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.
Tuesday evening, September 24th, the NYC Department of Education will present two possible plans for school rezoning and admissions changes to help address overcrowding and segregation in District 15 elementary schools in Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Red Hook.
NYC Council Member Brad Lander, Freelancers Union, and freelance workers celebrated the expansion of anti-discrimination protections of the NYC Human Rights Law to cover freelance workers and independent contractors
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.
Council Members Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene, State Senator Andrew Gounardes, and Assemblymember Robert Carroll sent a letter to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg Wednesday calling for an expedited study and implementation of safety measures along the Coney Island Avenue corridor where two people lost their lives this summer.
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.
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.
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.