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District 39

Brad Lander

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

New analysis from Councilmembers Brad Lander and Vanessa Gibson, in partnership with the New York Housing Conference, shows that proposed cuts to New York City’s capital investment program would cause more economic harm than relief, saving almost no money in the near term, while costing New York City more than 20,000 units of affordable housing and as many as 15,000 jobs, just as the City begins to face the economic crisis produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Lives Matter.

This week, we saw two shocking manifestations of racism and violence, the corrupt underbelly of our country’s history and its present.

Councilmember Brad Lander and Assemblymember Robert Carroll, in partnership with the Hebrew Free Loan Society and The Change Reaction, will offer 0%-interest loans to small business owners and independent contractors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

BROOKLYN, NY — Two local elected officials are teaming up with local philanthropists to make 0%-interest loans available to Brooklyn small business owners and independent contractors affected by the economic shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Legislative package to protect essential workers includes paid sick leave for gig-workers, whistleblower protections and general protections against unfair firing, and premium pay 

NEW YORK — Council Member Brad Lander today joined in the announcement of NYC’s Essential Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation to provide essential workers with rights and protections as they work to keep New Yorkers fed, moving, supplied, and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Every night, New Yorkers are cheering wildly to thank the people who are stocking shelves in our grocery stores, delivering food and supplies, driving people to work and appointments, and caring for sick New Yorkers in our hospitals and nursing homes.


Applying for Unemployment Insurance as a Freelancer

Freelancers, independent contractors, and self-employed people are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) passed in the federal stimulus package. From January 27, 2020 to December 30, 2020, individuals who are not otherwise eligible for benefits and are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of the COVID-19 public health emergency may be eligible for PUA. 


Freelancers, artists, gig-workers, and other independent contractors lack many basic worker protections and access to a robust social safety net, leaving them particularly vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Though not an exhaustive list, below is some information and resources aimed to help NYC-based freelancers and artists navigate these uncertain times.