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B.P. Brewer says no to current Inwood rezoning plan and outlines protections for businesses, tenants needed to gain her support

Inwood Rezoning Graphic 2 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal recommendation on the Inwood rezoning proposal working its way through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), rejecting the plan in its current form and outlining the protections for local businesses and area tenants that would be needed for the plan to win her support. “Inwood is a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood with a huge amount of rent-stabilized… Read more

Brewer distributing free reusable bags for Earth Day

Gale holding a mbpo reuseable tote bag NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced that for Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, her office will be distributing reusable grocery bags for free at greenmarkets and grocery stores around Manhattan. In addition, Brewer’s office will distribute reusable bags on Saturday, April 21 at the Car-Free New York Day event in Washington Heights on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 183rd Street. New Yorkers throw… Read more

Brewer statement on Regents’ approval of new computer science teacher certification

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Board of Regents’ approval of a new K-12 computer science teaching certificate: “Technology is changing our world, and there are barriers we need to bring down if our schools are going to change with it. We can’t make make computer science education truly available to all without a pipeline to train and certify dedicated computer… Read more

Brewer Appointed Chair of National League of Cities’ Large Cities Council

“Large cities are the engines that propel our country forward. Our markets, our workforces, our transit hubs, and our scientific, educational, medical, and cultural institutions serve the whole country, and the country can only move forward if we all succeed together. That’s why I was proud to be named Chair of the Large Cities Council, part of the National League of Cities (NLC), and will be attending the NLC’s “Congressional… Read more

Brewer and Rodriguez react to postponement of Health Careers High School closure vote

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez issued the following statement reacting to the Panel for Educational Policy’s postponement of a planned vote on the closure of the High School for Health Careers in Washington Heights: “The uptown community spoke out with one voice to save this high school, and buy-in from parents and the community is a priceless asset in public education.… Read more

Brewer salutes new leaders for Black History Month

Brewer delivers speech at Black History Month event It’s no secret that we’re living through a storm. The progress we’ve made toward correcting injustices in our society is looking more fragile than we hoped, and we are being challenged as racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia once again rear their ugly heads. But a new wave of activists is rising to meet those challenges and fight injustice on a variety of fronts, and they are lighting a path… Read more

Borough President Brewer and Public Advocate Tish James call for charter revision

It’s been nearly 30 years since the last real overhaul of the City Charter, the governing document that functions as New York City’s constitution. With some minor changes made along the way, the 1989 charter has served us pretty well. But this city confronts new challenges — including widening income inequality, a new breed of complex development projects, and a hostile federal government threatening crucial funding streams — and it’s… Read more

Remarks of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer at José Martí statue dedication in Havana

Brewer stands next to a man in front of Jose Marti statue Good morning, honored guests. Let us make this the beginning of renewed and strengthened friendship between two great cities and their people. At home in the United States we say, “we shall overcome.” Here you say, “venceremos.” I say, welcome home, José Martí! I am Gale Brewer, President of the Borough of Manhattan, where the original of this dramatic statue of José Martí has been inspiring New Yorkers for most… Read more

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