Saturday, July 30, 2016

7/30/2016 Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates

7/25/2016 Articles of Interest

421-A TAX BREAK FOR DEVELOPERSDaily News editorial: Andrew Cuomo wrecked renewal of 421-a, must reverse damage
Politico NY: Shaky finances, not 421-a expiration, killed Astoria Cove affordable housing

LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS & ETHICS
Daily News: David Koch contributes $100K to NYS GOP housekeeping account

SLOW CONSTRUCTION APPROVAL & NYC HOUSING SHORTAGE

HPD IGNORES LAW TO REVEAL DATA
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Your involvement in elections can make a difference to all tenants


In addition to electing a president, vice president, and members of Congress this year (and therefore determining the U.S. Supreme Court of the future),  New Yorkers will be electing members of the State Legislature.  A STRONG Democratic majority in the State Senate will make an enormous difference to tenants.  

So please volunteer to work for Democratic candidates, and remember to vote!  Below is the Tenant/Inquilino article listing the districts at stake. Each district is in red Each candidate's name in blue has a link to his or her campaign.  Please click on it and get involved. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Upcoming Events

(1) Miniature Golf Tournament: TenantsPAC Fundraiser with NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday, July 19th from 6:30-9PM (see "read more" for details)

(2) Met Council on Housing's Membership Meeting and Pot Luck on Thursday, July 21, 2016
6:30-8PM at Goddard Riverside, 573 Columbus Ave. (corner 88th St.) in Manhattan


Sunday, July 10, 2016

NYS should tell tenants when their building has a tax break that affects them!

See the terrific articles on J-51 buildings and their occupants, by Cezary Podkul of ProPublica.

"NY Isn't Telling Tenants They May Be Protected from Big Rent Hikes"
"This is What NY's 'Voluntary Compliance' for Landlords Looks Like" !

From ProPublica:
Meet the NYC Tax Break That Could Save You From Eviction Or A Big Rent Hike
A property tax benefit known as J-51 can mean the difference between a rent freeze and a sharp increase. Here is how to find out if your building qualifies.

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