Brewer Swaps Conventional Speech for Panel Discussion on the Future of Manhattan at Her First “State of the Borough”

Talk show format with community leaders and experts; live cable broadcast and integrated Twitter and Vine components included those outside the auditorium NEW YORK – Yesterday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer hosted her 2015 State of the Borough forum at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall in Morningside Heights. The event eschewed the format of a conventional political address for a collaborative, bottom-up aesthetic. Following introductory remarks by U.S. Senator Charles… Read more

You’re Invited! Manhattan State of the Borough is February 8, 2015

Stat of the Borough 2015 flyer   With her first State of the Borough event for the public, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is foregoing the traditional address format to instead hold an interactive community conversation on residents’ most pressing concerns and the initiatives the MBPO is working on to address them. Borough President Brewer will welcome to the stage four Manhattan thought leaders to talk candidly about affordable housing, education, technology, development in the… Read more

Statement on Department of Housing Preservation and Development Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodation to Religiously Observant Family Targeted For “Downsizing”

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s failure to provide reasonable accommodation to religiously observant families with Enhanced Housing Choice Vouchers (“sticky vouchers”) targeted for “downsizing.” Earlier today, Brewer transmitted a statement in support of one such family’s appeal directly to HPD. “It is simply ghastly that an agency of the City of… Read more

Statement on Affordable Housing Announcements in Mayor Bill De Blasio’s State of the City Address

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in response to the affordable housing announcements in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address, delivered earlier today at CUNY Baruch College in Manhattan: “I congratulate Mayor de Blasio on his commitment to building affordable housing and the success he has had so far. His ambitious Mandatory Inclusionary Housing initiative will certainly have an impact… Read more

B.P. Brewer Issues Conditional Approval of Application for New Tower at One Vanderbilt Avenue in Formal Land-Use Review Process

Brewer announces agreement with developer on additional public benefits to be incorporated in plan NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced her office has issued an opinion conditionally approving an application for zoning text amendments in connection with a proposed tower to be constructed at One Vanderbilt Avenue, across the street from Grand Central Terminal in the heart of East Midtown. This opinion was issued as… Read more

NOTICE: Community-Police Forum in Northern Manhattan Postponed Due to Winter Storm

Due to inclement weather, the forum originally scheduled for Monday, January 28 has been rescheduled to Monday, February 2 and 6:00pm. On Monday, February 2, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will host a dialogue on community-police relations at the Alianza Dominicana Triangle Building in Washington Heights. The event will bring members of the public, law enforcement officers, and community leaders from all walks of life together for moderated small-group… Read more

Statement upon the 42nd Anniversary of the Passage of Roe v. Wade

“After 42 years, we are still fighting a war for a woman’s right to choose on all fronts. We can’t overlook the achievements we’ve won — but there’s an enormous amount left to do, and it’s our obligation at every level of government to defend every woman’s right to choose. “Congress is poised to pass legislation that would tax and punish women for daring to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to… Read more

NYPD Chief O’Neill Joins BP Brewer’s Community-Police Forum

Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and Catholic Charities’ Monsignor Kevin Sullivan also scheduled at event bringing together police and community to improve relations. NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today that NYPD Chief of Department James P. O’Neill will attend and deliver opening remarks at a community-police forum hosted by the Borough President’s office and Catholic Charities of New York. The event will take place this… Read more

Joint Statement on New NYC Illegal Hotel Lawsuit

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, and State Senator Liz Krueger jointly issued the following statement in response to news that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Special Enforcement has filed a new lawsuit targeting a major illegal hotel operator in midtown Manhattan: “We applaud the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement’s newest lawsuit to reclaim residential apartments and shut down a large-scale illegal hotel. Residential… Read more

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