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Greg Lewis

Brewer Heralds New Law Allowing 16 & 17 Year Olds to Serve on Community Boards, Announces Recruitment Drive

New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today congratulated Gov. Cuomo and State Legislators on a new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to serve on local Community Boards – and announced a recruitment drive to attract young people to this new opportunity to have a voice in civic affairs. The law signed by the Governor stems from legislation introduced by Gale Brewer into the City Council and… Read more

Brewer Calls for Strict Scrutiny of Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

In comments submitted to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday, August 8, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer continued her strong advocacy on behalf of New York consumers in the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In her comments, Brewer expressed concern about the potential size and scale of the newly created telecom giant, and urged the PSC to demand concessions from Comcast in… Read more

End the “Poor Door”

Relegating low- and moderate-income residents of new, mixed-income developments to a “poor door” is wrong and must stop immediately. New York City thrives on fairness and diversity. Creating a two-tier system in the same building is anathema to everything that makes Manhattan great. I consider any separate-but-equal rationalization an offensive relic of history.Today, July 25, 2014, I stood on City Hall steps to demand revisions to the city’s Inclusionary… Read more

Manhattan Cultural Tourism Development Grant Application Available Now

It is my pleasure to announce the Manhattan Cultural Tourism Development Grant Application is now available. Thanks to the support of the NYC & Company Foundation, we have a small amount of funding available to support non-profits providing tourism marketing and audience development initiatives to expand audiences’ awareness of the various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and their cultural offerings. Full details on the grant application can be found here but please… Read more

Borough President Brewer, Councilmember Garodnick announce East Midtown Steering Committee

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick on July 9 announced the formation of the East Midtown Steering Committee. Made up of stakeholders and chaired by the Borough President and Council Member Garodnick, this commences the second phase of the East Midtown rezoning proposal, with phase one focusing on the Vanderbilt Avenue corridor. The East Midtown Steering Committee will conduct a ground-up process to study… Read more

Brewer statement on Mayor’s expansion of arts education

“The arts are essential, and I applaud the Mayor and Council for adding $23 million for arts education to ensure more in-school programs for underserved schools. Key steps must include improving the Department of Education’s Annual Arts Survey to fix inaccuracies – so that we know what is really going on in our schools and can guarantee that schools have equal access to the resources they need. My report ‘Arts… Read more

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