Category: Press Releases

Brewer statement on free airport wi-fi

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer stated the following June 25 on the Port Authority’s vote approving an agreement for 30 minutes of free wireless internet at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark airports: “Today the Port Authority has taken a great first step in bringing our New York-area airports into the 21st Century. I passed a resolution in the NYC Council in 2013 calling for this action, and recently sent a… Read more

Brewer column in City & State on need for a monument to 9/11 Survivors and Responders

“The opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a clear sign that the nation has not forgotten the events of that horrible day now almost 13 years ago. Throughout the country, too, there are memorials to those that were killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, created by states, cities, towns and volunteers to ensure that future generations remember what… Read more

Brewer on news that the New York Public Library is abandoning its expansion and renovation plans

It always takes courage to change your mind. I applaud the Board and leadership of the NYPL for listening to the public and changing course on their plan to close the Mid-Manhattan Branch. We look forward to working with the NYPL and community partners to achieve our shared goal of providing the best possible experience, within a limited budget, to all library users.… Read more

Brewer on Mayor’s housing plan

The shortage in affordable housing in this city has become a crisis, and I commend Mayor de Blasio for beginning to address this issue in a comprehensive way. In particular, his proposal to double the HPD budget would provide necessary resources, and his call for mandatory inclusionary housing would ensure there are units available for various income levels in all neighborhoods. The Mayor also proposes a respectful and neighborhood-focused approach… Read more

Brewer statement on Earth Day

Earth Day is an opportunity for all New Yorkers to renew our commitment to protecting the planet – and key ways we can do that are by reducing the amount of waste our City produces and processes, as well as ensuring that new buildings are more energy efficient. In addition to co-sponsoring electronic waste recycling events, my office is working with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Health… Read more

Brewer praises expansion of paid sick leave signed into law by Mayor de Blasio

This is a great day for New York, because expanding paid sick leave makes for a healthier city. Since laws are only effective if those they govern understand their rights and responsibilities, I look forward to an active role in educating both workers and employers. A successful roll-out will require broad community outreach to implement the best practices that have worked in cities that have already enacted paid sick leave.… Read more

Brewer statement on the Vision Zero Action Plan

I’m glad that the Mayor has so quickly put a plan together to achieve Vision Zero. In Manhattan, we started an outreach process already, working with each of the 12 Community Boards to identify known traffic hotspots and recommend remedies for DOT to implement. Any safety programs going forward must also include audible, accessible pedestrian signals– which, I’m proud to say, is mandated by a law I wrote.… Read more

Brewer praises move to make ballots easier to read

I commend the decision by the NYC Board of Elections to limit the number of languages on ballots to three. This will allow for a more readable ballot for all New Yorkers, while preserving language options for voters who prefer a non-English ballot. While this does not diminish the need to pass comprehensive ballot redesign at the State level, the NYC Board of Elections should be congratulated for their work… Read more

Brewer statement on the Mayor’s State of the City Address

Paid sick leave means better workers, healthier workplaces, and a shift to preventative instead of costly emergency health care – and the Mayor is right in seeking to expand it to more workers. I also applaud the Mayor’s jobs plan to expand science, technology, engineering, math, and health-care education at City high schools and CUNY – and connect every high school with a specific, in-demand industry. After all, children who… Read more