Brewer and Rodriguez react to postponement of Health Careers High School closure vote

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez issued the following statement reacting to the Panel for Educational Policy’s postponement of a planned vote on the closure of the High School for Health Careers in Washington Heights: “The uptown community spoke out with one voice to save this high school, and buy-in from parents and the community is a priceless asset in public education.… Read more

Brewer salutes new leaders for Black History Month

Brewer delivers speech at Black History Month event It’s no secret that we’re living through a storm. The progress we’ve made toward correcting injustices in our society is looking more fragile than we hoped, and we are being challenged as racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia once again rear their ugly heads. But a new wave of activists is rising to meet those challenges and fight injustice on a variety of fronts, and they are lighting a path… Read more

Borough President Brewer and Public Advocate Tish James call for charter revision

It’s been nearly 30 years since the last real overhaul of the City Charter, the governing document that functions as New York City’s constitution. With some minor changes made along the way, the 1989 charter has served us pretty well. But this city confronts new challenges — including widening income inequality, a new breed of complex development projects, and a hostile federal government threatening crucial funding streams — and it’s… Read more

Remarks of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer at José Martí statue dedication in Havana

Brewer stands next to a man in front of Jose Marti statue Good morning, honored guests. Let us make this the beginning of renewed and strengthened friendship between two great cities and their people. At home in the United States we say, “we shall overcome.” Here you say, “venceremos.” I say, welcome home, José Martí! I am Gale Brewer, President of the Borough of Manhattan, where the original of this dramatic statue of José Martí has been inspiring New Yorkers for most… Read more

Brewer, Chin officially file zoning text amendment to clarify Two Bridges rules, end abuse of “minor modification” loophole allowing out-of-scale luxury development

NEW YORK – Wednesday afternoon, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin officially filed paperwork at the Department of City Planning’s 120 Broadway intake office to amend the zoning text governing the Two Bridges neighborhood and protect the area from out-of-scale luxury developments made possible by the abuse of a zoning loophole. The application is the first submitted solely by elected officials in roughly 15… Read more

B.P. Brewer, Rep. Espaillat, uptown elected officials and Washington Heights community celebrate agreement to keep Coogan’s open

For Immediate Release: Sunday, January 14, 2018 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat gathered Sunday afternoon with a broad coalition of uptown Manhattan elected officials, Community Board members, and neighbors to celebrate the agreement between Coogan’s and New York-Presbyterian Hospital that will keep the beloved Washington Heights pub open for years to come. The locally-owned, 33-year-old pub was slated to close after… Read more

WATCH: Emergency “Tax-Reform” Teach-In

textbox of "Watch!" On Wednesday, December 20, at 6:00 pm, I hosted an emergency teach-in on the impacts of the federal tax “reform” bill under consideration in Congress. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and I delivered introductory remarks. Speakers included Preston Niblack, NYC Deputy Comptroller for Budget, Kathy Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, Martha Stark, Professor at NYU-Wagner School of Public Affairs and… Read more

A Town Hall for the Downtown Community: The WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

For those who were unable to attend this week’s information session in the Manhattan Borough President’s office, here is a video of the complete 90 minute webcast. Cosponsored with 9/11 Environmental Action, the audience viewed presentations from Rupa Bhattacharyya, Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund, and Dr. Joan Reibman, Medical Director of the World Trade Center Health Program’s Survivor Program, and both answered audience questions. The evening was moderated… Read more