Tell the Charter Revision Commission how you think city government can improve

The 2019 Charter Revision Commission is holding its first slate of public hearings in each borough! The Commission was created to give the city government’s ground rules a full inspection and tuneup, with no preset political agenda and plenty of input from experts and the public. This first round of public hearings will help identify issues that are worth a closer look — so all New Yorkers should attend if… Read more

Manhattan Hearing: 2019 Charter Revision Commission

text of "Join us!" How can city government work better for Manhattan? The NYC Charter is the city’s constitution and sets out how the city makes decisions. It’s an important document, but it hasn’t had a serious review in 30 years — so it’s due for a major overhaul. If you or your organization have ideas about what needs changing, start writing testimony now and plan to attend on Wednesday — the first hearing… Read more

Cultural leaders honored at Borough President’s reception to kick off the African American Day Parade

I recognized 23 cultural leaders in Manhattan’s African American community at a September 14 reception at the Schomburg Center in Harlem to kick off the annual African American Day Parade. All of the honorees are creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and community advocates who have shaped arts and culture across the borough for many years. Some, like Teresa McKinney, Ade Williams, Anna Glass and Anthony McGill are part of venerable institutions: the… Read more

Council’s Charter Revision Commission begins public hearings

That’s right, there’s another Charter Revision Commission at work, resulting from a local law co-sponsored by myself, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Public Advocate Tish James (introduced before the Mayor’s proposal even surfaced). This version will spend a full year examining all aspects of the City Charter and will propose changes on the 2019 ballot. Our logic in proposing a fresh look at the city’s main governing document was that… Read more

Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission proposes drastic changes to community boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is—because community boards are neighborhoods’ early-warning system and advocate during high-stakes land use… Read more

Students across the city return to school

The beginning of September means back to school for more than 177,000 students in 301 public schools across Manhattan. I was out bright and early this morning in front of P.S. 36 in Morningside Heights greeting students and their parents and handing out copies of my Manhattan Public School Help Guide, which lists the contact information for NYC Department of Education staff and the parent-run Community Education Councils (CECs). Each… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors relaunches in Northern Manhattan

Since 2012, I have partnered with GrowNYC, government agencies, nonprofits, and colleagues in the City Council to make fresh, healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables available to seniors in a growing number of Manhattan neighborhoods, from the West Village to Roosevelt Island. Starting Sept. 4, I’m pleased to relaunch our program in northern Manhattan. For just $8, seniors can bring home a bag with $15 or more worth of fresh produce!… Read more

Brewer and all Manhattan Council Members: It’s time to close zoning loopholes

The Zoning Resolution is supposed to set ground rules on what can be built where, to preserve light and air, create predictability, prevent development from overwhelming our infrastructure, and establish neighborhood context. But all across Manhattan, communities are seeing a new breed developments that exploit loopholes in the Zoning Resolution to achieve higher building heights that don’t fit in the context of the communities around them, without providing any extra… Read more

Letter to MTA: Don’t slash Manhattan Select Bus plans

Earlier this month, my office discovered details in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget document indicating it plans to slash promised expansions of Select Bus Service in Manhattan, pushing back the improvements to 96th Street crosstown service and other lines through at least 2021. The Wall Street Journal also unearthed these details and reported on them, and around the same time I sent a letter to Andy Byford, president of MTA-New… Read more

Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island BPs to Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission: Don’t Weaken Community Boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is — because community boards are neighborhoods’ 2018-08-21 – LettertoCharterRevisionCommissionChairPeralesearly-warning system and advocate… Read more