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District 39

Brad Lander

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington

Overwhelming Gratitude

If I’m being fully honest, I’m struggling this Thanksgiving. I’m usually pretty good at finding the bright side of things. I love being with Meg and Marek and Rosa, and we have blessings beyond measure. But amidst this lonely holiday, without my parents and sister and nieces and nephews, without our silly traditions, and our serious ones…I’m finding it a lot harder than usual to lean into my gratitude practice. 

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“It is a massive failure of leadership to have allowed our schools to close before we got a handle on the virus spreading in indoor restaurants, bars, and gyms, worship and other gatherings. Schools should be the last things to close, not the first. 

“The Governor and Mayor’s ego-battles over making decisions about our schools have thrown families and educators into chaos on a daily basis.

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I am voting today to remove Andy King from the New York City Council. This is a serious vote, but it is not a difficult one. Council Member King’s behavior has been egregious, and it shows contempt for City Council staff, for the Council as an institution, for the goal of building a world free of gender-based harassment, and for his responsibilities to his constituents.

Even as summer camps and public pools reopen, Mayor de Blasio and the NYC Health Department have repeatedly failed to provide any guidance to child care centers. 
New legislation would allow centers to immediately and safely reopen, with clear health and safety guidance, providing relief to working families and struggling providers.

NEW YORK —

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Congratulations to all the students, educators, and parents who made it through remote learning this semester! I know it was not easy. This may have been some of the hardest learning, teaching, and parenting in human history. But dedicated teachers, resilient students, and infinitely patient parents have done so much to make it work.

There are so many critical and unanswered questions —

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Juneteenth 2020

This year, Juneteenth comes amid a national uprising against police violence and systemic racism unlike any time in decades.

As the coronavirus outbreak and response continue to escalate, we wanted to keep you as informed as possible about what we are doing to keep people safe and healthy, and also how we can work together (virtually) as neighbors to help out. I know it’s really hard to balance the urgency & anxiety we are all feeling at this moment, especially knowing that things are going to get worse in the coming days. I remain deeply grateful for the solidarity and thoughtfulness of this community in times of crisis.

Late last week I wrote to urge everyone to take reasonable precautions and not panic at the spread of coronavirus. While more COVID-19 cases have been identified in New York (and the numbers are going to grow in the coming days), the advice from public health officials has not dramatically changed: wash hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, support seniors and other vulnerable people (see below), and don’t panic. 

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New York — Council Member Brad Lander sent a letter today to gig economy companies calling on them to take immediate action to address the vulnerability of contract workers during the coronavirus outbreak, including providing paid sick leave to their workers during the crisis.

“Gig workers are on the frontlines of the health and economic risks of the coronavirus outbreak,” said Council Member Brad Lander.

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