Monday, January 5, 2015

Feds investigate BIG landlords payments to Speaker Silver

 New York Times: Feds investigating “substantial” payments to Assembly Speaker Silver from small law firm


New York Observer: Sheldon Silver expects to be re-elected Assembly Speaker despite federal probe


The Real Deal: Leonard Litwin, LLC loophole king, is prominent client of law firm that made payments to Silver


New York Times: Baruch Singer, notorious slumlord, is client of law firm that made payments to Silver




Daily News: Mario Cuomo funeral set for Tuesday; State of State address re-scheduled to January 21


State of Politics: Jeff Klein expects “minor” changes in power-sharing deal with state senate G.O.P.


Ken Lovett: Cuomo faces more resistant legislature in second term (Daily News)


Bill Hammond: Self-inflicted damage weakens Cuomo’s credibility as second term begins (Daily News)


City & State: Q&A with Keith Wright, Assembly Housing Committee chair, on 2015 rent law fight


City & State: Q&A with Darryl Towns, NYS housing commissioner, on affordable housing programs
                                                                                    

New York Times: Feds investigating “substantial” payments to Assembly Speaker Silver from small law firm


New York Observer: Sheldon Silver expects to be re-elected Assembly Speaker despite federal probe


The Real Deal: Leonard Litwin, LLC loophole king, is prominent client of law firm that made payments to Silver


New York Times: Baruch Singer, notorious slumlord, is client of law firm that made payments to Silver


New York Times editorial: FBI, U.S. Attorney right to probe how state legislators bring in outside income


Gotham Gazette: Repeal of 20 percent statutory vacancy bonus top legislative priority for Senator Serrano


Journal News: Several “double-dipping” state legislators file paperwork to collect pension + salary in 2015


The Albany Project: $60 million spent on New York State Senate races this year


Wall Street Journal: Landlords accuse highest state court of pro-tenant bias


City & State: This Week’s Winners & Losers


Daily News: Harlem tenants return to their apartments two years after fire, with help from PA James, DA Vance


Sam Roberts on Queens as central to Mario Cuomo’s political rise (New York Times)


New York Times: The loving and competitive relationship between Mario Cuomo & Andrew Cuomo


Staten Island Advance: Who might run for Grimm’s Congressional seat in special election?


New York Times: Douglas Durst speaks out on his troubled brother Robert shortly before TV documentary to air


City & State: Labor issues loom in 2015 legislative session


Roger Toussaint: Police unions have a responsibility to work for a more just society (Portside)



Jonathan Tasini: Labor unions must speak out against police union leader Pat Lynch’s poisonous rants (Daily News)


DNA Info: 70,000 apply for 38 new affordable apartments in Williamsburg



The Real Deal: Nuns evicting immigrant tenants from Hell’s Kitchen SRO


The Albany Project: Cuomo donors get lots of state money



Real Estate Weekly: Cuomo administration awards $16.5 million for 240 affordable housing units


Daily News: Illegal hostel operating in East Harlem apartment building


Journal News VIDEO: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inaugural address at 1 World Trade Center


Michael McKee
Treasurer
Tenants Political Action Committee

Happy New Year to All. Here’s to a significant tenant victory in 2015!

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