Garment District plan moves forward with Council vote

Various vibrant colors of fabric on a self NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement shortly after the City Council’s vote approving amendments to the zoning text governing the Garment District. “Collaboration and negotiation make good policy, and the process that brought us to today’s vote is yet more proof of that. I thank Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and EDC President James Patchett for working with me and Speaker Johnson to produce… Read more

The MTA should look at two-way shuttle buses, dedicated bus lanes for 168th Street 1-train shutdown

A and C 168th street train station NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer wrote yesterday to MTA-New York City Transit President Andy Byford, calling for a reevaluation and enhancement of planned travel alternatives during the upcoming closure of the 1-train station at 168th Street in upper Manhattan. The station serves 26,000 daily riders and is a primary point of access to New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as the Columbia University Dialysis Center and… Read more

Taking on a new role with the National League of Cities

Gale smiling with National League of Cities sign There’s strength in numbers and partnering with other urban leaders means we can amplify our voice when it comes to pressing issues facing New Yorkers and people around the country. That’s why I’m happy to join the Human Development federal advocacy committee of the National League of Cities. The committee focuses on a wide range of issues, such as social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and… Read more

City & State: Everybody loves Gale

Gale smiling sitting on monkey bars in a playground From this week’s edition of City & State NY: Gale Brewer’s peers in politics are in awe of her public schedule, holding the Manhattan borough president’s endurance in an esteem most people reserve for Olympic marathon runners or Bruce Springsteen on a world tour. “I would be dead if I had Gale Brewer’s schedule every single day,” said New York City Councilman Keith Powers, of Manhattan. “The running joke is… Read more

My Brother’s Keeper forum takes aim at opportunity gap in education

Gale smiling with my brothers keeper group In November, we held the second meeting of the Manhattan My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which is aimed at closing the opportunity gap by supporting boys and young men of color in Manhattan. President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative in 2014 to improve outcomes for students of color in schools across the country. New York was the first state to enact the initiative into law and has… Read more

Our holiday diaper donation drive returns for the third year

White Baby crib with diapers under a help us fill this crib sign For many low-income working parents, getting diapers for their children is a struggle. Day care centers often require parents to supply diapers when they drop of their kids, so if the parents don’t have diapers to bring every day, they can’t work. That’s why my office, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York are launching the third annual holiday diaper driveRead more

Applications for Manhattan Community Board membership now open!

Gale speaking at a podium to a room full of people Community Board membership applications are now open: We’re looking for passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods. Community Boards play an important role in shaping the character of our city. If you live or work in one of Manhattan, you’re eligible to apply for the 2019-2021 class of board members! You can apply online here. The online application must be completed… Read more

Statement on Amazon HQ2 announcement

long island city on a cloudy day Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following public statement on the announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 plans in New York City: “New Yorkers are being told Amazon needs and deserves billions of dollars in payments and tax breaks to locate in Long Island City, minutes from Manhattan, when we have no certainty on a range of issues from local hiring to the effects on rents throughout the city. “Moreover,… Read more

How we can make New York City government work better

Gale stating her testimony at Charter 2019 Manhattan Hearing Last night, I testified before a packed house at the Manhattan hearing of the 2019 Charter Revision Commission. We have a real opportunity to improve the way city government functions. Good Evening. Thank you to Gail Benjamin and to each Commissioner for taking on this enormous role – and welcome to Manhattan! I am delighted that the legislation I sponsored with the Speaker and Public Advocate calling for a Charter Revision Commission has resulted in this illustrious group coming together.