Category: Legislation

Brewer, Chin: Add Deed Restrictions to Unified Land Use Review Procedure

Photos available Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Councilmember Margaret S. Chin called on the City Planning Commission to make deed restriction changes subject to the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). In a letter to the City Planning Commission, Brewer and Chin cited a provision of the New York City Charter allowing it to recommend new categories of land use changes for addition to the ULURP process,… Read more

Brewer and Councilmember Chin Introduce Deed Restriction Reform Legislation to Prevent Next Rivington House

Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Councilmember Margaret Chin unveiled new legislation this morning to reform the city’s practices concerning deed restrictions, the arcane process at the heart of the controversies surrounding the sale of Rivington House on the Lower East Side and a lot owned by the Dance Theater of Harlem in upper Manhattan. The Brewer-Chin bill would create a public, searchable database of all properties with deed restrictions… Read more

Brewer, Levine, and Chin Call for Transparency in Wake of Newest Deed Restriction Revelation

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Councilmember Mark Levine, and Councilmember Margaret Chin jointly issued the following statement: “Today’s revelation that another deed restriction protecting a lot in Harlem was quietly lifted at the same time as the deed restriction at Rivington House on the Lower East Side hammers home the need for a complete, public accounting of all deed restrictions. “City agencies must produce an accounting of all deed… Read more

Brewer to Con Ed, AG, City and State Agencies: “Manhattan’s Residents Must Have Cooking Gas”

In a letter to Con Edison, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and city and state regulators, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer decried an increase in gas service shutoffs in Manhattan, which has left tenants without the ability to cook for months in many cases. “I’m hearing from all sides that there’s been a spike in long-term gas service shutoffs. What I want to know from Con Ed and our regulators… Read more

Council to Pass Brewer-Rose Legislation Protecting Caregivers From Employment Discrimination in NYC

The New York City Council will vote Wednesday on a bill that will protect workers who serve as caregivers for children, elderly parents and other family members. The bill, Int. No. 108, was introduced by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilwoman Debi Rose. Many workers in New York City juggle work responsibilities while also acting as a caregiver for children or other family members. Current city law does… Read more

Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel, Brooklyn B.P. Eric Adams, and Manhattan B.P. Gale A. Brewer Issue Report on Improving Police-Community Relations

Download the complete report: Improving Police-Community Relations. Today, civil rights attorney Norman Siegel joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer unveiled a new report with recommendations for improving police-community relations, based on a series of community forums held by Mr. Siegel and Borough Presidents Brewer and Adams in both boroughs, involving more than a thousand total participants, as well as four online “digital… Read more

Mayor Signs BP Brewer and Council Member Mendez Law Protecting Tenants

Mayor De Blasio hands pen to Brewer to sign legislation New law will protect tenants’ quality of life and minimize disruptions from repair work NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Rosie Mendez today celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature of Int. 222, legislation requiring landlords provide tenants with advance notice for non-emergency repair work that will result in disruptions to building services. The new law establishes a general baseline of 24 hours’ advance notice… Read more

Brewer-Mendez Tenant Notification Bill Passes Council

Legislation will protect tenants’ quality of life and minimize disruptions from repair work NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Rosie Mendez today celebrated the Council’s passage of Int. 222, legislation requiring landlords provide tenants with advance notice for non-emergency repair work that will result in disruptions to building services. The bill establishes a general baseline of 24 hours’ advance notice for most work. For… Read more

Brewer, Kallos, Vacca introduce OpenFOIL legislation

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Members Ben Kallos and James Vacca are introducing an Open FOIL bill today to create a centralized, searchable database of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests sent to City agencies. The online database would allow members of the public to both file FOIL requests and search previous ones. Information would include the date each request was filed and documentation of its progress.… Read more

Brewer hails signing of intern protections bill

Mayor de Blasio and Gale smiling with interns First introduced by Brewer, law extends City’s Human Rights Law to protect interns from harassment In more than 30 years of public service, I have sponsored over 1,000 interns in my career and they work as hard as many full-time employees I’ve seen. Interns deserve equal protection under the law, and this legislation does just that, extending the City’s Human Rights Law to include unpaid interns. I’m delighted that the… Read more