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Statement of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick on the Manhattan Borough Board’s vote in support of the East Midtown Rezoning

NEW YORK — Today, the Manhattan Borough Board adopted a resolution on the Dept. of City Planning’s East Midtown rezoning proposal, approving the plan on the condition of a number of changes and improvements. After the vote, Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Dan Garodnick issued the following joint statement: “Today was a milestone in our effort to rezone East Midtown — one that came after extensive Read more

Wall Street Journal: Post-Election Surge in Applicants to New York City Boards

The Wall Street Journal’s Thomas MacMillan reported yesterday on how our office is experiencing a surge in applications to Community Boards. “Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said that while her office has been putting more effort into community-board recruitment, the increase in applications is also linked to the election. Her office received 1,030 applications this year for 300 open spots on Manhattan’s 12 community boards, up from 785 in 2016… Read more

December 2016 Newsletter: Staten Island Grand Jury Decision, Landmarks Preservation, Housing, Immigration, and more.

The Staten Island grand jury decision.
I disagree with the decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Sadly, Garner’s death is yet another instance where the outcome is utterly, tragically out of proportion to the offense—in this case, for selling loose cigarettes on a commercial strip on Staten Island. As I said after the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision, we need reforms, we need… Read more

Statement on Street Festival Regulation Changes

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement today on Mayor de Blasio’s withdrawal of proposed changes to street festival regulations: “Governing requires patience and a willingness to get things right, even if it takes a little longer. That’s what the mayor is displaying here. “The mayor’s proposal contained real positives, but it also contained real flaws and suffered from a… Read more

Brewer, garment stakeholders say Garment District zoning “phase-in” essential

various rolled-up fabrics Garment District Steering Committee Report: Web | PDF NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released the Garment District Steering Committee’s final report and recommendations ( Web | PDF), and called upon the de Blasio administration to commit to what she highlighted as the group’s single most important recommendation: that any repeal of Garment District zoning protections be tied to the actual preservation of long-term garment… Read more

Brewer ensures NYCHA residents are heard in Albany

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Please Contact: Andrew Goldston | | 917.960.1187
Photos Available: On Flickr
Additional photos will be available at this link later today.
Brewer greets Manhattan public housing residents and leaders traveling to Albany this morning.
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer sponsored a bus to Albany today, helping dozens of Manhattan public housing residents and leaders participate in Public Housing
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January 2015 Newsletter: North Cove Marina, Killings of NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos, Roosevelt Island Library, and more

The killings of Officers Liu and Ramos.
The shocking assassinations of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos coming amidst ten days of street protests over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case turned the holiday mood of our city on its head: one claim of injustice cruelly and murderously doubled by another. No New Yorker with a heart could avoid being sobered by the confluence of events,… Read more

Brewer Welcomes 15 CUNY Service Corps Students to Help Communities Navigate NYC Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2014 New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today is welcoming 15 student members of the CUNY Service Corps who will work to help the BP’s office and Manhattan’s Community Boards navigate City data in ways that help neighborhoods make informed decisions and ensure City government is truly transparent. “I was proud to sponsor NYC’s Open Data Law while in the Council,… Read more

Borough President Brewer Appoints Lucille Songhai Director of Community Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2014 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today her appointment of Lucille K. Songhai as Director of Community Affairs.
“I‘m proud to welcome Lucille to our office. Together, our Community Affairs team will go the extra mile to provide community support and proactively take on issues affecting our borough – from encouraging smart development to improving city services, and… Read more

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