Category: News from Gale Brewer

Applications for Manhattan Community Board membership now open!

Gale speaking at a podium to a room full of people Community Board membership applications are now open: We’re looking for passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods. Community Boards play an important role in shaping the character of our city. If you live or work in one of Manhattan, you’re eligible to apply for the 2019-2021 class of board members! You can apply online here. The online application must be completed… Read more

Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island BPs to Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission: Don’t Weaken Community Boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is — because community boards are neighborhoods’ 2018-08-21 – LettertoCharterRevisionCommissionChairPeralesearly-warning system and advocate… Read more

Visit the Manhattan Borough President’s virtual map room!

Birds eye view of manhattan One of the responsibilities of Borough Presidents under the City’s Charter is to approve all street addresses in their borough– and act as custodian of official maps. That includes Manhattan’s historic maps, and Hector Rivera, in charge of my office’s “map room” (official title: Topographic Bureau has scanned and assembled the maps maintained by Borough Presidents over the decades– dating back to the 1800’s! Hector, in between his normal duties,… Read more

Manhattan Community Award Program funding applications online now

Applications for the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) for Fiscal Year 2019 are now available. MCAP provides small funding awards—typically between $3,500 and $5,000—to nonprofit organizations and public schools. Each award is contracted through one of four city agencies: Department for the Aging, Department of Corrections, Department of Education, or Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Proposals must relate to the specific agency’s overall mission and goals. If you have… Read more

Letter grades for street vendors are good, but GPS tracking – not so much

2 street vendors in front of mbpo Today, I weighed in on new rules proposed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that would give letter grades like you see in restaurants to mobile food vendors and that would introduce GPS tracking of these vendors. NYC is known for its food – not just fancier world-class restaurants, but also street food, ranging from halal meats and gyros to all-American hot dogs and… Read more

Brewer Appointed Chair of National League of Cities’ Large Cities Council

“Large cities are the engines that propel our country forward. Our markets, our workforces, our transit hubs, and our scientific, educational, medical, and cultural institutions serve the whole country, and the country can only move forward if we all succeed together. That’s why I was proud to be named Chair of the Large Cities Council, part of the National League of Cities (NLC), and will be attending the NLC’s “Congressional… Read more

Borough President Brewer and Public Advocate Tish James call for charter revision

It’s been nearly 30 years since the last real overhaul of the City Charter, the governing document that functions as New York City’s constitution. With some minor changes made along the way, the 1989 charter has served us pretty well. But this city confronts new challenges — including widening income inequality, a new breed of complex development projects, and a hostile federal government threatening crucial funding streams — and it’s… Read more

A Town Hall for the Downtown Community: The WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

For those who were unable to attend this week’s information session in the Manhattan Borough President’s office, here is a video of the complete 90 minute webcast. Cosponsored with 9/11 Environmental Action, the audience viewed presentations from Rupa Bhattacharyya, Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund, and Dr. Joan Reibman, Medical Director of the World Trade Center Health Program’s Survivor Program, and both answered audience questions. The evening was moderated… Read more

Capital funding available; find out how to apply

I want the broadest possible pool of applications for the next fiscal year’s capital funding projects. Capital grants are long-term investments in property or equipment, as opposed to expenses such as salaries, utilities, or consumables. My office capital grants available to community based non-profits and public schools. But not every school or non-profit is aware of our grant program. That’s the purpose of information sessions my staff conducts to educate… Read more

A different kind of holiday donation drive: diapers!

crib filled with baby supplies for the diaper drive Low-income working parents—especially homeless parents—face a problem when using child care: the services often require supplying their child’s own disposable diapers. Without diapers, they can’t use child care and they can’t go to work. That’s why my office, together with Food Bank for New York City and the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York are hosting our second annual NYC holiday “Diaper Drive” to collect diapers for low-income New… Read more