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Greg Lewis

Brewer statement on the Vision Zero Action Plan

I’m glad that the Mayor has so quickly put a plan together to achieve Vision Zero. In Manhattan, we started an outreach process already, working with each of the 12 Community Boards to identify known traffic hotspots and recommend remedies for DOT to implement. Any safety programs going forward must also include audible, accessible pedestrian signals– which, I’m proud to say, is mandated by a law I wrote.… Read more

Brewer praises move to make ballots easier to read

I commend the decision by the NYC Board of Elections to limit the number of languages on ballots to three. This will allow for a more readable ballot for all New Yorkers, while preserving language options for voters who prefer a non-English ballot. While this does not diminish the need to pass comprehensive ballot redesign at the State level, the NYC Board of Elections should be congratulated for their work… Read more

Brewer statement on the Mayor’s State of the City Address

Paid sick leave means better workers, healthier workplaces, and a shift to preventative instead of costly emergency health care – and the Mayor is right in seeking to expand it to more workers. I also applaud the Mayor’s jobs plan to expand science, technology, engineering, math, and health-care education at City high schools and CUNY – and connect every high school with a specific, in-demand industry. After all, children who… Read more

Brewer appoints Athena Moore as Director of Northern Manhattan Office

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Athena Moore as Northern Manhattan Director. Athena Moore brings a wealth of expertise in policy advocacy, health and human services, and strategic planning – as well as a deep commitment to public service and broad experience working collaboratively – and I’m very pleased that she is joining our team. Our goal is to strengthen our community partnerships, ramp up constituent services, and… Read more

Brewer steps up street-level analysis of traffic dangers to halt fatalities

To help put an end to the city’s tragic traffic fatalities, I’ve called on Manhattan Community Boards to identify and submit lists of their top traffic hotspots. We’ll use the lists at my first meeting of the Borough Service Cabinet next week, to ensure specific problems get specific solutions. Citywide proposals such as lowering the speed limit will help, but a plan that will work has to be detailed and… Read more

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Monday, January 27

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. The Borough Board consists of the Borough President, Council Members representing the borough, and the chairs of all the community boards in the borough (who may vote only on matters directly affecting their community districts). The Borough Board has the power to… Read more

Laura Zingmond appointed B.P. representative to Panel for Educational Policy

I’m proud to announce the appointment of Laura Zingmond as my representative to the Panel on Educational Policy (PEP). The first PEP meeting is being held tonight, at the High School of Fashion Industries. Laura is not just a public school parent; she’s been on the inside of hundreds of public schools in all five boroughs in her role as a researcher for InsideSchools.org, a project of the Center for… Read more

Become a Community Board Member!

Submit your application by February 1st Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms.  Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. I’ve served on my Community Board… Read more

Capital funding grant applications available now!

Each year, as part of the budget process, Borough Presidents are mandated by the City Charter to receive a portion of the city’s capital budget (under a formula that accounts for land area and population, which is why Brooklyn and Queens have larger capital budgets!) for capital funding– purchase or improvement of fixed assets such as buildings or other infrastructure. Each B.P. then allocates that funding within their borough to… Read more