Category: News from Gale Brewer

B.P. Brewer Hosts African Consuls Generals

Brewer stands next to African Consuls Generals I was so pleased to host a meeting with the African Consul Generals at my office on Thursday, July 6. Helping the African immigrant community in Northern Manhattan has long been a priority of mine. In 2014, I established the African Immigrant Task Force, which meets regularly. There, I am able to hear the cares and concerns of these populations — and then address solutions with leaders from these same… Read more

Brewer announces return of Fresh Food for Seniors Program for 2017

Seniors can buy fresh, locally-grown produce for just $8 per bag at senior centers, other participating sites Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November. The program makes bags of fresh, locally-grown produce available for purchase bimonthly at participating senior centers and buildings in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods. “Access to fresh food, and especially fresh… Read more

B.P. Brewer hosts Iftar Celebration for Ramadan

Muslim community board members stand My office held its annual Iftar Dinner this past Tuesday, June 20, at my downtown office, where we broke fast with our Muslim neighbors, and celebrated local Community Board leaders. We were joined by Aisha Bah of the International High School at Union Square, who recited the Qur’an, and called to prayer by the imam of the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan, Sheikh Ahmed Dewidar. I was pleased to honor… Read more

Brewer promotes free summer meals for kids with Friday Day of Action

Manhattan B.P. to greet commuters and deploy staff, volunteers to 82 schools with detailed flyers on how, when, and where to get free summer meals for kids On Friday, June 16, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will lead a borough-wide Day of Action to provide parents and children with detailed information about free meals available this summer through New York City’s Summer Meals Program. Brewer will personally greet commuters… Read more

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