Category: News from Gale Brewer

Brewer Heralds New Law Allowing 16 & 17 Year Olds to Serve on Community Boards, Announces Recruitment Drive

New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today congratulated Gov. Cuomo and State Legislators on a new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to serve on local Community Boards – and announced a recruitment drive to attract young people to this new opportunity to have a voice in civic affairs. The law signed by the Governor stems from legislation introduced by Gale Brewer into the City Council and… Read more

Brewer Calls for Strict Scrutiny of Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

In comments submitted to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday, August 8, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer continued her strong advocacy on behalf of New York consumers in the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In her comments, Brewer expressed concern about the potential size and scale of the newly created telecom giant, and urged the PSC to demand concessions from Comcast in… Read more

Manhattan Cultural Tourism Development Grant Application Available Now

It is my pleasure to announce the Manhattan Cultural Tourism Development Grant Application is now available. Thanks to the support of the NYC & Company Foundation, we have a small amount of funding available to support non-profits providing tourism marketing and audience development initiatives to expand audiences’ awareness of the various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and their cultural offerings. Full details on the grant application can be found here but please… Read more

Brewer points way to better arts education with new report, announces $20,000 in grants and series of arts mixers

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer called for more and better arts education in City schools in a new report released June 30 – while also announcing $20,000 in grants to help fund in-school arts partnerships and a series of arts mixers to connect the borough’s public schools with the City’s top museums and cultural institutions. The new report, “Arts Forward,” calls into question the reliability of the Department of… Read more

Resolution to let 16- and 17-year-olds serve on Community Boards passes NYC Council

City Council Resolution 115 to support allowing 16- and 17-year olds to serve on their local community boards passed through the City Council on June 11. The successful vote for the resolution, introduced by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and co-sponsored by Council Members Ben Kallos, Ritchie Torres, Mark Levine and James Vacca, signals New York City’s support of Senate bill S04142, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assembly… Read more

Seaport Working Group’s packed Open House

I was delighted to see such a large crowd attend the Seaport Working Group’s Open House last night, June 2nd. The principles were developed over 11 weeks of meetings by a group of stakeholders who brought a wide breadth of expertise and diverse opinions, and will inform future development in the Seaport area.Over 150 attendees were given a brief introduction to the Working Group’s process by the SWG’s moderator,… Read more

Brewer announces Manhattan capital grant awardees

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer has announced the following list of capital grant awardees in the release of the Mayor’s Executive Budget. Each year, as part of the City’s budget process, Borough Presidents are mandated by the City Charter to receive a portion of the City’s capital budget for capital funding – purchase or improvement of fixed assets such as buildings or other infrastructure. B.P.s then allocate that funding… Read more

Brewer calls on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model and fight its efforts to legalize the now illegal use of apartments for commercial use. In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Brewer warns that using residences as unregulated hotels risks further reducing the number of affordable and rent-regulated apartments in the City – right when they are most needed. The practice also creates… Read more

BP Brewer, local residents, first responders, organized labor, elected officials announce committee to establish monument to sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, NYC Uniformed Fire Officers President Al Hagan, 9/11 responder and President of the FealGood Foundation John Feal, Kimberly Flynn, Chair… Read more