Aug 9, 2012
I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the families and victims of the shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. As that community tries to cope with the senseless and tragic event, we all must make it known that when one group becomes the target of a hate-based attack, all of us as Americans are truly victims. We need to root out hatred and violence in all of its forms, and to our Sikh neighbors here in New York City, and throughout the country, please know that we stand with you at this difficult moment.
Aug 7, 2012
I want to add my words of disappointment over the recent decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to grant a permit for the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station.
I have been an opponent of this project since before I was elected to the New York City Council, and voted against the Mayor’s Solid Waste Management Plan years ago because it included the misguided reopening of this transfer facility. In short, a site like this should never be opened in a residential area, anywhere in New York City. I firmly hope that we will be able to stop the station’s progress through either political or legal means.
Aug 3, 2012
The NYC Districting Commission will hold five public hearings from August 13, 2012 to August 23, 2012. These hearings are open to the public.
Jul 27, 2012
We must never forget the tragedy that befell the Israeli athletes and their coaches at the hands of terrorists at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Such a cruel and vicious attack has no place in this world, and because it happened during a celebration of our common human values, it deserves special recognition on its 40th Anniversary.
Jun 28, 2012
The City Council will pass the Fiscal Year 2013 budget tonight. As a seven-year member of the Council’s Budget Negotiation Team, I want to recognize the dedicated work and advocacy of Speaker Quinn and my colleagues to ensure that we have a budget that restores critical funds for child care slots, after school programs, libraries, firehouses, cultural institutions, and other worthy initiatives.
While I will vote in support of this budget, I must raise a word of caution about where we are headed.
Jun 20, 2012
In May, the New York City Council passed two bills authored by Council Member Dan Garodnick: the Whistleblower Protection Expansion Act and the False Claims Notification Act. Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed both bills, significantly enhancing the City’s ability to protect taxpayer dollars from abuse.
Jun 19, 2012
Council Member Garodnick submitted testimony to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), asking that they protect the interests of rent-stabilized tenants.
Jun 15, 2012
The Department of Transportation has began milling, and will soon be repaving, several intersections in Community Board 6. Of note for those living in Council District 4:
Jun 8, 2012
There were reports today that Fortress Investment Group sold a CW Capital entity to Walker & Dunlop Inc. for $220 million. Fortress and CW Capital are relevant to the 25,000 residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village because a subsidary company, CW Capital Asset Management, has served as the special servicer of the property since the default by Tishman Speyer in 2010.
Mar 5, 2012
The City Council’s Technology Committee held a hearing on legislation sponsored by Council Member Garodnick that would require all publicly posted city permits, licenses, notices of inspection, and registrations to have a QR, or quick response, code.