Brewer hails signing of intern protections bill

Mayor de Blasio and Gale smiling with interns First introduced by Brewer, law extends City’s Human Rights Law to protect interns from harassment In more than 30 years of public service, I have sponsored over 1,000 interns in my career and they work as hard as many full-time employees I’ve seen. Interns deserve equal protection under the law, and this legislation does just that, extending the City’s Human Rights Law to include unpaid interns. I’m delighted that the… Read more

BP Brewer, Comptroller Stringer reach agreement with de Blasio administration for West 95th Street homeless shelter

Agree to examine long-term changes to City’s homeless policy Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on April 14 announced an agreement with New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Gilbert Taylor to reduce by half the number of families at Freedom House, a homeless shelter for adult families on West… Read more

Brewer co-sponsors bills to protect street trees, promote car-sharing

Part of aggressive legislative agenda. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer on April 10 co-sponsored bills to protect street trees from construction (Int. 268-2014) and reserve spaces in public parking facilities for car-sharing programs (Int. 267-2014) – part of an aggressive legislative agenda since taking borough-wide office. The two bills introduced today were co-sponsored with Council Member Rosie Mendez and were re-introductions of legislation Brewer first… Read more

SCRIE eligibility expansion will help thousands more NYC seniors

I support Councilmember Margaret Chin’s bill (Intro 243) to increase the eligibility cap for SCRIE eligibility from $29,000 to $50,000, and I’m grateful for the efforts of Manhattan Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh for his tireless efforts in getting this passed in Albany, and for Gov. Cuomo in agreeing to have the state pay for the first two years of newly-eligible seniors. The SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) Program will… Read more

Brewer, leading preservationists call for reforms to landmarking process

As Rizzoli Bookstore prepares to close and the fate of its building unknown, Brewer calls for preservation of remaining “icons from another era.” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and representatives from the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Historic Districts Council called April 4 for reforms to the landmarking process on the heels of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) refusing to consider landmark status for the Rizzoli building at 31… Read more

Brewer praises March 26 passage of intern protections bill

Unpaid interns deserve protections against harassment, which is why I am proud to have co-sponsored today’s City Council bill to unsure they enjoy the full protection of the New York City Human Rights Law. In more than 30 years of public service, I have had over 1,000 interns. They have been invaluable – and we should value them in turn. Background: BP Brewer first introduced the interns protection bill in… Read more

Borough Board budget priorities

Education, housing, and transportation are the top three budget priorities according to a Manhattan Borough Board survey – with responses from all 12 Community Boards and nearly every zip code in Manhattan. “As the City sets its FY 2015 budget, Manhattan residents surveyed expressed deep concern over the City’s looming budget challenges – not least of which are preparing our schoolchildren for the 21st century economy, ensuring there is enough… Read more

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, March 20

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 8:30 A.M. in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. — and the meeting will include a public hearing on the board’s statement on borough budget priorities. The Borough Board the will hold two votes: (1) On the Borough Board’s statement on borough budget priorities; and (2) on a resolution supporting Int.… 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

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