (by term) here. If you’ve followed the process at all, you know… Read more