Category: Press Releases

Statement on Energy Conservation During Extreme Summer Weather

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on energy conservation during this week’s extreme summer heat: “Mayor de Blasio was absolutely right to note the importance of energy conservation and suggest New Yorkers refrain from running their air conditioners at the coolest possible temperature. We must all work together to reduce the risk of blackout and brownout conditions. “However, raising the thermostat is only the beginning. Throughout… Read more

Brewer Thanks Mayor for Announcing Friday’s Ticker Tape Parade for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement this evening, following Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that New York City will honor the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team with a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan: “This team will turn the Canyon of Heroes into the Canyon of Heroines. It will be a history-making parade for a history-making group of athletes. “With an emphatic victory that captivated a record-breaking… Read more

Brewer Calls for Ticker Tape Parade for Victorious U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today asked Mayor de Blasio to authorize a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan to honor the U.S. Women’s National Team, who won the 2015 FIFA World Cup yesterday. In a letter addressed to the mayor, Brewer wrote: “New York has a strong history of honoring sports teams in the Canyon of Heroes, but has never held a… Read more

Statement on the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Decision

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision announced today in Obergefell v. Hodges: “Four years ago, New Yorkers and Americans across the country celebrated our state’s seemingly-impossible achievement in enacting marriage equality. Just four years later, we are celebrating a civil rights victory guaranteeing equal rights for same-sex couples across the country. “Congratulations to the committed LGBT advocates and activists who have… Read more

Statement on Addition of South Street Seaport to National List of Endangered Historic Places

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the addition of the South Street Seaport to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list: “The National Trust’s designation only confirms what we in Manhattan already know: the Seaport area is at risk — and very much worth preserving. “In many ways, the Seaport is where New York City’s economic development began,… Read more

Stonewall Inn Designated a City Landmark!

Happy Pride Month! As cities across the world celebrate the 46th Anniversary the birth of the LGBT rights movement, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has now ensured that the place where it all began is written into history. Today, the LPC voted unanimously to make the Stonewall Inn a landmark – the first LGBT landmark in New York City! The Stonewall Inn has a unique place in the history of… Read more

Statement on Threat of Mass Forced Deportations in Dominican Republic

“The Dominican Republic government has threatened a large-scale program of forced deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants. This is an outrage. “The Dominican government is starting down a road paved with fear, mistrust, and racism that leads only to injustice and suffering. My heart is with New York’s Haitian community and with the many Dominican New Yorkers protesting this destructive path. New York’s immigrant heritage shows only… Read more

Statement on Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston, S.C.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the tragedy in Charleston, S.C., which claimed nine lives last night: “With the rest of the nation, I mourn the tragedy that occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday. As we learn the horrific details of this latest shooting spree, it seems clear that this was a crime of hate. “The deranged racism of… Read more

Statement on the Enactment of Net Neutrality Rules

“Today, after years of debate and millions of public comments, net neutrality rules officially go into effect. This is a big deal in the battle to ensure a free and open internet for all. However, the fight is not over as litigation from telecom companies remains pending. As I have been saying for years, reasonable regulation is necessary to make sure the internet remains an innovative ecosystem for investment and… Read more

Borough President Brewer, Council Member Chin Respond to Seaport Developer Plan ‘Significantly Revise’ Seaport Tower Development

NEW YORK — Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and City Council Member Margaret Chin (D-1) responded today to a letter from David R. Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio on their effort to build a mixed use tower on the site of the Fulton Fish Market’s New Market Building adjacent to Pier 17, the South Street Seaport commercial development they are… Read more