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Politics map via Community Board 6
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Have you been looking for a way to get involved with local government? Community Board 6 is currently inviting interested members of the public to consider applying to join a standing committee for its upcoming annual session. Being a member of a committee is an interesting and rewarding glimpse into New York City processes, and your participation
Politics Joan Millman via FB
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After more than 17 years in the position, Assemblymember Joan Millman has announced that she will not seek reelection for the next term. She has served the 52nd Assembly District since 1997, which is an area that covers parts of Park Slope, Gowanus, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, DUMBO, Fulton
Politics Community Board 6 money map
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Got an idea for a neighborhood improvement? Add it to a new map from Community Board 6, which they hope will give citizens a stronger voice in budget decisions that affect our communities and lives. CB6 will be gathering suggestions on this map for local capital improvements related to buildings, roadways, and open space. A capital project
Politics Participatory Budgeting Million Dollar Question
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Voting for the third year of participatory budgeting in District 39 is fast approaching, and Councilmember Brad Lander just shared the projects that you’ll be able to choose between. Some of the proposed projects in our area that are on the ballot include: Repairs to the Ennis Playground basketball courts. Fixes on three flooded, muddy pathways in Prospect Park. Security
Politics Participatory Budgeting Million Dollar Question
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It’s the third year of participatory budgeting in District 39, which means neighbors have another chance to tell Councilmember Brad Lander what projects you’d like to see funded in our area. Ideas for projects have already been submitted, and now it’s time to see what proposals have made it through volunteer-led committees and will be up
Politics Snow Boots, Snowy Sidewalk
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A proposed amendment to existing laws about sidewalk snow and ice removal could mean heftier penalties for those who don’t shovel, but clear walks for pedestrians. Councilmember David Greenfield is proposing that the city use municipal workers to clear a sidewalk they would normally ticket (fines currently start at $100 if a sidewalk isn’t cleared within four
Politics Brad Lander
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Our Councilmember Brad Lander has always been pretty accessible, but he’s about to get a little more open to your questions. He’s one of three city leaders who will be part of a new site called AskThem that lets the public ask their officials questions directly. How it works is you enter your address and find your
Politics Brad Lander
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Following the confirmation of Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito as the City Council speaker, some of her allies have been getting press as they’ve been appointed to various leadership positions in the Council. One of her close ties is our own Councilmember Brad Lander, whose work on the Council with Mark-Viverito goes back several years, and who just got
Police & Fire Cannabis sativa, via wiki
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Newly inaugurated Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson first announced back in October his intention to decriminalize up to 15 grams of marijuana “in public view” (as opposed to in one’s apartment, for instance), issuing only fines instead of necessitating arrests and prosecution. Now that Governor Cuomo has moved toward a limited medical marijuana initiative, however, he has reversed his idea of decriminalizing
Neighbors Bill de Blasio acceptance speech
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After much speculation over where the de Blasios would live after January’s inauguration, it was announced on Wednesday that the mayor-elect and his family will head up to Gracie Mansion. “For a variety of reasons, like logistical and security concerns, we’ve decided to move to Gracie Mansion,” the de Blasios wrote on their Transition NYC website. “It’s a practical choice
Neighbors Lobster Patrick Stewart via Twitter
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With all the talk about Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio hailing from Park Slope, another neighbor’s close-call in the race has so far gone unnoticed. So how close did Patrick Stewart, the pizza-loving, Broadway-acting, former Star Trek captain come to being Mayor Sir Patrick Stewart? Okay, not close at all. New York magazine took a look
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