Borough President Unveils Legislative Package to Clarify and Improve the City’s Landmarks Process

NEW YORK –Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a legislative package to improve New York City’s landmarks review and preservation process, to be introduced in partnership with Councilmembers Dan Garodnick, Brad Lander, and Stephen Levin. “This month we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “What better time to add more transparency and predictability to the… Read more

Statement on the Death of Victor Gotbaum

“Victor Gotbaum was truly a larger-than-life figure – a leader who helped see our city through one of its toughest times and a visionary who knew that organized labor had a moral and not just an economic mission. Victor was a great New Yorker, and my thoughts are with Betsy, Noah, and the entire Gotbaum family.”… Read more

Borough President and 26 Manhattan Elected Officials Urge Changes to Mayor’s Zoning Proposal

Download the letter: PDF NEW YORK, NY – Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer and 26 other Manhattan elected officials– Members of Congress, State Senators, State Assembly Members, City Council Members– sent a letter to Carl Weisbrod, Chair of the City Planning Commission, calling for changes to the zoning text amendment which the de Blasio Administration has proposed to expand development in the City, including reforms to the city’s inclusionary… Read more

New MBPO Small Business Report Presents Ideas to Help Manhattan’s Storefronters

Small businesses are the economic heart of New York City, especially the street-level retail stores and restaurants that keep things running 24/7 and provide the everyday necessities and comforts New Yorkers rely on. But with high rents, corporate competition, and real estate development, these businesses—what we call “storefronters”—are facing serious challenges over and above the ones small businesses typically grapple with. To help more small businesses succeed and thrive, the… Read more

Statement on the FCC’s Decision to Approve Net Neutrality Rules

“Tom Wheeler, take a bow. Yesterday’s net neutrality decision is a huge step that will ensure the internet remains open and accessible for all. Stopping paid prioritization agreements and unreasonable blocking or throttling is essential to a free and open internet. “With these reasonable regulations in place, the internet can remain an innovative ecosystem for investment and economic development, while protecting consumers and content companies from unfair practices. “President Barack Read more

Virtual Town Hall: 2015 Borough Budget Priorities Survey

Each year, the Manhattan Borough President requests input and recommendations from the public regarding the needs of the borough, to be included in the annual Borough Budget Priorities Report. This year, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is holding a “virtual town hall” to find out which issues are of most concern to borough residents. Fill out this short survey by March 17th at 5pm to help create a report… Read more

Statement on Custom Computer Specialists Contract under Consideration by NYC Panel for Educational Policy (PEP)

“Going forward, there must be a better procurement process for technology in city government — one which is fully transparent and allows significant public scrutiny. “One month for RFPs and one WEEK for PEP review is just mind-boggling. “While the cost of the contract has come down during that period between RFP and final contract, luckily, we don’t fully know the details of how and why the costs are reduced.… Read more

Borough President Stands with NYC Tour Guides and Condemns Tour Bus Operator’s Layoff Threat

Photos Available: NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined licensed New York City tour guides affiliated with the Guides Association of New York City and Transport Workers Union Local 225 on the steps of City Hall today for a rally supporting live tour bus guides and opposing the Gray Line tour bus operator’s scare tactics in contract negotiations. In February, the Daily News reported on a… Read more

Celebrate Black History Month!

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer invites you to celebrate Black History Month with a networking reception honoring six African American leaders in Manhattan’s technology community: CLAYTON BANKS, Silicon Harlem
KATHRYN FINNEY, digitalundivided
BRUCE LINCOLN, Silicon Harlem
JENNA WORTHAM, New York Times 6-8pm on Thursday, February 26 at MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street. Space is limited. RSVP below… Read more

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