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emil mella

Everything I’ve Heard About: MONEY

These are difficult times, and we’re doing our best to keep Manhattan informed – which is why we’ve been putting out our daily COVID-19 newsletter (sign up here!). The effect of coronavirus on paychecks has been sizable, and while local, state and federal governments, along with some businesses, have put a variety measures in place to give New Yorkers a break, it’s hard to keep track of it all.… Read more

Everything I’ve Heard About: EDUCATION

These are difficult times, and we’re doing our best to keep Manhattan informed – which is why we’ve been putting out our daily COVID-19 newsletter (sign up here!). One of the most challenging parts of this crisis have come from how it has impacted education – from college to pre-K, students are going home as families learn how to best grapple with e-learning platforms. We’ve been sending out information… Read more

Everything I’ve Heard About: DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERING

These are difficult times, and we’re doing our best to keep Manhattan informed – which is why we’ve been putting out our daily COVID-19 newsletter (sign up here!). As the situation around COVID-19 develops, so many New Yorkers want to serve their communities – it goes without saying that in so many cases, the best way to do so is just to stay home! But for those in healthy… Read more

Deadline extended! Apply to join your local community board by Feb. 14.

I’m looking for passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods. Community Boards play an important role in shaping the character of our city. If you live or work in one of Manhattan’s 12 community districts, you’re eligible to apply for the 2020-2022 class of CB members. The online application must be completed in one sitting, so I suggest you read the paper… Read more

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

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

Fighting the epidemic of anti-Semitism

It’s no secret that we’re now facing an epidemic of anti-Semitism across the country, including right here in New York, as the recent attacks in Monsey so tragically demonstrated. In her New York Times op-ed, Congresswoman Nita Lowey said, “We are no longer talking about isolated, occasional actions—bad enough as those are—but a regular phenomenon. Like an epidemic, it must be treated comprehensively, addressing root causes.” I totally agree.… Read more

Brewer reminds property owners of snow removal obligations

In a letter, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) – a member of my Accessibility Task Force – and I called on property owners to adhere to snow removal obligations as the winter weather ramps up. The letter was sent to the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Association, the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominimiums, NAIOP NYC Chapter, and the NYC BID Association… Read more

Brewer reappointed to serve on National League of Cities’ Human Development Committee

Gale smiling with National League of Cities sign Partnering with other urban leaders means we can amplify our voice when it comes to pressing issues facing the millions of people we represent, which is why I’m thrilled to be reappointed to serve on the National League of Cities’ Human Development Committee (NLC). I look forward to continuing to work alongside my fellow committee members in pushing smart, effective policies that support our most vulnerable, strengthen the social safety… Read more

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