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

Brewer on Mayor’s housing plan

The shortage in affordable housing in this city has become a crisis, and I commend Mayor de Blasio for beginning to address this issue in a comprehensive way. In particular, his proposal to double the HPD budget would provide necessary resources, and his call for mandatory inclusionary housing would ensure there are units available for various income levels in all neighborhoods. The Mayor also proposes a respectful and neighborhood-focused approach… Read more

BP Brewer, local residents, first responders, organized labor, elected officials announce committee to establish monument to sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, NYC Uniformed Fire Officers President Al Hagan, 9/11 responder and President of the FealGood Foundation John Feal, Kimberly Flynn, Chair… Read more

Brewer calls for dedicated funding source for affordable housing in NYC

Also Recommends Reforming Zoning Policies as City Tackles Growing Crisis in Affordability With housing costs the biggest issue confronting Manhattan, Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling for a dedicated funding source to create affordable housing in the borough and a dramatic re-think of zoning policies to ensure all new developments include affordable as well as middle-income units. “Manhattan and the City as a whole are suffering a crisis in… Read more

Brewer statement on Earth Day

Earth Day is an opportunity for all New Yorkers to renew our commitment to protecting the planet – and key ways we can do that are by reducing the amount of waste our City produces and processes, as well as ensuring that new buildings are more energy efficient. In addition to co-sponsoring electronic waste recycling events, my office is working with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Health… Read more

Brewer announces results of revamped Community Board application process

New York, N.Y. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced the results of a revamped Community Board application process, in which nearly 600 people were interviewed and took part in training exercises on conflict of interest, budgeting, and land use. Following a three-month process, 321 Community Board members were appointed for 2014-16 terms – and 25 percent were new members, many of them participating in public service for… Read more

Join us for the premiere of “It’s Everybody’s Ocean” on May 14!

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) cordially invite you to the NYC premiere screening of “It’s Everybody’s Ocean” on May 14 from 5:30-8:00pm, followed by a short film – “The 5 Gyres North Atlantic Gyre Expedition”. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go towards the MSWAB’s annual Composting Grants program, awarded to small community composters around NYC, as well as other… Read more

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