Category: News from Gale Brewer

Brewer calls for dedicated funding source for affordable housing in NYC

Also Recommends Reforming Zoning Policies as City Tackles Growing Crisis in Affordability With housing costs the biggest issue confronting Manhattan, Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling for a dedicated funding source to create affordable housing in the borough and a dramatic re-think of zoning policies to ensure all new developments include affordable as well as middle-income units. “Manhattan and the City as a whole are suffering a crisis in… Read more

Brewer announces results of revamped Community Board application process

New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced the results of a revamped Community Board application process, in which nearly 600 people were interviewed and took part in training exercises on conflict of interest, budgeting, and land use. Following a three-month process, 321 Community Board members were appointed for 2014-16 terms – and 25 percent were new members, many of them participating in public service for… 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

Brewer praises March 26 passage of intern protections bill

Unpaid interns deserve protections against harassment, which is why I am proud to have co-sponsored today’s City Council bill to unsure they enjoy the full protection of the New York City Human Rights Law. In more than 30 years of public service, I have had over 1,000 interns. They have been invaluable – and we should value them in turn. Background: BP Brewer first introduced the interns protection bill in… Read more

Brewer co-sponsors four bills

Pressing forward with an active legislative agenda, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer on Feb. 26 co-sponsored four pieces of legislation in the City Council. All were reintroductions from her time in the Council. Int. 89-2014 – with Council Member Levin: A bill to require the Department of Social Services to provide semiannual reports to the Council regarding referrals to adult protective services. Int. 108-2014 – with Council Member Rose: … Read more

2014 Community-Scale Composting Grant

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), and Citizens Committee for New York City invite you to apply for a grant to start, expand, and grow composting programs. Eligibility Requirements:
  • Completed proposal submitted by March 28, 2014
  • Community association, community garden, friends of park group, housing development group, nonprofit, school, college/university, hospital, or private business
  • Group must have permission to start or expand this
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Brewer appoints Athena Moore as Director of Northern Manhattan Office

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Athena Moore as Northern Manhattan Director. Athena Moore brings a wealth of expertise in policy advocacy, health and human services, and strategic planning – as well as a deep commitment to public service and broad experience working collaboratively – and I’m very pleased that she is joining our team. Our goal is to strengthen our community partnerships, ramp up constituent services, and… Read more

Laura Zingmond appointed B.P. representative to Panel for Educational Policy

I’m proud to announce the appointment of Laura Zingmond as my representative to the Panel on Educational Policy (PEP). The first PEP meeting is being held tonight, at the High School of Fashion Industries. Laura is not just a public school parent; she’s been on the inside of hundreds of public schools in all five boroughs in her role as a researcher for InsideSchools.org, a project of the Center for… Read more

Become a Community Board Member!

Submit your application by February 1st Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms.  Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. I’ve served on my Community Board… Read more

Capital funding grant applications available now!

Each year, as part of the budget process, Borough Presidents are mandated by the City Charter to receive a portion of the city’s capital budget (under a formula that accounts for land area and population, which is why Brooklyn and Queens have larger capital budgets!) for capital funding– purchase or improvement of fixed assets such as buildings or other infrastructure. Each B.P. then allocates that funding within their borough to… Read more

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