Category: News from Gale Brewer
Youth represent the future of New York City. To ensure that this city continues to flourish, there must be adequate funding to support programs and services that invest in our youth through improving public schools, after-school and summer programs and summer meal programs. We need funding to be directed towards our educators and social workers that provide supplementary assistance to young people in the foster care system.
To promote civic… Read more
The New York City Department of Education serves over 700,000 free meals to children every day during the school year. These meals, which include breakfast and lunch, are vital to families struggling to keep their children fed and healthy. But what happens when school lets out for the summer?
We’re excited to add new sites on the Upper East Side and Washington Heights to our Fresh Food for Seniors program this year, in addition to the neighborhoods from Northern Manhattan to the West Village to Roosevelt Island. Here’s how it works: seniors can place an order for $8 a week in advance, and pick up a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables (worth at least $15) the following week.… Read more
June is the start of the unofficial “parade season” and I enjoy walking as much of each parade route as possible—and I always want to march with friends! Please join me at this month’s parades...
This year’s slate of Manhattan’s 12 Community Board appointments include 89 new members–four of them teens–among the 320 total appointees (from a totel of 651 applicants). Following this latest round of appointments, 93 percent of all appointees now live in the district in which they are appointed. See the complete list of Manhattan Community Board members and appointees (by term) here.
If you’ve followed the process at all, you know… Read more
The 2019 Charter Revision Commission released a preliminary staff report on proposed changes to the Charter in four areas: elections, governance, finance, and land use. You can see the proposed changes here.
Over the next few weeks, the commission will hold borough hearings on these draft proposals. The first, in Queens, was held April 30th. Here are details for the upcoming hearings:
Thursday, May 2: Brooklyn
Brooklyn Borough Hall,… Read more
The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to create a “busway”—or what DOT is now calling a “Transit-Truck Priority” project—on 14th Street between 3rd and 9th Avenues beginning in June for an 18 month pilot.
This means buses and delivery vehicles will be given priority over private and for-hire vehicles during most of the day, with the exact hours still to be determined by transportation officials. Private cars that… Read more
The 2019 Charter Revision Commission—which will recommend proposals to be placed on the November ballot—has completed a series of “expert forums” on four topic areas it will focus on. Having narrowed focus after hearing from experts and the public (at hearings last fall), the commission will now draw up specific proposals in these four areas, and hold hearings on them in each of the five boroughs on those drafts later this spring.
The state budget just passed in Albany includes two measures which will provide desperately needed funding to the MTA…
Congestion pricing. A congestion pricing plan—the first in the nation—will impose a fee on most vehicles when they enter Manhattan south of 61st Street, with revenues to be directed mostly to the MTA. I’ve supported congestion pricing as a way to reduce the clog of traffic in the business district and… Read more
The federal WIC program (“Women Infants Children”) for low-income parents is moving into the digital age. A new system called eWIC will make it easier for participants to redeem benefits and for retailers to get paid by the government.
Retailers must obtain new EBT (eWIC) machines and complete training for the new system by April 30. Staff in my office, in partnership with the New York State Department of Health,… Read more