Category: Press Releases

Statement upon the 42nd Anniversary of the Passage of Roe v. Wade

“After 42 years, we are still fighting a war for a woman’s right to choose on all fronts. We can’t overlook the achievements we’ve won — but there’s an enormous amount left to do, and it’s our obligation at every level of government to defend every woman’s right to choose. “Congress is poised to pass legislation that would tax and punish women for daring to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to… Read more

Statement upon the Wake and Funeral of NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu

NEW YORK — Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement as the wake for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu was to begin today in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn: “Wenjian Liu’s story begins like many great New Yorkers’ stories: immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of 12, he built a life and chose a career serving his fellow New Yorkers as a police officer. Our entire… Read more

Statement upon the Wake and Funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

NEW YORK — Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement as the wake for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos was to begin this afternoon in Glendale, Queens: “New York City’s greatness is sustained by officers like Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — fathers and sons, brothers and friends just like the rest of us, but with the important difference that they face all kinds of unknown dangers every… Read more

Statement on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s withdrawal of decalendaring proposal

“I’m delighted that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided to delay implementation of its plan to drop almost 100 items from landmarks consideration. “Everyone can agree that the LPC backlog is large and significant, but the abrupt announcement and lack of transparency by the LPC in this instance was disturbing. “We need a proper public hearing on proposed decalendaring of items older than five years, and I will introduce such… Read more

Statement on the Staten Island Grand Jury decision in the death of Eric Garner

“The Staten Island Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner is a decision that I disagree with, but will respect. “This is yet another instance where the outcome is utterly, tragically out of proportion to the offense– in this case, for selling loose cigarettes on a commercial strip on Staten Island. “As I said after the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision, we… Read more

Statement on the death of Herman Badillo

“Herman Badillo was a friend who embodied all that New York City represents. A trailblazer who achieved much, he became the first Puerto Rican Member of Congress, the Bronx Borough President, a Deputy Mayor, and a CUNY Trustee. His persistence, his dedication and his independence inspired many, and he will be missed.”… Read more

Statement on President Obama’s executive action on immigration

On November 20, President Obama announced a plan to suspend deportations for some 3.7 million undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for at least five years and have children who are legal citizens or permanent residents. If these individuals pass a background check and pay an administrative fee, they will be allowed to apply for work permits valid for three years, after which they must reapply for… Read more

We’re Prepared

informational flyer about ebola With the first case of Ebola diagnosed in New York City yesterday, it is easy to let fear take hold. The reality is that Ebola is less contagious than Measles or SARS, and can only be caught through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick. New York City has been preparing for months to keep New Yorkers safe from this outbreak, and we’re tough. We’ll get… Read more