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Lander for Brooklyn Beep? 'We'll See.'

The popular councilman will neither confirm—nor deny—his intention to run for Brooklyn Borough President.

Lander for Brooklyn Beep? 'We'll See.'

Councilman Brad Lander isn't saying he will run for Brooklyn Borough President—but he's not saying he won't, either.

"We'll see," Lander, D-Park Slope, told Patch on Tuesday. "I’m not prepared to say 'No, under no circumstances will I run for Brooklyn Borough President.' But I’m also sure not prepared to say I’m planning to do it, or I’m seriously considering it or looking at it." 

Lander said that for now, his focus is fixed firmly on serving his district, which includes Borough Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus and the Columbia Waterfront District.

"There’s obviously city-wide legislative and policy priorities that I’m working on," he said.

In fact, as recently as Monday, April 30, Councilmembers Brad Lander and Gail A. Brewer introduced a resolution calling for healthier, greener, and tastier school food at New York City public schools.

"School meals still contain too many 'processed' food items, such as breaded chicken nuggets, as well as foods that contain less healthy ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring and saturated fats, such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,' said their resolution. 

The Councilmembers want 10 percent of food served in schools to be produced locally, for schools to go meatless at least one day a week, and for ingredients of school meals to be published, among other recommendations.

"But," Lander noted in his conversation with Patch, "I’m really excited about so many things going on around the district," citing in particular the voted on last month by more than 2,000 of his constituents.  

He has also recently worked to align efforts by multiple agencies, including the EPA and DEP, in the .

As of now, the race for borough president has only one contender—State Senator Eric Adams, who announced his intention to run in February. The position is currently held by Marty Markowitz, who, after 11 years in office, has reached his term limit.

The election will be held in 2013.

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