Brad Lander for NYC

Words and Updates from Brad Lander


Six Years After Sandy

Six years ago (on a blustery Saturday like today), Hurricane Sandy hit NYC. What New Yorkers did together in the days afterward — in the Rockaways & Red Hook, in the shelters at John Jay HS & the Park Slope Armory — remains the most extraordinary example that I’ve ever seen of our ability to come together, across lines of difference, to take action in support of each other … of the radical potential of organized compassion.

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With New York State primary elections just a few days away, I’ve been pretty focused this month on politics close to home (more or that below). And I’m hoping that, like me (we’re in Nova Scotia), some of you are getting much-needed time this week with your families before school & a very busy fall start back up in earnest.

But hearings on the horrifying nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court begin next week -- and the disastrous impact of his appointment to the Court will last much longer than a week, a month, a year, or even a decade. So it’s worth some of our time right now to join the fight to #CancelKavanaugh.

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Getting the balance right on Uber and Lyft

The City Council is voting today on a package of legislation regulating app-based ride hailing companies in NYC.

It’s a big topic, with a lot of competing interests. Uber and Lyft have been projecting doomsday scenarios (which the Daily News rightly calls “bunk”). I understand how important these services are, particularly in the outer boroughs. For many families, including people of color who have faced decades of discrimination, these app-based companies have been a real game-changer and have improved service where both public transit and traditional yellow-taxi service have failed to serve all New Yorkers.

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