Rules for the New City Council

Monday, January 27, 2014

Deputy Leader Brad Lander and Speaker Mark-Viverito at meeting of Rules Committee to vote on Council committee leaders and members. (William Alatriste/New York City Council)

City Council deputy majority leader and chair of the Rules Committee (Brooklyn 39th) Brad Lander talks about his City Council leadership role and the progressive bloc's agenda.


Brad Lander

Comments [16]


How hard is it to look both ways before crossing the street? While crossing the street, take your eyes off the phone and take the headphones out.

Problem solved.

Jan. 27 2014 10:05 PM
SusanJH from Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC

The most horrible pedestrian accidents I've read about happen when large vehicles are TURNING into crosswalk. So lowering speed limit to turtle speed of 20 mph & installing cameras does not solve this, it just creates more revenue for the city. Intersections and light configurations need to change. Let's stop this deadly nonsense.

Jan. 27 2014 11:01 AM
Guy from NYC

hey I have a great idea to at least symbolically attack the dead pedestrian problem!

Get NYPD COPS TO STOP PLOWING through the crosswalks while the citizens they protect are in them!

In addition, I've been actually accosted by men in what looked to be an unmarked cop car for looking at them as they drove at me while i was in a cross walk--twice in one day!

Jan. 27 2014 10:54 AM
CP from NJ

Did I just hear Brian Lehrer say "imagine NY taking example from NJ " ( re: the education of preschool teachers )???
Really? I tune in to listen to NJ Public Radio (of which I am a member) and this is what I hear--NJ bashing?!?

Jan. 27 2014 10:54 AM
Gilda from Manhattan

BREAKING NEWS: Majority in favor of tax that someone else pays.... In other news, politicians floating populist messages to get elected with little intention to actually do anything to keep the issue alive and well...

Jan. 27 2014 10:53 AM
john from office

We have here the feel good administration. Lets all hold hands and sing. Soon there will be no school days.

Jan. 27 2014 10:51 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Bk from Hoboken, Delaisio's rationale is that: The State money comes with strings attached and does not guarantee funding for a set amount of years.

Jan. 27 2014 10:50 AM
Jason from Jersey City, NJ

I often avoid the Brian Lehrer show because I find there is a lot of inane commenting going on but all of the New Jersey bashing is really just offensive. Do you realize that a large portion of WNYC listeners are from NJ??? There was a comment to the effect of "Imagine, New Jersey doing something better than NY?" As a NJ resident and an WNYC monthly sustainer, it makes me want to put my money elsewhere.

Jan. 27 2014 10:48 AM
Bonn from East Village

Wondering if the class size for pre-K will be much smaller. If the class size is the same as the other grades, how will slow learners not get lost? What is needed is quality after-school tutoring programs.
By the way, I am pleased with Melissa Mark-Viverito as City Council Speaker. When I was writing some articles on artificial turf in NYC playing fields (for which I won an award from the NY Press Association), she and her staff were very receptive and helpful.

Jan. 27 2014 10:48 AM
Joseph from Park Slope, Brooklyn

I'm one of Brad's constituents, and have volunteered for his office and his first election campaign. He has done great things for our district, like bringing in Participatory Budgeting, and I'm sure will do the same on the City level.

Jan. 27 2014 10:45 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Re the use of property taxes so that the 1% pay proportionately more: When it comes to the current undertaxing of the condominiums of the exceptionally wealthy appropriately more than we do now, that is a question of the city tax assessor properly assessing a higher value for those properties (just referred to as the condos of the wealthy "on Fifth Avenue"). You didn't have to go to Albany or seek a change in the tax rate. It is principally a matter of just properly assessing value. . . except when Albany passes special tax exemptions for new construction as was recently, secretly done for five particular luxury buildings.

Jan. 27 2014 10:43 AM
Salvatore Principato from Greenwich Village

Question: why does the state dictate the city's taxation policy? As well as rent control and other issues particular to NYC. From where does this authority derive?

Jan. 27 2014 10:38 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Mr Lander is a good talker. But in the one instance when we needed his assistance he wasn't there. We had a case of arson in our brownstone. We wrote to him. He wrote back a smooth response that sounded good but that was the extent of his reach out. We never heard from him again. And our arson was never solved.

Jan. 27 2014 10:32 AM
John from NJ

I want to know if Brad Lander is going to push the effort to ban plastic bags or put a fee on them. Dozens of cities have done this!

Jan. 27 2014 10:28 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Something important to know from Mr. Lander: Where he as a "progressive" stands on what was the Bloomberg agenda of selling off public assets for redevelopment and real estate developer deals, schools, public housing, parks, and very particularly as an example of indefensibly destructive greed, the sale and shrinkage of New York City public libraries (while deliberately underfunding them as an excuse). . . The sale for shrinkage of Donnell (netting less than $39 million!), the sale and shrinkage of the libraries with the Central Library Plan that involves the destruction of the research stacks of the 42nd Street Central Reference Library and the sell-off of Mid-Manhattan and SIBL and the sale of Brooklyn libraries like the Brooklyn Heights and Pacific Libraries. Valued Books are being gotten rid of and it is incorrect, for a number of reasons for anyone to say that this is bringing funds in for the libraries. Mainly, valuable, publicly owned assets are being destroyed!

Jan. 27 2014 10:28 AM
BK from Hoboken

I am curious to hear te rationale behind why DeBlasio won't take state funds- does he really want to tax high earners that much? Does he dislike these people? Seems almost irrational. That said, I agree and never as Nj guy could understand why NYC needs state approval or things like this. I think the state also shot down Bloombergs congestion pricing deal. Why are some rural upstate NY assemblymen sticking their noses in city business?

Jan. 27 2014 10:10 AM

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