Under the City Charter, the Borough President can introduce legislation in partnership with a Council Member, and the bill’s list of sponsors includes the notation “by request of the Manhattan Borough President.”
Gale Brewer has more than twenty pieces of legislation since becoming Manhattan Borough President:
- Local Law 7 of 2014: Expansion of Paid Sick Time
- Local Law 9 0f 2014: Unlawful Discrimination of Interns
- Local Law 60 of 2014: Expansion of Accessible Pedestrian Signals
- Local Law 47 of 2015: Tenant Notification for Non-Emergency Repairs
- Local Law 63 of 2015: Fair Chance Act
- Local Law 70 of 2015: Requiring the department of social services to provide semiannual reports to the council regarding referrals to adult protective services
- Local Law 1 of 2016: Prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver
- Local Law 176 of 2016: Removing deed restrictions placed on city properties when they are sold or otherwise disposed of
- Local Law 105 of 2016: Foldable bicycle access in passenger elevators
- Local Law 26 of 2017: Display of street numbers
- Local Law 47 of 2017: Establishing a pilot program for reserving parking spaces in municipal parking facilities
- Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Site Safety Training
- Local Law 203 of 2017: Penalties for violations of site safety provisions of the construction codes
- Local Law 251 of 2017: Amending Open Data standards
- Local Law 286 of 2017: Minimum temperatures required to be maintained in dwellings
- Local Law 1 of 2018: Requiring a certification of no harassment prior to approval of construction documents or issuance of permits for demolition or renovation of certain buildings
- Local Law 4 of 2018: Information regarding Summer Meals
- Local Law 64 of 2018: Establishing an Affordable Housing Internet Portal
- Local Law 91 of 2018: Establishing a charter revision commission to draft a new or revised city charter
- Local Law 157 of 2019: Requiring owners to submit registration statements regarding ground floor and second floor commercial premises
She also worked successfully with CM Kallos to pass a resolution in the Council that resulted in a change to the NYS Public Officers Law, allowing 16 and 17 year olds to be appointed to New York City Community Boards.
On June 17, 2015 the Council’s General Welfare Committee held a public hearing on Int. 89 of 2014, which Gale introduced with Council Member Steve Levin. This bill would require reporting on referrals made to Adult Protective Services.
- Additional legislative efforts (3/12/2014)
- B.P. Brewer, Council Member Corey Johnson, and National Supermarket Association rally to end supermarket rent tax, save Manhattan supermarkets (11/13/2017)
- Brewer and Councilmember Chin Introduce Deed Restriction Reform Legislation to Prevent Next Rivington House (5/25/2016)
- Brewer co-sponsors bills to protect street trees, promote car-sharing (4/10/2014)
- Brewer co-sponsors four bills (2/26/2014)
- Brewer hails signing of intern protections bill (4/15/2014)
- Brewer issues Manhattan supermarket survey and Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, calls for policies to boost neighborhood supermarkets (6/13/2017)
- Brewer praises expansion of paid sick leave signed into law by Mayor de Blasio (3/20/2014)
- Brewer praises March 26 passage of intern protections bill (3/26/2014)
- Brewer to Con Ed, AG, City and State Agencies: “Manhattan’s Residents Must Have Cooking Gas” (3/30/2016)
- Brewer-Chin deed restriction reforms signed into law, will prevent repeat of Rivington House disaster (12/22/2016)
- Brewer-Mendez Tenant Notification Bill Passes Council (5/14/2015)
- Brewer, Chin file rare zoning text amendment to protect Two Bridges from out-of-scale luxury development (10/17/2017)
- Brewer, Chin officially file zoning text amendment to clarify Two Bridges rules, end abuse of “minor modification” loophole allowing out-of-scale luxury development (1/18/2018)
- Brewer, Chin: Add Deed Restrictions to Unified Land Use Review Procedure (7/20/2016)
- Brewer, Kallos, Vacca introduce OpenFOIL legislation (5/14/2014)
- Brewer, Levine, and Chin Call for Transparency in Wake of Newest Deed Restriction Revelation (5/13/2016)
- Brewer, Vacca bringing “Open Data Law 2.0” to Council hearing tomorrow (9/19/2017)
- Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel, Brooklyn B.P. Eric Adams, and Manhattan B.P. Gale A. Brewer Issue Report on Improving Police-Community Relations (9/29/2015)
- Collecting data on nutrition education in NYC schools (2/1/2019)
- Council to Pass Brewer-Rose Legislation Protecting Caregivers From Employment Discrimination in NYC (12/16/2015)
- Mayor Signs BP Brewer and Council Member Mendez Law Protecting Tenants (6/2/2015)
- Taking on a new role with the National League of Cities (12/18/2018)
- There oughta be a law: we need a database to track vacant storefronts (3/18/2019)
- WATCH: Emergency “Tax-Reform” Teach-In (12/20/2017)
Borough President Brewer’s legislative portfolio includes over 50 bills. 18 are in the process of being drafted and 33 have been introduced.
|August 13, 2015|
|Int. 0867-2015||Status: Committee
with Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Rosie Mendez, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Costa G. Constantinides, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Deborah L. Rose: Requiring written communications regarding the results of inspections from the Departments of Consumer Affairs and Health and Mental Hygiene to be in the receiving business owner’s language of choice.
|June 26, 2015|
|Int. 0837-2015||Status: Committee
with Daniel R. Garodnick, Brad S. Lander, Helen K. Rosenthal, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Rosie Mendez: Requiring the Landmarks Preservation Commission to make available a database of all items designated or under consideration for designation.
|March 11, 2015|
|Int 0722-2015||Status: Committee
with Jumaane D. Williams, Mark Levine, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Deborah L. Rose, Helen K. Rosenthal: Minimum temperatures required to be maintained in dwellings.
February 12, 2015
|Res 0573-2015||Status: Committee
with Ben Kallos, Costa G. Constantinides, Corey D. Johnson, Brad S. Lander, Margaret S. Chin, Ruben Wills, Helen K. Rosenthal: Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act (S.40/H.R.196)
January 22, 2015
|Int 0627-2015||Status: Committee
with Ben Kallos, Rosie Mendez: Securing personal information privacy.
|Int 0626-2015||Status: Committee
with Ben Kallos, Rosie Mendez: Personal information security.
October 22, 2014
|Int. 516-2014||Status: Committee
with Rosie Mendez: Establishing a pilot program for issuing warning notifications for first-time offenders of certain litter laws.
|Int. 515-2014||Status: Committee
with Rosie Mendez: Disposal of mattresses and box springs.
|August 21, 2014|
|Int. 461-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Vacca: Regarding summer meals.
July 24, 2014
|Int. 417-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Kallos: Providing public notice of film production permits.
|Int. 416-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Kallos: Requiring one-month notification to Community Boards of changes to traffic changes.
|Int. 415-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Kallos: Requiring that material on videotapes produced by City agencies is preserved.
|June 26, 2014|
|Int. 405-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Rosenthal: Allowing foldable bicycle access in passenger elevators.
|May 14, 2014|
|Int. 328-2014||Status: Laid Over in Committee
with Council Member Kallos: Creation of a centralized FOIL database.
|April 29, 2014|
|Int. 318-2014||Status: Enacted
with Council Members Williams and Torres: Prohibiting discrimination based on one’s arrest record or criminal conviction.
|April 10, 2014|
|Int. 268-2014||Status: Laid Over in Committee
with Council Member Mendez: Protecting street trees during construction activities.
|Int. 267-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Mendez: Reserving spaces in public parking facilities for car-sharing programs.
|March 26, 2014|
|Int. 223-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Mendez: Creation of an annual report to assess the City’s indigent legal representation.
|Int. 222-2014||Status: Enacted
with Council Member Mendez and Public Advocate James: Requring 72-hour prior notice to tenants for non-emergency repairs.
|Int. 220-2014||Status: Committee
with Public Advocate James, and Council Members Mendez and Chin: Requiring agency inspection and correction for multiple-unit dwellings with dangerous violations.
|Int. 219-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Mendez: Creating a bicycle safety task force.
|Int. 216-2014||Status: Enacted
with Council Member Levine: Expanding the number of accessible pedestrian signals for the vision-impaired to improve traffic safety.
|Int. 215-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Levine: Requiring biographical information regarding street and park renamings to be posted online.
|Int. 205-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Lancman: Requiring hotels to provide their housekeeping staff with silent alarms for their protection.
|March 12, 2014|
|Reso. 115-2014||Status: Adopted
with Council Member Kallos: Resolution calling upon the State Legislature and Governor to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to be appointed to NYC Community Boards. ADOPTED 6/11
|Int. 179-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Williams: Requiring buildings to display street numbers.
|Int. 173-2014||Status: Enacted
with Council Member Vacca: Prohibition of discrimination against interns.
|Int. 165-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Mendez: Regarding the use of handheld computers for enforcing parking regulations.
|Int. 164-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Mendez: Extending J-51 benefits to owners of multiple dwellings for green roofs.
|Int. 163-2014||Status: Laid Over in Committee
with Council Member Mendez: To require a lease-signing information checklist for tenants.
|Int. 152-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Lander: Harassment protection during building conversions.
|Int. 151-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Lander: To establish minimum neighborhood service standards and require environmental mitigation reports on certain large-scale developments.
|Int. 150-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Lander: Amending the City Charter to allow instant run-off voting.
|February 26, 2014|
|Int. 108-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Rose: A bill to prohibit employment discrimination based on an individual’s status as a caregiver.
|Int. 97-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Mendez: A bill to protect student pedestrians by installing warning systems near schools that are close to parking garages, placing a stop sign at the garage exit, and placing a sign alerting drivers to the presence of students in the area.
|Int. 89-2014||Status: Enacted
with Council Member Levin: A bill to require the Department of Social Services to provide semiannual reports to the Council regarding referrals to adult protective services.
|Int. 72-2014||Status: Committee
with Council Member Johnson: A bill to require the Department of Health to post information online about mobile and temporary food vendors, including the numbers of permits and borough-specific licenses.
|January 22, 2014|
|Int. 1-2014||Status: Enacted
the expansion of Paid Sick Leave.