District 39

Brad Lander

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

If we know, why don’t we act?

The lamentations of two young women are ringing in my ears today, compelling me to join hundreds of other Jewish New Yorkers by observing the mourning day of Tisha b’Av in civil disobedience.

Know Your Rights resources

Immigrant communities in New York and around the country are living in fear of stepped up ICE enforcement that is tearing families apart. Know Your Rights information is available in Bangla here.

National Grid is holding New Yorkers hostage for an harmful pipeline with a moratorium on new gas hook ups

Seventeen NYC councilmembers, led by Councilmembers Brad Lander, Mark Treyger, Stephen Levin and Speaker Corey Johnson, sent a letter to National Grid on July 31 demanding that the utility immediately end the company’s moratorium on new gas hook ups. The letter, addressed to National Grid President John Bruckner, chastises the company for holding residents and business owners hostage in order to lobby for approval of the Williams Pipeline, a project that would have detrimental environmental impacts to water quality in New York and New Jersey.  READ MORE

The NYC Charter Revision Commission missed an opportunity for strategic, long-term planning

Last week, amidst flooded streets, blackouts, overheated jails, and subway failures, New Yorkers saw some of the consequences that have resulted from a failure to engage in strategic long-term planning for the future of our city.

The dangers of failing to invest strategically in the infrastructure that sustains our city will grow in coming decades, as temperatures and sea levels rise and the city’s population continues to grow. READ MORE

An Epidemic of Traffic Violence

Traffic deaths are preventable, if we have the political will to take bolder action. In an epidemic, we all have to step up and do more.

So I wanted to let you know what I’m doing, both citywide and in our community, and to give you an update on the Reckless Driver Accountability Act.

Statement from Council Member Lander on NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Vote to Calendar Gowanus Historic Sites for Landmarking

New York City Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) vote today to calendar eight buildings across five properties in Gowanus for landmarking consideration.

“Gowanus is rich with industrial and architectural history. So one of our goals in planning for its future must be to preserve, celebrate, and connect people to that history, even as we make room for new uses to meet our city’s needs.

A budget that reflects the values you voted for

When you voted in April’s participatory budgeting vote you voted to improve public institutions we all rely on, to support those most at-risk, and to invest in the long-term future of our city.

In the budget that the City Council voted to adopt today, we tried to follow those values as well.

Comments From Councilmembers Lander and Levin on the Draft Scope of Work for the Gowanus Rezoning

Dear Chair Lago,

We write today, as the New York City Council Members representing the Gowanus area and surrounding neighborhoods, with comments to the Draft Scope of Work for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning.

The Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning presents a real opportunity to create a future for the Gowanus community that is more sustainable and resilient, more inclusive and affordable, and that preserves and strengthens the vibrant mix of uses in the area today. READ MORE