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Council Member Brad Lander was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. Prior to his election to the Council, Lander was the director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, where he worked with community leaders, city government and non-profit organizations to preserve and strengthen neighborhood quality-of-life, promote sustainability, and create opportunity in low-income neighborhoods. Before joining Pratt, Lander served for a decade as executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, community-based organization in Brooklyn that develops affordable housing, creates economic opportunities, and organizes tenants and workers. Lander also served as the Housing & Community Development chair of Brooklyn's Community Board 6, on the board of directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice and Grassroots Leadership, as policy co-chair of Housing First!, and on several panels advising the City of New York on public policy issues.

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Proudly Voting WFP for Statewide Offices. Hope You Will Too.

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 12:33 PM

I've heard some soul-searching in recent days about whether to vote on the Working Families Party (WFP) line this year. I have none. I will proudly be voting the WFP line for statewide offices, and I hope you'll join me. I wanted to explain why.

Let's be honest: politics can...

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A Flood of Compassion, but Not Much Justice

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Co-authored with Lisa Cowan (Red Hook Initiative)

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy darkened the skyline and changed the lives of so many of our neighbors.  This week's anniversary calls to mind the crowds who waited for food and supplies in Red Hook, the cars full of baked ziti and...

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A Late Night, a Brighter Day

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Early Thursday morning, well past midnight, the New York City Council passed landmark legislation -- known as the Community Safety Act -- to establish long-needed independent oversight of the NYPD (an Inspector General) and to strengthen the City's prohibition on bias-based profiling by the police. You can read more of...

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Paid Sick Days for a Million More New Yorkers

(12) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 6:03 PM

Taking a day off when you are sick. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but many low-wage New Yorkers have no paid sick days and even put their job at risk if they stay home sick without pay.

But soon that will be in the past....

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What We're For

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 12:15 PM

It is true, as Chris Bragg writes in Crain's NY Business that the members of the City Council's Progressive Caucus are working closely with labor unions, community groups, and the Working Families Party to help bring about a more progressive New York City.

It's not...

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Remembering Jon Kest, a Lifelong Fighter for Justice

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:53 PM

I'm thinking very powerfully today about Jon Kest, who passed away last night after a months-long battle with cancer (and just a month after the heart-rending loss of his daughter Jessie Streich-Kest who was killed during Hurricane Sandy). When I first moved to New York City 20 years ago,...

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Does NYC Live Up to Our Values?

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 1:20 PM

As New Yorkers, we have inherited a vibrant, diverse city, and a rich progressive history -- from welcoming immigrants, to building the subway, to organizing strong unions, to creating affordable housing, to legislating campaign finance reform.

Unfortunately, that commitment to a progressive NYC has weakened in recent years. Inequality and...

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Beyond Words

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Two of the people killed by Hurricane Sandy were two young Brooklynites, Jessie Streich-Kest (24) and Jacob Vogelman (23) -- both young people of extraordinary values and bright promise.  I cannot find any way to understand or explain their loss, or really even begin to grieve.  I'm so deeply sad...

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Steps Toward a Better NYPD - and a Safer, Fairer City

(11) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM

This week, we took some big steps forward toward a better NYPD -- one that keeps working hard every day to keep us safe in our communities, but that stops engaging in discriminatory and abusive policing. And one that has the basic, democratic oversight that all agencies need to identify...

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A President for Cities

(13) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 5:33 PM

There were many reasons to be a proud Democrat this past week.

The video celebrating Teddy Kennedy's extraordinary career as the liberal lion, fighting for civil rights and health care. Brilliant speeches from Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton. Elizabeth Warren not mincing words, but calling out a rigged system that...

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One More Reason to Celebrate Father's Day: Health Care for Our Children

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 1:17 AM

This Father's Day, the most important thing to me is to celebrate it with my children. As a father of two, I know the struggles that many families face in this tough economy and share in the hopes and desires for a better future for all our kids.

Almost...

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A Stronger NYPD, a Safer New York

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 2:34 PM

We live in the greatest city in the world, so it's not often that I find myself wishing that we had something that exists in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, but not here in New York. All of these cities have independent oversight for their police departments -- which means...

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Do You Think It's Fair...

(8) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 2:22 PM

... to deny someone a job because they have student loans? Or because huge hospital bills from an injury forced them into bankruptcy? Or because they were a victim of identity theft?

Many employers in New York City and across the country routinely use credit reports to discriminate against job...

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What Does It Mean to Put Students First?

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 3:10 PM

More than just about anything else we do in New York City government, our public schools reflect a shared commitment to our city's future. For me, our schools are a place of real civic magic, where our kids learn to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders, writers, engineers, teachers, and citizens. I...

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NYPD Surveillance: What We Don't Know, And Why It Matters

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 10:19 AM

At the City Council's budget hearing a year ago, I asked Commissioner Kelly for basic budget information on the NYPD's counterintelligence programs. How much are we spending? How many officers? Where are they working? Under what authority? He did not provide any specific answers.

Last fall, at...

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Violence Against Women: Keeping Up Our Resolve

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 5:30 PM

Over the last several months, a string of sexual assaults, ranging from groping to rape, shook the Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace communities.

The response from neighbors has been inspiring. Grassroots organizations emerged -- Safe Slope, Brooklyn Bike Patrol, KWT Canine Watch, and...

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Don't Shop Lowe's... Shop Local

(24) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 12:51 PM

Big-box home improvement chain Lowe's attaches the tagline "Never Stop Improving" to its television ads. But this week, Lowe's corporate self-improvement efforts ground to a halt when it caved to pressure from an anti-Muslim organization and pulled its advertising from the reality show "All-American...

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We Must Reform the NYPD Intelligence/Surveillance Program to Preserve Civil Liberties and Public Safety

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Like all New Yorkers, I want the NYPD working hard to keep us safe -- in our neighborhoods and across the city. We want them to have a robust counter-terrorism program that uses a mix of technology and human intelligence to investigate leads, and to seek to prevent attacks before...

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A Progressive Caucus for the "New Progressive Movement"

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 4:23 PM

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, had a great op-ed in yesterday's New York Times, on "The New Progressive Movement."

Sachs believes that the Occupy Wall Street movement suggests the coming of a third progressive era in American politics (after the Progressive Era,...

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Move Your Money: Banking for the 99%

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 5:32 PM

This post was co-written by Samira Rajan, chief executive officer of Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union.

This Saturday, November 5 is "Transfer Day." Around the country, inspired by Occupy Wall Street's focus on the need to hold financial institutions accountable, people are moving their bank accounts from behemoths like Bank...

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