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Speaker Series Recap: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

For Gale A. Brewer, passion for community is key in her role as Manhattan Borough President. "She is a fierce advocate of neighborhoods, local issues, and quality of life," said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, who welcomed Brewer to the BID's annual Fall Speaker Series for businesses, property owners, and residents on Tuesday, September 16th at TD Bank's 260 Park Avenue South location. 

"There are so many things that you can do to bring people together to improve a neighborhood, and BIDs are a big part of this," noted Brewer, who took office in January. "I'm very impressed with what Flatiron - a technology center and culinary hub - has done, and I have nothing but positive accolades! I'm delighted and just in awe of the work done in the district." 

Brewer, who earned a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was elected Manhattan's 27th Borough President after serving as Council Member for the 6th District's Upper West Side and north Clinton section since 2002. During her tenure, Brewer sponsored laws that included paid sick leave for hourly employees and online access to New York City publications.

Technology has been a longtime interest of Brewer. In 2002, she became the founding chair of the Council's Technology Committee. "I loved it," Brewer recalled. "And I was the first one to have a BlackBerry in City Hall." She has also been a supporter of the newly launched .nyc digital domain, which was recently adopted by the Flatiron BID.

As for life in politics, Brewer, who has also served as Deputy Public Advocate to Mark Green and as Chief of Staff to former Upper West Side Council Member Ruth Messinger, concluded "I've been doing this work a long time. The issues are the same. The question is how do you get more done?"

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