5 Democrats to Replace Speaker Sheldon Silver, stepping down temporarily.
NY Times: "In an unusual arrangement, Mr. Silver, 70, would not permanently quit his post. Instead, he would temporarily delegate his duties as speaker to a group of senior Assembly members."
NY Daily News Excerpt:
A source with direct knowledge of the deal says the chamber will be run jointly by five veteran Assembly Democrats — Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester), Herman “Denny” Farrell (D-Manhattan), Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Cathy Nolan (D-Queens) and Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).
Morelle and Farrell will head the chamber’s upcoming budget negotiations with Gov. Cuomo and the Senate, the source said.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
(Note impact number 3)
: Tenant groups seek to end 421-a boondoggle New York
Michael Appleton for The New York Times
As a practical matter, tenants depend on Silver and Cuomo as the two Democrats of the "three men in a room" who actually determine which laws get passed each term. (The third is the speaker of the State Senate, GOP Dean Skelos.) The indictment shakes up the balance in Albany and severely weakens Silver. Silver has said many good things on tenant issues and has ensured basic renewal of the rent laws, if not the serious improvements that tenants need like the repeal of vacancy deregulation and a cap on MCI rent increases. The indictment, of course, alleges he's been collecting illegal money (evading even the very loose election law limits) from some big real estate companies for years.
New York Times: How Silver indictment can shake up
’s power balance Albany
Excerpt from Gotham Gazette, Jan. 22, 2015:
While Cuomo did discuss investing $486 million in building new affordable housing for "vulnerable" New Yorkers, he did not discuss renewing the expiring rent laws that keep housing affordable for thousands of city residents. Tenants and tenant advocates are highly concerned about losing affordable units to destabilization.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Get involved and speak out on affordable housing issues:
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 - 11 AM press conference on reforming the 421-a tax break for billionaire developers Steps of City Hall
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 - 10 AM Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition and lobbying in the neighborhood, Musicians Union, 322 W. 48th St. (near 8th Ave.), ground floor Club Room,
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 - Reviewing Renewal: Queens Museum housing lectures, starting at noon
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 - Real Rent Reform Membership Meeting, 99 Ft. Washington Ave. in Washington Heights
And see the calendar at the right for more activities!
Council Member Corey Johnson introduces bill to revise the Rent Guidelines Board's criteria for adjusting rents.