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

Additional legislative efforts

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer on March 12 co-sponsored additional legislation in the City Council: Int. 150-2014 – with Council Member Lander: Amending the City Charter to allow instant run-off voting. Int. 151-2014 – with Council Member Lander: To establish minimum neighborhood service standards and require environmental mitigation reports on certain large-scale developments. Int. 152-2014 – with Council Member Lander: Harassment protection during building conversions. Int. 163-2014 – with… Read more

Brewer criticizes Albany proposal on charter schools

Gale speaking at a rally criticizing Albany proposal on charter schools Last I checked, the Mayor was still in charge of New York City Public Schools. It would be a mistake for Albany to disregard its own laws by forcing the City to provide public space for all charters or else require the DOE to pay charter rent for private space.  Our City doesn’t benefit from Albany’s meddling; it can only breed resentment and the vast majority of New Yorkers will… Read more

Brewer co-sponsors four bills

Pressing forward with an active legislative agenda, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer on Feb. 26 co-sponsored four pieces of legislation in the City Council. All were reintroductions from her time in the Council. Int. 89-2014 – 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. 108-2014 – with Council Member Rose: … Read more

TESTIMONY: Webcasting Technology

Testimony at the New York City Council Committee on Technology Hearing on the Implementation of Local Law 103 of 2013 Requiring that All Public Meetings Be Webcast February 24, 2014 Good morning, my name is Gale A. Brewer and I am the Borough President of Manhattan. Prior to being elected Borough President, I served for twelve years in the City Council, including eight years as the Chair of this wonderful… Read more

2014 Community-Scale Composting Grant

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), and Citizens Committee for New York City invite you to apply for a grant to start, expand, and grow composting programs. Eligibility Requirements:
  • Completed proposal submitted by March 28, 2014
  • Community association, community garden, friends of park group, housing development group, nonprofit, school, college/university, hospital, or private business
  • Group must have permission to start or expand this
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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