Category: Press Releases

Statement by DSNY regarding Organics Collection

To: Borough Presidents, Council Members, Community Boards: A newspaper article reported that over the last few days the organic material collected in the Department of Sanitation curbside organics collection program is being sent to landfill as a result of the closure of the Peninsula compost facility in Delaware. The article is not correct. To be clear, residential Brown Bin material is being composted and will continue to be composted. The… Read more

Statement on Legal Win Protecting P.S. 163 From Construction

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement Wednesday, after the announcement of a state court’s decision granting the community’s Article 78 petition and blocking construction of a new Jewish Home Lifecare facility next to the school. “This is a win for P.S. 163’s students: under the plan that was approved, a huge, high-rise project could have choked and deafened a high-performing school with dust and noise. Judge… Read more

Statement on Pier 40 Development Proposal

“This is a first-of-its-kind project — the first Mandatory Inclusionary Housing development in Manhattan, the first to use air rights from the Hudson River Park — and it’s subject to a full land-use review, as I and others insisted upon last year. “Unfortunately, outreach to the community from both the administration and the developers has been sorely lacking. As part of the uniform land use review procedure, I look forward… Read more

Statement on City Council Landmarks Legislation

Yesterday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer offered testimony at a hearing of the New York City Council Land Use Committee, raising her deep concerns about the current version of Int. 775. In its current form, the legislation sets up hard deadlines for the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s consideration of items on its calendar, and would ban any and all items not designated within the set time frame from reconsideration for… Read more

Statement on Women’s Equality Day

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in recognition of Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment while calling attention to women’s continuing struggle for equal pay and equal opportunity and the improved quality of life that comes from justice and fair treatment for all Americans. “And… Read more

Statement on Times Square Plaza and Future Uses

“I was proud to help fund the new TKTS booth and grandstand in Duffy Square and to stand with Mayor Bloomberg and his Transportation Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan at the opening of the plaza. Since then, like many New Yorkers who contributed in ways large and small to the revival of Times Square, I have crossed the plaza en route to meetings or performances, sat in the chairs to take in… Read more

Statement on the Gas Explosion at JFK High School

Little-known fact: Marble Hill– while technically across the Harlem River and connected to the Bronx– is legally considered part of Manhattan. As Manhattan’s Borough President, I hope for the speedy recovery of the workers who were injured in last night’s gas explosion at JFK High School in Marble Hill. Inspections will decide whether the building is safe to resume classes. We will keep all informed as to any possible re-locations.… Read more

Statement on Amalgamated Bank’s Adoption of $15 Minimum Wage

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on Amalgamated Bank’s decision to institute a company-wide $15 minimum wage: “I congratulate Amalgamated Bank for instituting a company-wide $15 minimum wage. This is what leadership looks like, and every bank operating in New York should follow Amalgamated’s example. “Large employers with workforces so underpaid they rely on public assistance is a story we hear all too often in connection… Read more

Joint Statement on Leadership of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblymember Sheldon Silver, and Councilmember Margaret Chin issued the following joint statement on the leadership of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy: “Tessa Huxley’s work for parks in the Battery Park City community has been exemplary, and it is through her leadership that Battery Park City is such a beautiful community. “We are… Read more