District 39

Brad Lander

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

There’s a lot of suspicion about rezonings these days. As someone who has spent my whole career working for livable neighborhoods and community-based planning, I get it.

Not too many people are excited about new buildings at heights taller than the surrounding brownstones. In some neighborhoods, low-income tenants fear that new development will push them out. We worry about whether there will be enough school seats, open space, and transit to accommodate new neighbors.

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As you may know, New York City public school students in grades 3-8 will be asked to take the NY State Assessment exams this spring. The English Language Arts (ELA) exam will be administered on April 2-3 and the Math exam will be held on May 1-2.

I wanted to be sure you’re aware that though New York State requires NYC public schools to offer these standardized tests —

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Legislation would transform basement units into habitable dwellings in NYC, creating affordable housing for tenants and financial stability for homeowners.

NEW YORK, NY — Today, New York City Council Members Brad Lander, Rafael Espinal, Inez Barron, New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development Associate Commissioner of Preservation Kim Darga, and Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone (BASE) Coalition advocates celebrated passage by the City Council of groundbreaking legislation to help address the affordable housing crisis.

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New report finds Employers in Fast Food Industry fire workers arbitrarily or without stated reason

New York City Fast Food workers are being fired or having their hours reduced, for any or no reason, forcing thousands of New York families to live in constant uncertainty and fear, according to a new report.

To fix the pervasive problem, New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Adrienne Adams are working to protect workers from unfair firings by introducing two bills today that will prohibit fast food employers from firing workers without just cause and to require that employers use seniority to determine which employees to displace during layoffs due to economic reasons.

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Brooklyn, NY – New York City Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to the Gowanus Draft Zoning Proposal released today by the New York City Department of City Planning:

“The Gowanus Draft Zoning Proposal is a strong next step toward the sustainable, inclusive, mixed-use neighborhood that the community has been envisioning for many years.

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NYC Council Member Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to comments made by Mayor Bill de Blasio on the Brian Lehrer Show today, in which the mayor said that if Amazon has a contractual relationship with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), he would call on them to end it:

“Last month, the New York City Council held a hearing with Amazon executives.

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New York, NY — Today, New York City Council Members Brad Lander, Jumaane Williams, and Jimmy Van Bramer will introduce legislation to prevent New York City from signing Amazon-style “non-disclosure agreements” (NDAs) during negotiations with corporations or prospective developers regarding economic development projects.

The legislation comes amidst national criticism of Amazon’s bidding process for HQ2 that required cities to sign non-disclosure agreements —

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Yesterday, the New York City Council held our first hearing on the Amazon HQ2 proposal for Long Island City, “Exposing the Closed-Door Process,” to start asking questions about the $3 billion in tax subsidies, the decision to evade New York City’s “Uniform Land Use Review Procedure” (“ULURP” was even trending on Twitter yesterday), Amazon’s working conditions and anti-labor practices, and much more.

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Last month (on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when the Trump Administration hoped we would not pay attention) a major climate report issued by 13 federal agencies confirmed what we’ve known for a long time, and what we’re seeing with our own eyes right now with the devastating forest fires in California:climate change is already having and will continue to have disastrous consequences.

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