Urgent reforms needed in City’s summer food program for schoolchildren

.PDF of news release “For too long, the City’s summer food program for school kids has been riddled with incomplete information, lack of comprehensive site planning, and without strong inter-agency coordination when it should be a front-line effort in combating hunger,” Brewer said. “Logistics for locations are provided too late, especially for many parents and grandparents. Last year, sites and dates were announced on June 25 – just two days… Read more

Brewer column in City & State on need for a monument to 9/11 Survivors and Responders

“The opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a clear sign that the nation has not forgotten the events of that horrible day now almost 13 years ago. Throughout the country, too, there are memorials to those that were killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, created by states, cities, towns and volunteers to ensure that future generations remember what… Read more

Brewer to HPD: Stop downsizing vulnerable Section 8 tenants, convene working group

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the City’s most vulnerable Section 8 residents and convene a working group to find alternate cost-saving solutions. The letter was signed by 26 elected officials and follows months of communication with HPD over Section 8 downsizing. “Downsizing as it is currently being carried out affects mostly the… Read more

Brewer announces Manhattan capital grant awardees

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer has announced the following list of capital grant awardees in the release of the Mayor’s Executive Budget. Each year, as part of the City’s budget process, Borough Presidents are mandated by the City Charter to receive a portion of the City’s capital budget for capital funding – purchase or improvement of fixed assets such as buildings or other infrastructure. B.P.s then allocate that funding… Read more

NOTICE: Manhattan Borough Board meets Thursday, May 15

The Manhattan Borough Board will meet Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 8:30 A.M. in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South, New York, N.Y. The meeting will include a vote on a resolution approving a lease from the City of New York to the New York City Land Development Corporation (“NYCLDC”) and an assignment of lease to the Nut Box, LLC, or an affiliate, for commercial… Read more

Brewer, Kallos, Vacca introduce OpenFOIL legislation

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Members Ben Kallos and James Vacca are introducing an Open FOIL bill today to create a centralized, searchable database of Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests sent to City agencies. The online database would allow members of the public to both file FOIL requests and search previous ones. Information would include the date each request was filed and documentation of its progress.… Read more

Brewer calls on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model and fight its efforts to legalize the now illegal use of apartments for commercial use. In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Brewer warns that using residences as unregulated hotels risks further reducing the number of affordable and rent-regulated apartments in the City – right when they are most needed. The practice also creates… Read more

Brewer on news that the New York Public Library is abandoning its expansion and renovation plans

It always takes courage to change your mind. I applaud the Board and leadership of the NYPL for listening to the public and changing course on their plan to close the Mid-Manhattan Branch. We look forward to working with the NYPL and community partners to achieve our shared goal of providing the best possible experience, within a limited budget, to all library users.… Read more

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