District 39

Brad Lander

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

NYC Council Member Brad Lander Responds to Mayor de Blasio’s Comments on Amazon’s Relationship with ICE

NYC Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to comments made by Mayor Bill de Blasio on the Brian Lehrer Show today, in which the mayor said that if Amazon has a contractual relationship with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), he would call on them to end it:

“Last month, the New York City Council held a hearing with Amazon executives. READ MORE

NYC Council Members Lander, Williams, and Van Bramer Introduce Legislation Prohibiting NYC from Signing Amazon-Style Non-Disclosure Agreements

New York, NY — Today, New York City Council Members Brad Lander, Jumaane Williams, and Jimmy Van Bramer will introduce legislation to prevent New York City from signing Amazon-style “non-disclosure agreements” (NDAs) during negotiations with corporations or prospective developers regarding economic development projects.

The legislation comes amidst national criticism of Amazon’s bidding process for HQ2 that required cities to sign non-disclosure agreements — READ MORE

Amazon, and the future of our city

Yesterday, the New York City Council held our first hearing on the Amazon HQ2 proposal for Long Island City, “Exposing the Closed-Door Process,” to start asking questions about the $3 billion in tax subsidies, the decision to evade New York City’s “Uniform Land Use Review Procedure” (“ULURP” was even trending on Twitter yesterday), Amazon’s working conditions and anti-labor practices, and much more. READ MORE

The NYC Council is leading the fight against climate change

Last month (on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when the Trump Administration hoped we would not pay attention) a major climate report issued by 13 federal agencies confirmed what we’ve known for a long time, and what we’re seeing with our own eyes right now with the devastating forest fires in California:climate change is already having and will continue to have disastrous consequences. READ MORE

Council Member Brad Lander’s Statement on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act

Yesterday, the City Council held a packed hearing on the “Small Business Jobs Survival Act” (SBJSA), and I attended and listened carefully.

The goal of the bill is one I deeply share: preserving the “Mom & Pops” that are a huge part of what we love about our neighborhoods. This has been a passion of mine for many years, long before I was in the City Council (in my jobs at the Fifth Avenue Committee and the Pratt Center, where we published several policy reports on the matter, on Community Board 6, and just as a resident/shopper/eater/parent). READ MORE

NYC Council Member Brad Lander, DEP, NYC Parks, and P.S. 282 Community Celebrate Ribbon Cutting for New Green Playground at P.S. 282

New playground replaces asphalt lot and comes after continued advocacy from the community  

BROOKLYN, NY — Today, New York City Council Member Brad Lander joined the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, P.S. 282 Principal Rashan Hoke, as well as parents and students to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new green playground at P.S. READ MORE

Emergency Hearing on School Speed Cameras in New York City

NYC’s life-saving School Zone Speed Camera program expired July 25 after the New York State Senate failed to re-authorize it. The City Council will explore the life-threatening impacts, call for the program to be renewed before school starts in September, and explore additional ways to combat reckless driving.

New York, NY — Today, the New York City Council will hold an emergency hearing in response to the crisis caused by the New York State Senate’s failure to reauthorize NYC’s life-saving School Zone Speed Cameras before they expired on July 25. READ MORE

Statement of NYC Council Member Brad Lander on NY State Legislature’s Failure to Renew NYC School-Zone Speed Cameras

New York, NY – NYC Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to the New York State Legislature’s failure to renew New York City’s school-zone speed camera program, which expired this morning:

“As my grandmother would say, the failure of the New York State Senate GOP — especially Leader Flanagan, Senator Felder, and Senator Golden — READ MORE

Statement from NYC Council Member Brad Lander on New Report Proposing an Earnings Standard for App-Based For-Hire Vehicle Drivers

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). READ MORE