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District 39

Brad Lander

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

NEW YORK, NY (10.12.21) – Council Member Brad Lander made the following remarks at the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises this morning on the Gowanus Neighborhood Plan, before following up with planning officials with questions about public housing funding and stormwater retention.

Hearing Remarks:

Thank you to all of the members of our community who are here this morning, and to the many hundreds more who have engaged thoughtfully with every element of this plan.

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Reflections from Brad Lander on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks:

Twenty years on from September 11th, 2001, we are quite rightly questioning the policy response of the past two decades that divided and destroyed communities. Our collective grief, pain and anger was rapidly converted into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq whose costs we are only beginning to grapple honestly with and whose violence continues to ripple through communities today.

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Hurricane Ida hit our area hard, bringing dangerous flash flooding to streets and basements. As we continue to clean up after the storm, our office is here to help navigate the resources and programs available. Please be in touch if you need assistance, at lander@council.nyc.gov or 718-499-1090. Enclosed below is a list of local resources.

Essential Resources for Hurricane Ida Relief

  • Service Centers: in response to the unprecedented storm on Wednesday, the City of New York has opened up service centers in every borough.
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Legislation seeks to address pervasive discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations 

NEW YORK, NY – On Thursday, New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Danny Dromm introduced new legislation to combat height and weight discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The proposed legislation would add height and weight as protected categories in the City’s Human Rights Law, giving New Yorkers recourse to address harmful discrimination. 

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NEW YORK – City Council Member Brad Lander released the following statement regarding his vote on the FY22 expense budget: 

“After a pandemic year that threw our city into an economic crisis, we are fortunate today to be in a far better financial position, thanks in large part to federal relief, as well as progressive revenue increases at the state level.

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In negotiations over infrastructure investments connected to the Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning, City Hall asks tenants to choose between essential repairs with three funding packages of up to $52 Million.

NEW YORK, NY –  New York City Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander stood with Gowanus Houses Tenant Association President Ed Tyree, Wyckoff Gardens Resident Association Leader Valerie Bell, NYCHA residents and community advocates to demand that the City increase its funding offer for long-deferred maintenance at the two NYCHA developments.

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“Uber and Doordash have made billions during the pandemic. They can afford to pay immigrant delivery workers a living wage.”

At today’s hearing of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing, the City Council will be hearing a package of bills to improve the working conditions of delivery workers, including Intro. 2294, sponsored by Council Member Lander, which would establish a minimum per-trip payment to food delivery workers, in order to guarantee them living wage pay.

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Good riddance to 2020.

Good riddance to 2020. 

This pandemic year has taught us many lessons. Some haven’t been so bad: we’ve learned how to bake, use Zoom, and found exquisite corners of Prospect Park we didn’t know existed. 

Other lessons have been far harder: How to apply for unemployment. How to mourn together without hugs. 

Many were lessons that it shouldn’t have taken a pandemic for us to learn: To tip delivery workers generously and in cash.

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NEW YORK – Council Member Brad Lander welcomed the announcement today of the suspension of middle school admissions screens and high school district priority. 

“This is a huge and important step towards fairness and integration in our schools, and fundamentally necessary this year to mitigate the inequalities of pandemic school,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “All too often admissions screens measure access to resources far more than ability, furthering segregation and inequality in our public schools.

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The New York City Council voted today on two pieces of legislation to give just cause protections to fast food workers in NYC. Introductions 1415 and 1396 will require fast food chains with more than 30 stores nationally to implement fair termination and progressive discipline policies.

Said Council Member Brad Lander:

“Fast food workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, serving their neighbors, working in tight quarters, taking on new responsibilities for sanitizing, and yet often unable to speak up about health and safety issues for fear of losing their jobs.

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