Statement on the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Decision

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision announced today in Obergefell v. Hodges: “Four years ago, New Yorkers and Americans across the country celebrated our state’s seemingly-impossible achievement in enacting marriage equality. Just four years later, we are celebrating a civil rights victory guaranteeing equal rights for same-sex couples across the country. “Congratulations to the committed LGBT advocates and activists who have… Read more

Statement on Addition of South Street Seaport to National List of Endangered Historic Places

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the addition of the South Street Seaport to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list: “The National Trust’s designation only confirms what we in Manhattan already know: the Seaport area is at risk — and very much worth preserving. “In many ways, the Seaport is where New York City’s economic development began,… Read more

Brewer Announces $30 Million in Manhattan Capital Grant Awards for 2015

BP will fund investments in 92 schools, 9 CUNY and SUNY campuses, 16 public parks, and more Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced her office’s Fiscal Year 2016 capital grant awardees. The grants will be included in the final Fiscal Year 2016 city budget, whose adoption by the City Council is expected later this month. “Capital grants give us the opportunity to both fix nagging problems and invest… Read more

Stonewall Inn Designated a City Landmark!

Happy Pride Month! As cities across the world celebrate the 46th Anniversary the birth of the LGBT rights movement, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has now ensured that the place where it all began is written into history. Today, the LPC voted unanimously to make the Stonewall Inn a landmark – the first LGBT landmark in New York City! The Stonewall Inn has a unique place in the history of… Read more

Statement on Threat of Mass Forced Deportations in Dominican Republic

“The Dominican Republic government has threatened a large-scale program of forced deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants. This is an outrage. “The Dominican government is starting down a road paved with fear, mistrust, and racism that leads only to injustice and suffering. My heart is with New York’s Haitian community and with the many Dominican New Yorkers protesting this destructive path. New York’s immigrant heritage shows only… Read more

Statement on Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston, S.C.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the tragedy in Charleston, S.C., which claimed nine lives last night: “With the rest of the nation, I mourn the tragedy that occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday. As we learn the horrific details of this latest shooting spree, it seems clear that this was a crime of hate. “The deranged racism of… Read more

Brewer Announces $6 Million for Tech in 57 Manhattan Public Schools

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of capital grant awards promoting the use of technology and technology instruction in Manhattan’s public schools. The grants will be included in the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016, whose adoption is expected later this month. “There is no better investment than in modern tools and technology for the classroom, because they help prepare our kids for… Read more

Statement on the Enactment of Net Neutrality Rules

“Today, after years of debate and millions of public comments, net neutrality rules officially go into effect. This is a big deal in the battle to ensure a free and open internet for all. However, the fight is not over as litigation from telecom companies remains pending. As I have been saying for years, reasonable regulation is necessary to make sure the internet remains an innovative ecosystem for investment and… Read more

Free Summer Meals Program for New York City Children Begins Its 2015 Season

The New York City Department of Education serves over 700,000 free meals to children every day during the school year. These meals, which include breakfast and lunch, are vital to families struggling to keep their children fed and healthy. But what happens when school lets out for the summer? Many eligible families don’t know about the federally funded Summer Meals Program offered across the city. This crucial resource provides free,… Read more

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