District 39

Brad Lander

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

“The District 15 Diversity Plan just might be the most encouraging thing happening in New York City this fall. It turns out, we are capable of desegregation. Thousands of D15 students, families, and educators are leaning forward, with enthusiasm even, into a future where we deliver high-quality, integrated education to all our kids.

“I’ve visited several of the D15 middle schools this fall, and talked to families at every one of them, and I’ve been so heartened by their efforts to build supportive, diverse, successful school communities.

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I don’t like voting to build jails. But I believe voting yes today is our most likely path to incarcerating the fewest people, in the least inhumane conditions. And our best chance to turn the work of the campaign to Close Rikers into tangible, City-sponsored, decarceral policy.

The New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, along with the Committee on Technology, will hear testimony today on proposed legislation that would require building owners to provide all tenants with a traditional key, and prevent landlords from mandating that tenants use facial recognition, biometric scanning, or other “smart” key technology to enter their apartment buildings or their individual unit.

399 3rd Avenue Shelter FAQ

In August, the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) gave notice to our community that a new shelter for adult families will be sited in Gowanus at 399 3rd Avenue (at the corner of 6th Street). The shelter will be operated by the non-profit organization Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc.

The first day of school always brings the thrill of the new, and the anxiety of the unfamiliar. It requires some courage, but it’s got such bright promise.

On this first day of school, thousands of 6th graders in our community are embarking on a new and courageous endeavor as the first class to enter middle school under the District 15 Diversity Plan.

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