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District 39

Brad Lander

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

Council Member Lander is the sponsor of Intro 890-2018, which would guarantee a living-wage for FHV drivers. This statement is in response to the release of the new report “An Earnings Standard for New York City’s App-based Drivers: Economic Analysis and Policy Assessment” by James Parrott (Center for NYC Affairs, New School) and Michael Reich (University of California, Berkeley).

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Course was taught entirely in Bangla and housed in the Kensington Family Shelter’s computer lab

Brooklyn, NY – Yesterday, Kensington’s first-ever cohort of Bangladeshi seniors graduated from the Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) computer basics course. The course was taught entirely in Bangla by dedicated teachers Sabit Bhuiyan and Umme Mahmud, and was housed in the Kensington Family Shelter’s computer lab.

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New York, NY — New York City Council Members joined bike-share workers and their union (Transport Workers Union Local 100) to call on the NYC Department of Transportation to get NYC’s bike-share expansion done right.

In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement of four bike-share “expansion pilots” last month, the elected officials, workers, and union officials called for the expansion to:

Lander, City Council colleagues, and safe streets advocates announce “Reckless Driver Accountability Act” to make NYC a national leader in combating dangerous driving

New York, NY — NYC Council Member Brad Lander was joined today by City Council colleagues, traffic safety advocates, and families who have lost loved ones to traffic violence to announce new legislation to hold reckless drivers accountable, reduce dangerous driving, and save lives in NYC.

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Every day, New Yorkers wait in near-agony for subway trains running far behind schedule, late for work, for school, for doctor’s appointments. Every single subway line has worsened dramatically (except one, more on that below). On-time performance has fallen far below every other major city (only Mexico City is even close).

What’s the number one cause of subway delays?

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Bring back our B71 bus!

Brooklynites were hit hard in 2010 when the MTA eliminated the B71, which ran along Union Street, and was a lifeline for seniors, students, and families. To this day, every time I visit the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, they have a very clear message: “Bring back our bus!”

Despite economic recovery and significant population growth along the route, the line has never been restored, leaving thousands of riders stranded.

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Unfortunately, for some unscrupulous landlords in NYC harassing tenants out of their apartments is part of the business plan: once a tenant is driven out, a landlord can make significant renovations, or demolish and rebuild, and then dramatically raise rents.

This is why I was proud to lead the effort for an important new policy to protect tenants from the cycle of landlord harassment.

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Children’s Reading and Storytelling Garden at the Park Slope Library

One of our communities greatest new public spaces is the “Reading Circle and Storytelling Garden” at the Park Slope branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. The garden features a storytelling amphitheater, paths, and planters. It remarkably converts an unused bit of grass into a joyful new public space to read, dream, play, learn, create, perform, plant, tend, and share stories.

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This summer, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy launched the “Gowanus Green Team”, a new green jobs training program for young adults in the Gowanus community.

Funded with $50,000 that I allocated through the City Council’s “Greener NYC” initiative, the Gowanus Green Team focuses on recruiting young people from NYCHA’s Gowanus Houses, Wyckoff Gardens, and Warren Street Houses.

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Saving Kensington Stables

Like many of you, I was horrified when I learned that Kensington Stables was at risk of being sold in bankruptcy court. This could mean losing Brooklyn’s last stables, and the end of horseback riding in Prospect Park. I made clear we would not support any redevelopment proposal that would eliminate the stables, which postponed the auction. We then worked with the Parks Department, Prospect Park, the City’s Economic Development Corporation, Kensington Stables owner Walker Blankenship, and many other stakeholders with the goal of preserving the stables for the long term.

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