Finance Board approves plan for public Wi-Fi hotspots

Today, all five borough presidents cast a yes vote together at the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee for the LinkNYC plan to create a system of free public WiFi kiosks, after we secured an agreement on improvements to the plan. Specifically, today’s agreement meets the goals that I and the other Borough Presidents were fighting for by requiring community input on the siting of WiFi kiosks, and introducing more… Read more

Misguided proposal from Landmarks Preservation Commission means lost NYC landmarks

I was disappointed to learn of the LPC’s announcement of a massive, short-notice, arbitrary “decalendaring”—i.e., removal from landmarks consideration— of 96 sites or districts citywide, including 36 in Manhattan. My staff and I visited all 36 on Thanksgiving weekend, days after the LPC announcement, and there are at least eight that deserve further consideration, not elimination—including the magnificent Loew’s 175th Street Theater, the former IRT Powerhouse on West 58th Street… Read more

Statement on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s withdrawal of decalendaring proposal

“I’m delighted that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided to delay implementation of its plan to drop almost 100 items from landmarks consideration. “Everyone can agree that the LPC backlog is large and significant, but the abrupt announcement and lack of transparency by the LPC in this instance was disturbing. “We need a proper public hearing on proposed decalendaring of items older than five years, and I will introduce such… Read more

Statement on the Staten Island Grand Jury decision in the death of Eric Garner

“The Staten Island Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner is a decision that I disagree with, but will respect. “This is yet another instance where the outcome is utterly, tragically out of proportion to the offense– in this case, for selling loose cigarettes on a commercial strip on Staten Island. “As I said after the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision, we… Read more

Statement on the death of Herman Badillo

“Herman Badillo was a friend who embodied all that New York City represents. A trailblazer who achieved much, he became the first Puerto Rican Member of Congress, the Bronx Borough President, a Deputy Mayor, and a CUNY Trustee. His persistence, his dedication and his independence inspired many, and he will be missed.”… Read more

BP Brewer, DCAS Commissioner Cumberbatch launch winter Food Box program for city employees in cooperation with GrowNYC

Program allows week-in-advance ordering of full bag of freshest produce from area growers for $10 NEW YORK, NY– GrowNYC, the nonprofit which manages the city’s Greenmarket program, is beginning the winter season of its Fresh Food Box program, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch, and GrowNYC Executive Director, Marcel Van Ooyen, today announced a new Civic Center outpost of the… Read more

Statement on President Obama’s executive action on immigration

On November 20, President Obama announced a plan to suspend deportations for some 3.7 million undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for at least five years and have children who are legal citizens or permanent residents. If these individuals pass a background check and pay an administrative fee, they will be allowed to apply for work permits valid for three years, after which they must reapply for… Read more

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC & Company Foundation announce grants to support cultural institutions and tourism in New York

NEW YORK, NY – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the NYC & Company Foundation have announced this year’s Manhattan recipients of the Borough Cultural Tourism Development Grant Program. This program is designed to promote tourism in all parts of the borough and raise awareness of domestic and international travelers of the wide range of cultural opportunities available in Manhattan. The grants will fund the cultural organizations’ development of… Read more

Statement on proposed tower at South Street Seaport

NEW YORK, NY – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement after the South Street Seaport Working Group meeting at which the Howard Hughes Corporation presented its proposal for a tower to be developed at the South Street Seaport. “I question whether the proposal from Howard Hughes for a huge tower on the New Market site meets the Seaport Working Group’s guidelines developed over many months of… Read more

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