Category: News from Gale Brewer

Community Vigil and Moment of Silence for Victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria

This evening, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer hosted a community vigil and moment of silence for the victims of recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, joined by Acting Consul-General Sa’ad Muhammad Bello outside the Nigerian Consulate General in New York. On Tuesday of this week, bomb blasts in the Nigerian cities of Yola and Kano claimed the lives of at least 49 people and injured at least 130 more.The… Read more

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, November 19

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 8:30am in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. Watch the meeting, livestreamed at 8:30am, here: http://bit.ly/MBPOLivestream A Special Session of the Manhattan Borough Board will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 for a vote on two proposed changes to the city zoning text, “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” and “Mandatory… Read more

NYC ‘Fair Chance’ Hiring Law Takes Effect Today; Supporters Launch Public Awareness Push

New law ensures formerly incarcerated New Yorkers have fair chance to work; Employers: consider qualifications first; don’t ask about criminal record until job offer New Yorkers with conviction histories and their advocates rallied in Brooklyn this morning to celebrate the Fair Chance Act, a new law that takes effect today that will help ensure that people with records have a fair chance at employment and are not unlawfully shut out… 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

Street Closures During the Pope’s Visit

Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26, Pope Francis’ visit to our city will come with a number of street closures and traffic changes around Manhattan. The New York City Department of Transportation has made a PDF file available with traffic changes sorted by neighborhood — you can download or view it here. ABC7 has gone a step further, organizing a comprehensive web page with information on the Pope’s… Read more

Public Hearing on Manhattan Congestion

While the City is currently conducting an extensive study on the effects of for-hire vehicles on city traffic, we all know that traffic congestion occurs for many reasons – and there are many possible solutions. On September 17, 2015 at 10:00 am, Borough President Brewer held a public hearing do discuss the complexities of Manhattan’s congestion problem. Watch the entire hearing below via livestream. You can also follow the online… Read more

Borough President Brewer Announces Appointment of Matthew Washington as New Deputy Borough President

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced the appointment of Matthew Washington as one of her two Deputy Borough Presidents. Washington, 32, is a Manhattan native — he grew up in East Harlem — a product of the city’s public schools, and a 10-year veteran of volunteer service on Community Board 11, where he was first elected chair at the age of 26. In his professional life, Washington has… Read more

Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus

Map of NYC areas that are planned to be sprayed for pesticides To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity and have high mosquito populations. Neighborhoods
Parts of Central Park,… Read more

School Crossing Guard Positions Open Across Manhattan

B.P. Brewer: apply to be a crossing guard and keep our kids safe With the New York City school year starting Wednesday, September 9, Manhattan Borough President announced today that the Police Department is accepting applications for school crossing guard positions across Manhattan and the city as a whole. Earlier this year, the City allocated $1.14 million in additional funds from the City budget to hire 80 new crossing guards… Read more

Applications Open for Manhattan Community Award Program Grants Through Sept. 10

Applications accepted online for first time at http://bit.ly/MBPOgrants Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer opened the application period for her office’s Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) grants to nonprofit organizations and public schools. The deadline for submission is Thursday, September 10, 2015. “Grants like these can make a big difference for local neighborhoods and the schools and organizations serving them,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Whether it’s… Read more

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