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Brewer to HPD: Stop downsizing vulnerable Section 8 tenants, convene working group

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the City’s most vulnerable Section 8 residents and convene a working group to find alternate cost-saving solutions. The letter was signed by 26 elected officials and follows months of communication with HPD over Section 8 downsizing. “Downsizing as it is currently being carried out affects mostly the… Read more

Brewer announces Manhattan capital grant awardees

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer has announced the following list of capital grant awardees in the release of the Mayor’s Executive Budget. Each year, as part of the City’s budget process, Borough Presidents are mandated by the City Charter to receive a portion of the City’s capital budget for capital funding – purchase or improvement of fixed assets such as buildings or other infrastructure. B.P.s then allocate that funding… Read more

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, May 15

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 8:30 A.M. in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. The meeting will include a vote on a resolution approving a lease from the City of New York to the New York City Land Development Corporation (“NYCLDC”) and an assignment of lease to the Nut Box, LLC, or an affiliate, for commercial… Read more

Brewer, Kallos, Vacca introduce OpenFOIL legislation

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Members Ben Kallos and James Vacca are introducing an Open FOIL bill today to create a centralized, searchable database of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests sent to City agencies. The online database would allow members of the public to both file FOIL requests and search previous ones. Information would include the date each request was filed and documentation of its progress.… Read more

Brewer calls on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model and fight its efforts to legalize the now illegal use of apartments for commercial use. In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Brewer warns that using residences as unregulated hotels risks further reducing the number of affordable and rent-regulated apartments in the City – right when they are most needed. The practice also creates… Read more

Brewer on news that the New York Public Library is abandoning its expansion and renovation plans

It always takes courage to change your mind. I applaud the Board and leadership of the NYPL for listening to the public and changing course on their plan to close the Mid-Manhattan Branch. We look forward to working with the NYPL and community partners to achieve our shared goal of providing the best possible experience, within a limited budget, to all library users.… Read more

Brewer on Mayor’s housing plan

The shortage in affordable housing in this city has become a crisis, and I commend Mayor de Blasio for beginning to address this issue in a comprehensive way. In particular, his proposal to double the HPD budget would provide necessary resources, and his call for mandatory inclusionary housing would ensure there are units available for various income levels in all neighborhoods. The Mayor also proposes a respectful and neighborhood-focused approach… Read more

BP Brewer, local residents, first responders, organized labor, elected officials announce committee to establish monument to sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, NYC Uniformed Fire Officers President Al Hagan, 9/11 responder and President of the FealGood Foundation John Feal, Kimberly Flynn, Chair… Read more

Brewer calls for dedicated funding source for affordable housing in NYC

Also Recommends Reforming Zoning Policies as City Tackles Growing Crisis in Affordability With housing costs the biggest issue confronting Manhattan, Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling for a dedicated funding source to create affordable housing in the borough and a dramatic re-think of zoning policies to ensure all new developments include affordable as well as middle-income units. “Manhattan and the City as a whole are suffering a crisis in… Read more

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