CUNY Service Corps students to help communities navigate NYC data

Government transparency and open data have remained an important concern during my years of public service. As a City Council member, I was proud to sponsor NYC’s Open Data Law, which unlocked a treasure trove of data about our streets, crime, restaurant inspections, and other information gathered by city agencies. But that law was only the first step, as “open” data doesn’t automatically mean “useful” data. More work needs… Read more

Brewer Welcomes 15 CUNY Service Corps Students to Help Communities Navigate NYC Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2014 New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today is welcoming 15 student members of the CUNY Service Corps who will work to help the BP’s office and Manhattan’s Community Boards navigate City data in ways that help neighborhoods make informed decisions and ensure City government is truly transparent. “I was proud to sponsor NYC’s Open Data Law while in the Council,… Read more

9/11 survivors and responders deserve a monument

As New York City and the nation remember the lives tragically lost and the incredible heroism displayed thirteen years ago today, we must not forget the New Yorkers from all walks of life who responded to the attacks. I’m talking about those who rushed to Ground Zero to dig for survivors through smoky, dust-filled rubble; those who worked round-the-clock on cleanup; and those who returned to the surrounding neighborhoods when… Read more

Borough President Brewer Appoints Lucille Songhai Director of Community Affairs

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2014 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today her appointment of Lucille K. Songhai as Director of Community Affairs.
“I‘m proud to welcome Lucille to our office. Together, our Community Affairs team will go the extra mile to provide community support and proactively take on issues affecting our borough – from encouraging smart development to improving city services, and… Read more

Lucille Songhai Appointed Director of Community Affairs

Gale and Lucille K. Songhai both smiling NEW YORK, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced today her appointment of Lucille K. Songhai as Director of Community Affairs. Songhai will report to Deputy Borough President for Community and Borough Operations Aldrin Rafael Bonilla. She will manage the office’s five community liaisons and develop new community outreach strategies in collaboration with Manhattan’s Community Boards and local stakeholders.  “I‘m proud to welcome Lucille to our office. Together,… Read more

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, former B.P. Virginia Fields, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Liz Abzug, and women leaders “Take the Pledge” to register women voters

Brewer stands amongst various females leaders for Women's Equality Day NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, former Borough President C. Virginia Fields, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, attorney and daughter of former Manhattan Congresswoman Bella Abzug Liz Abzug, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board Amy Loprest, President of the National Organization for Women NYS Zenaida Mendez, Hunter High School student Sarina Gupta, joined other women leaders today to urge New Yorkers to “Take the Pledge” to… Read more

Brewer Heralds New Law Allowing 16 & 17 Year Olds to Serve on Community Boards, Announces Recruitment Drive

New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today congratulated Gov. Cuomo and State Legislators on a new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to serve on local Community Boards – and announced a recruitment drive to attract young people to this new opportunity to have a voice in civic affairs. The law signed by the Governor stems from legislation introduced by Gale Brewer into the City Council and… Read more

Brewer Calls for Strict Scrutiny of Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

In comments submitted to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday, August 8, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer continued her strong advocacy on behalf of New York consumers in the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In her comments, Brewer expressed concern about the potential size and scale of the newly created telecom giant, and urged the PSC to demand concessions from Comcast in… Read more

End the “Poor Door”

Relegating low- and moderate-income residents of new, mixed-income developments to a “poor door” is wrong and must stop immediately. New York City thrives on fairness and diversity. Creating a two-tier system in the same building is anathema to everything that makes Manhattan great. I consider any separate-but-equal rationalization an offensive relic of history.Today, July 25, 2014, I stood on City Hall steps to demand revisions to the city’s Inclusionary… Read more

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