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Greg Lewis

Statement on Amazon HQ2 announcement

long island city on a cloudy day Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following public statement on the announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 plans in New York City: “New Yorkers are being told Amazon needs and deserves billions of dollars in payments and tax breaks to locate in Long Island City, minutes from Manhattan, when we have no certainty on a range of issues from local hiring to the effects on rents throughout the city. “Moreover,… Read more

How we can make New York City government work better

Gale stating her testimony at Charter 2019 Manhattan Hearing Last night, I testified before a packed house at the Manhattan hearing of the 2019 Charter Revision Commission. We have a real opportunity to improve the way city government functions. Good Evening. Thank you to Gail Benjamin and to each Commissioner for taking on this enormous role – and welcome to Manhattan! I am delighted that the legislation I sponsored with the Speaker and Public Advocate calling for a Charter Revision Commission has resulted in this illustrious group coming together.

Central Harlem Historic District is granted protected status!

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement following the City Council’s approval of the Central Harlem Historic District today: “The blocks that make up the Central Harlem Historic District are a living piece of history, speaking to events from Harlem’s 19th-century building boom to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. I thank Council Member Bill Perkins and the Council’s Land Use Committee for… Read more

Tell the Charter Revision Commission how you think city government can improve

The 2019 Charter Revision Commission is holding its first slate of public hearings in each borough! The Commission was created to give the city government’s ground rules a full inspection and tuneup, with no preset political agenda and plenty of input from experts and the public. This first round of public hearings will help identify issues that are worth a closer look — so all New Yorkers should attend if… Read more

Manhattan Hearing: 2019 Charter Revision Commission

text of "Join us!" How can city government work better for Manhattan? The NYC Charter is the city’s constitution and sets out how the city makes decisions. It’s an important document, but it hasn’t had a serious review in 30 years — so it’s due for a major overhaul. If you or your organization have ideas about what needs changing, start writing testimony now and plan to attend on Wednesday — the first hearing… Read more

Cultural leaders honored at Borough President’s reception to kick off the African American Day Parade

Gale speaking at podium for African American Day Parade I recognized 23 cultural leaders in Manhattan’s African American community at a September 14 reception at the Schomburg Center in Harlem to kick off the annual African American Day Parade. All of the honorees are creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and community advocates who have shaped arts and culture across the borough for many years. Some, like Teresa McKinney, Ade Williams, Anna Glass and Anthony McGill are part of venerable institutions: the… Read more

Council’s Charter Revision Commission begins public hearings

a panel at the charter revision brooklyn That’s right, there’s another Charter Revision Commission at work, resulting from a local law co-sponsored by myself, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Public Advocate Tish James (introduced before the Mayor’s proposal even surfaced). This version will spend a full year examining all aspects of the City Charter and will propose changes on the 2019 ballot. Our logic in proposing a fresh look at the city’s main governing document was that… Read more

Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission proposes drastic changes to community boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is—because community boards are neighborhoods’ early-warning system and advocate during high-stakes land use… Read more

Students across the city return to school

Gale handing out flyers to parents in front of a public school The beginning of September means back to school for more than 177,000 students in 301 public schools across Manhattan. I was out bright and early this morning in front of P.S. 36 in Morningside Heights greeting students and their parents and handing out copies of my Manhattan Public School Help Guide, which lists the contact information for NYC Department of Education staff and the parent-run Community Education Councils (CECs). Each… Read more