Category: News from Gale Brewer

Misguided proposal from Landmarks Preservation Commission means lost NYC landmarks

I was disappointed to learn of the LPC’s announcement of a massive, short-notice, arbitrary “decalendaring”—i.e., removal from landmarks consideration— of 96 sites or districts citywide, including 36 in Manhattan. My staff and I visited all 36 on Thanksgiving weekend, days after the LPC announcement, and there are at least eight that deserve further consideration, not elimination—including the magnificent Loew’s 175th Street Theater, the former IRT Powerhouse on West 58th Street… Read more

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC & Company Foundation announce grants to support cultural institutions and tourism in New York

NEW YORK, NY – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the NYC & Company Foundation have announced this year’s Manhattan recipients of the Borough Cultural Tourism Development Grant Program. This program is designed to promote tourism in all parts of the borough and raise awareness of domestic and international travelers of the wide range of cultural opportunities available in Manhattan. The grants will fund the cultural organizations’ development of… Read more

Statement on proposed tower at South Street Seaport

NEW YORK, NY – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement after the South Street Seaport Working Group meeting at which the Howard Hughes Corporation presented its proposal for a tower to be developed at the South Street Seaport. “I question whether the proposal from Howard Hughes for a huge tower on the New Market site meets the Seaport Working Group’s guidelines developed over many months of… Read more

Public School Town Hall with Chancellor Fariña

Gale and Carmen Fariña speaking to audience at Public School Town Hall meeting Over a hundred people– Parents, CEC members, teachers, principals, and community board members–  joined me and DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña at my Public School Town Hall November 12th at John Jay College.
We heard her discuss new education initiatives, including the just-announced School Renewal Program,  parent engagement, capacity framework, and school quality “Snapshots.” I raised my concerns about introducing and improving technology in schools– now that Proposal 3, the $2… Read more

Register for the Fall 2014 Community Board Leadership Training Series

The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Community Board Leadership Series. This series is designed to cover introductory and advanced topics useful to prospective, newly-appointed and experienced community board members as well as appointees serving on numerous other boards: BID, CEC, CAB, SWAB, museums. Trainings will be conducted at both uptown and downtown locations. Topics include:
  • Community Portal: Data and
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.NYC is now available to all New York City residents and businesses

When I first introduced a resolution in support of the .nyc domain name as a City Council Member in 2008, I had high hopes for what the domain could become. After all, Paris, Berlin, and othe global cities already had their own top-level domains. Today, after years of hard work and determination from the City, and the approval of ICANN, the web-governing body, anyone in New York City can establish… Read more

CUNY Service Corps students to help communities navigate NYC data

Government transparency and open data have remained an important concern during my years of public service. As a City Council member, I was proud to sponsor NYC’s Open Data Law, which unlocked a treasure trove of data about our streets, crime, restaurant inspections, and other information gathered by city agencies. But that law was only the first step, as “open” data doesn’t automatically mean “useful” data. More work needs… Read more

Borough President Brewer Appoints Lucille Songhai Director of Community Affairs

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2014 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today her appointment of Lucille K. Songhai as Director of Community Affairs.
“I‘m proud to welcome Lucille to our office. Together, our Community Affairs team will go the extra mile to provide community support and proactively take on issues affecting our borough – from encouraging smart development to improving city services, and… Read more

Lucille Songhai Appointed Director of Community Affairs

Gale and Lucille K. Songhai both smiling NEW YORK, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today her appointment of Lucille K. Songhai as Director of Community Affairs. Songhai will report to Deputy Borough President for Community and Borough Operations Aldrin Rafael Bonilla. She will manage the office’s five community liaisons and develop new community outreach strategies in collaboration with Manhattan’s Community Boards and local stakeholders.  “I‘m proud to welcome Lucille to our office. Together,… Read more

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, former B.P. Virginia Fields, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Liz Abzug, and women leaders “Take the Pledge” to register women voters

Brewer stands amongst various females leaders for Women's Equality Day NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, former Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, attorney and daughter of former Manhattan Congresswoman Bella Abzug Liz Abzug, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board Amy Loprest, President of the National Organization for Women NYS Zenaida Mendez, Hunter High School student Sarina Gupta, joined other women leaders today to urge New Yorkers to “Take the Pledge” to… Read more