MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Oct. 31, 2019

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Kallos Announces Candidacy for Borough President

Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Ben Kallos

Yesterday, Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Yorkville, Lenox Hill) became the first to announce that he is running to be Manhattan’s next Borough President.

Kallos is running on a platform of accomplishments and anti-corruption measures he won to help communities fight for affordable housing. This, he said, will set him apart as a candidate for Manhattan Borough President. 

“We’ve proven that communities with a Council Member and Borough President who actually work for them instead of big money donors can accomplish almost anything,” said Kallos. “Without the corrupting influence of big money from real estate I’ve been free to stand up for residents alongside our Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and win. We’ve made so much progress and the stakes have never been higher, we can’t afford to lose momentum. Manhattan’s next Borough President must continue the work of Gale Brewer, standing up to the Mayor and real estate, in favor of communities.”

Brewer to Announce First Quarter Winners of Manhattan Paper Challenge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (D) will be hosting a breakfast tomorrow to announce the first winners of the Manhattan Paper Recycling Challenge.

Last July, Pratt Industries launched a year-long competition to see which Community Board can recycle the most paper. For each quarter, the top three most-improved districts will earn grants over the course of the year totaling $75,000.

The announcement of the first quarter winners will take place tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Gale Brewer’s Office, 1 Centre St.

Maloney Says GDP Report Confirms Economic Slowdown

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) released a statement yesterday claiming that the latest GDP report confirmed her suspicions about the impending economic slowdown.

Earlier this week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its initial estimate of third quarter GDP. The report showed that GDP grew at annual rate of 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2019, following a 2.0 percent increase in the prior quarter.

“This is the second straight quarter of lackluster growth and all but confirms that we’re experiencing a pronounced economic deceleration, despite the president’s past pledges of 3-6 percent growth,” said Maloney. “Clearly the GOP’s wasteful tax cuts for the wealthy are not delivering the sustained boost they promised, while the White House’s haphazard trade policies and general chaos are undermining business confidence. I am deeply concerned the president’s misguided policies and actions will cause the economy to slow even further and hurt the labor market, potentially resulting in job losses and weaker wage gains.”

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