Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus

Map of NYC areas that are planned to be sprayed for pesticides To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity and have high mosquito populations. Neighborhoods
Parts of Central Park,… Read more

Public Hearing on Manhattan Traffic Congestion, September 17, 2015

While the City is currently conducting an extensive study of the effects of for-hire vehicles (such as Uber) on city traffic, we all know that traffic congestion occurs for many reasons– and so there are many possible solutions. Under the NY City Charter, Borough Presidents are empowered to conduct public hearings on matters of public interest. BP Gale A. Brewer’s first hearing will be conducted on the topic of traffic… Read more

School Crossing Guard Positions Open Across Manhattan

B.P. Brewer: apply to be a crossing guard and keep our kids safe With the New York City school year starting Wednesday, September 9, Manhattan Borough President announced today that the Police Department is accepting applications for school crossing guard positions across Manhattan and the city as a whole. Earlier this year, the City allocated $1.14 million in additional funds from the City budget to hire 80 new crossing guards… Read more

Statement on Women’s Equality Day

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in recognition of Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment while calling attention to women’s continuing struggle for equal pay and equal opportunity and the improved quality of life that comes from justice and fair treatment for all Americans. “And… Read more

Statement on Times Square Plaza and Future Uses

“I was proud to help fund the new TKTS booth and grandstand in Duffy Square and to stand with Mayor Bloomberg and his Transportation Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan at the opening of the plaza. Since then, like many New Yorkers who contributed in ways large and small to the revival of Times Square, I have crossed the plaza en route to meetings or performances, sat in the chairs to take in… Read more

Statement on the Gas Explosion at JFK High School

Little-known fact: Marble Hill– while technically across the Harlem River and connected to the Bronx– is legally considered part of Manhattan. As Manhattan’s Borough President, I hope for the speedy recovery of the workers who were injured in last night’s gas explosion at JFK High School in Marble Hill. Inspections will decide whether the building is safe to resume classes. We will keep all informed as to any possible re-locations.… Read more

Brewer Forces Council Review of Chelsea Development Missing Affordable Housing

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer invoked the little-used “triple no” provision of the City Charter to force a City Council vote on a controversial special permit application for a development project at 42 West 18th Street in Chelsea. Immediately following the City Planning Commission’s narrow approval of the application at a meeting this morning, Brewer sent a formal letter of objection (below) to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City… Read more

Statement on Amalgamated Bank’s Adoption of $15 Minimum Wage

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on Amalgamated Bank’s decision to institute a company-wide $15 minimum wage: “I congratulate Amalgamated Bank for instituting a company-wide $15 minimum wage. This is what leadership looks like, and every bank operating in New York should follow Amalgamated’s example. “Large employers with workforces so underpaid they rely on public assistance is a story we hear all too often in connection… Read more

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