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Brewer points way to better arts education with new report, announces $20,000 in grants and series of arts mixers

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer called for more and better arts education in City schools in a new report released June 30 – while also announcing $20,000 in grants to help fund in-school arts partnerships and a series of arts mixers to connect the borough’s public schools with the City’s top museums and cultural institutions. The new report, “Arts Forward,” calls into question the reliability of the Department of… Read more

Brewer statement on free airport wi-fi

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer stated the following June 25 on the Port Authority’s vote approving an agreement for 30 minutes of free wireless internet at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark airports: “Today the Port Authority has taken a great first step in bringing our New York-area airports into the 21st Century. I passed a resolution in the NYC Council in 2013 calling for this action, and recently sent a… Read more

Resolution to let 16- and 17-year-olds serve on Community Boards passes NYC Council

City Council Resolution 115 to support allowing 16- and 17-year olds to serve on their local community boards passed through the City Council on June 11. The successful vote for the resolution, introduced by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and co-sponsored by Council Members Ben Kallos, Ritchie Torres, Mark Levine and James Vacca, signals New York City’s support of Senate bill S04142, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assembly… Read more

Seaport Working Group’s packed Open House

I was delighted to see such a large crowd attend the Seaport Working Group’s Open House last night, June 2nd. The principles were developed over 11 weeks of meetings by a group of stakeholders who brought a wide breadth of expertise and diverse opinions, and will inform future development in the Seaport area.Over 150 attendees were given a brief introduction to the Working Group’s process by the SWG’s moderator,… Read more

Urgent reforms needed in City’s summer food program for schoolchildren

.PDF of news release “For too long, the City’s summer food program for school kids has been riddled with incomplete information, lack of comprehensive site planning, and without strong inter-agency coordination when it should be a front-line effort in combating hunger,” Brewer said. “Logistics for locations are provided too late, especially for many parents and grandparents. Last year, sites and dates were announced on June 25 – just two days… Read more

Brewer column in City & State on need for a monument to 9/11 Survivors and Responders

“The opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a clear sign that the nation has not forgotten the events of that horrible day now almost 13 years ago. Throughout the country, too, there are memorials to those that were killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, created by states, cities, towns and volunteers to ensure that future generations remember what… Read more

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