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Brewer, Chin file rare zoning text amendment to protect Two Bridges from out-of-scale luxury development

NEW YORK – Late last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin filed with the Department of City Planning to formally request a zoning text amendment to protect the Two Bridges neighborhood from new, out-of-scale luxury development. The application is the first submitted solely by elected officials in nearly 15 years. “Council Member Chin and I have been down this road before: when we… Read more

Open House NY: Manhattan Municipal Building

Municipal Building on a nice day As part of Open House New York, which takes place Saturday, October 14, 2017, you will once again be able to sign up for a viewing of New York City at the top of the McKim Mead & White-designed Municipal Building which houses our office. The cupola offers extraordinary views of lower Manhattan and the East River (with a slice of the Hudson River, too!). Visit www.ohny.org tomorrow, Thursday Oct.… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors receiving a dedicated delivery van!

Today, Borough President Brewer and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to fund a van and part-time driver to support the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which makes bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods for just $8. A dedicated van for produce deliveries to pickup locations will make the program more sustainable and lay the groundwork for further expansion. Read Read more

Brewer, Vacca bringing “Open Data Law 2.0” to Council hearing tomorrow

NEW YORK – Tomorrow, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and New York City Council Member James Vacca will bring Intro 1707, a bill upgrading the City’s first-in-the-nation Open Data Law, to the City Council for a public hearing. Council Member Vacca, who chairs the Technology Committee, will lead the hearing and sponsors the legislation in partnership with Borough President Brewer, who authored the city’s original Open Data Law.… Read more

Brewer greets students and parents on first day of school

Brewer greets father and daughter on first day of school Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer greeted students and parents at P.S. 189 in northern Washington Heights on Thursday, Sept. 7, the first day of the new school year. Greeting students and parents, Brewer and her staff handed out help guides in both English and Spanish with contact information for school administrators, parent coordinators, and other key officials, to help parents remain engaged with their kids’ education and communicate directly… Read more

Overstretched mental health consultants are only support for 1/3 of Manhattan schools: Brewer report

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued “Who’s Caring: The State of School-Based Mental Health Care in NYC Schools,” (PDF) a report opening a window for parents and concerned New Yorkers into the city’s school mental health system.
 
The report describes a fractured system. Some schools benefit from a patchwork of clinics funded from sources like state Medicaid programs, or from permanent social workers… Read more

“Rezoning done the wrong way”: Brewer says no to current East Harlem rezoning proposal

This morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released her formal recommendation rejecting the de Blasio administration’s East Harlem neighborhood rezoning proposal. Brewer cited the lack of significant progress on Community Board 11’s areas of greatest concern and the plan’s failure to satisfy the principles of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan as major factors in her decision. The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, a roadmap for rezoning and community planning in… Read more

B.P. Brewer’s Remarks at Re-Lamping Ceremony for the Eternal Light Monument

Good morning. It is an honor to be here today, on the cusp of Memorial Day weekend, to celebrate relighting The Eternal Light Flagstaff- and the upcoming renovations around the monument. I want to thank Madison Square Park Conservancy Executive Director Keats Myer, Board Chair Sheila It Davidson, Board Chair Emeritus David Berliner, our borough’s Parks Commissioner William Castro, and Dan McSweeney, President of the United War Veterans Council for… Read more

Brewer and Citizens Committee for NYC announce $22,740 in grants for community composting and highlight program’s success with visit to Lydia’s Magic Garden in East Harlem

member of CItizen's Committee displays a bike Site tour shows off new program building bicycle-carried buckets for coffee composting and planned three-bin garden composting system NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined the Citizens’ Committee for New York City and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) to announce 36 Community-Scale Composting Grant awards for community garden programs across the city in 2017. In a site tour following the announcement, members of Lydia’s… Read more

B.P. Brewer, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and Council Member Corey Johnson Announce Formation of Garment Industry Steering Committee

Brewer stands with government officials Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, and Council Member Corey Johnson today announced the formation of the Garment Industry Steering Committee. Following the pattern of the successful East Midtown Steering Committee, this new group will be chaired by Borough President Brewer and will meet for three months with the following objectives:
  • Engage stakeholders in the Garment District and
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