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District 39

Brad Lander

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

“We are glad to hear Mayor de Blasio’s announcement today that, pending a vote from the New York City Board of Health, New York City child care providers will be able to safely reopen on July 13th. As we have said repeatedly, there is simply no way that New York City can successfully rebuild our economy in the months and years to come without accessible and affordable child care for working parents.

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Even as summer camps and public pools reopen, Mayor de Blasio and the NYC Health Department have repeatedly failed to provide any guidance to child care centers. 
New legislation would allow centers to immediately and safely reopen, with clear health and safety guidance, providing relief to working families and struggling providers.

NEW YORK —

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Congratulations to all the students, educators, and parents who made it through remote learning this semester! I know it was not easy. This may have been some of the hardest learning, teaching, and parenting in human history. But dedicated teachers, resilient students, and infinitely patient parents have done so much to make it work.

There are so many critical and unanswered questions —

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This summer, every single NYC public school student will receive $420 in “Pandemic EBT,” a federal program to help families buy food while students are learning from home due to COVID-19.

Juneteenth 2020

This year, Juneteenth comes amid a national uprising against police violence and systemic racism unlike any time in decades.

There’s no way around it: this year’s City budget must be different. NYC is facing an estimated $9 billion dollar deficit due to the coronavirus disruptions in our economy. The City Council is currently in the middle of negotiating the fiscal year 2021 budget with the mayor’s administration, in order to reach an agreement by July 1.