Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick on July 9 announced the formation of the East Midtown Steering Committee. Made up of stakeholders and chaired by the Borough President and Council Member Garodnick, this commences the second phase of the East Midtown rezoning proposal, with phase one focusing on the Vanderbilt Avenue corridor.
The East Midtown Steering Committee will conduct a ground-up process to study… Read more
“The arts are essential, and I applaud the Mayor and Council for adding $23 million for arts education to ensure more in-school programs for underserved schools. Key steps must include improving the Department of Education’s Annual Arts Survey to fix inaccuracies – so that we know what is really going on in our schools and can guarantee that schools have equal access to the resources they need. My report ‘Arts… Read more
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer called for more and better arts education in City schools in a new report released June 30 – while also announcing $20,000 in grants to help fund in-school arts partnerships and a series of arts mixers to connect the borough’s public schools with the City’s top museums and cultural institutions.
The new report, “Arts Forward,” calls into question the reliability of the Department of… Read more
“For these past 18 heart-wrenching days, we have all held out in hope that Gilad, Naftali and Eyal would be brought back to their families speedily and without harm. Now that our worse fears have been confirmed, I wish comfort for all those who mourn – from all of us who share in this incredible loss.”… Read more
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer stated the following June 25 on the Port Authority’s vote approving an agreement for 30 minutes of free wireless internet at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark airports:
“Today the Port Authority has taken a great first step in bringing our New York-area airports into the 21st Century. I passed a resolution in the NYC Council in 2013 calling for this action, and recently sent a… Read more
City Council Resolution 115 to support allowing 16- and 17-year olds to serve on their local community boards passed through the City Council on June 11.
The successful vote for the resolution, introduced by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and co-sponsored by Council Members Ben Kallos, Ritchie Torres, Mark Levine and James Vacca, signals New York City’s support of Senate bill S04142, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assembly… Read more
I was delighted to see such a large crowd attend the Seaport Working Group’s Open House last night, June 2nd.
The principles were developed over 11 weeks of meetings by a group of stakeholders who brought a wide breadth of expertise and diverse opinions, and will inform future development in the Seaport area.Over 150 attendees were given a brief introduction to the Working Group’s process by the SWG’s moderator,… Read more
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“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