Category: News from Gale Brewer

Brewer issues Manhattan supermarket survey and Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, calls for policies to boost neighborhood supermarkets

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “Manhattan Supermarkets: How to Keep them Alive,” a survey of Manhattan’s supermarkets and grocers with policy recommendations to stem the tide of supermarket closures. The report also includes the Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, a census of senior-friendly features at 229 Manhattan supermarkets (including wheelchair accessibility, restroom availability, delivery costs, and any available senior discounts). “The first step in solving a lot… Read more

B.P. Brewer releases results of survey of empty storefronts on Broadway

188 street-level vacancies identified from The Battery to Inwood NEW YORK—Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today released results of a survey of vacant storefronts along the entire length of Broadway, conducted Sunday, May 21, 2017 by several dozen volunteers and interns organized by her office.  Along the 244 blocks of Broadway, from The Battery to Inwood, the survey identified 188 empty street-level storefronts. “Empty storefronts can sap the… Read more

Following 31 percent spike in applications, Brewer announces 2017 Community Board appointments

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced this year’s slate of appointments to Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards. The 328 appointments include 87 new members, more than a quarter of the appointments. “Community Board members sit across the table from the most powerful real estate interests and city and state officials, negotiating for the public and shaping the future of their neighborhoods,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “We… Read more

B.P. Brewer to FCC Chair: Undermining net neutrality could push American jobs overseas

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit V. Pai, arguing that undermining net neutrality would threaten jobs and undermine American tech-sector leadership. “Businesses and innovators depend on equal access to the internet, where they are charged for the amount of data they can upload and download regardless of the type of data or that data’s point of origin or destination. And contrary to the… Read more

Brewer distributing free reusable bags for Earth Day 2017

Brewer holding reusable tote bag next to citizen                     NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced that her office is distributing reusable grocery bags for free this Earth Day Weekend at greenmarkets, grocery stores, and the Washington Heights Earth Day and Car-Free New York Day street event. New Yorkers throw away an average of 10 single-use bags per person every week, and the city as a… Read more

Faith-based Organizations and Real Estate Development Conference & Community Board Applicant Interview Panels Update

Faith-Based Organization Development Conference Rescheduled The Faith-Based Organization Development Conference that was cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2017. It will be at the same time (8 am – 12:30 pm) and same place 60 Wall Street, 47th Floor. If you received this email, you do not need to register again. Your seat is already reserved. We will send you another email a few… Read more

State of the Borough 2017!

Six people stand smiling with Gale Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s State of the Borough event! For anyone who missed it, will have an edited version on its website shortly. And for still photos, visit our Flickr stream. Thank you to all the organizations who participated in our first State of the Borough Activist Fair: Fight for 15 (Labor), NY Immigration Coalition (Immigration), Communities United for Police Reform (Policing), Picture the Homeless (Homelessness), … Read more

Panelists announced for 2017 State of the Borough event, including immigrant rights, tech, labor, anti-poverty leaders and Trump Survival Guide author

Brewer’s activism-focused State of the Borough will include ‘activist fair’ to connect New Yorkers with volunteer opportunities

NEW YORK – On Sunday, Feb. 12, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will hold her 2017 State of the Borough event, focusing on activism and civic involvement. As in previous years, Borough President Brewer will lead a panel of prominent individuals in a discussion on this year’s theme of activism. The panel Read more

B.P. Brewer and Manhattan Borough Board to hold public hearing on Mayor de Blasio’s proposed city budget for FY 2018

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the Manhattan Borough Board will hold a public hearing on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary city budget for the 2018 fiscal year. Section 241 of the New York City Charter tasks each Borough Board with holding at least one public hearing on the mayor’s budget proposal as it develops its response and statement of priorities. These… Read more