Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/3/17



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LANDLORDS CHALLENGE RGB'S RENT FREEZE
Daily News: Landlords sue to overturn rent freeze, say rent board cannot consider tenant affordability
Carmen Vega-Rivera & Shea Colon: In defense of the rent freeze (Crain's OpEd)

DEVElOPMENT AND REZONING
CityLab: EB-5 cash-for-visas program funds luxury real estate over distressed areas
DNA Info: Deteriorating Jamaica garage to become affordable housing
New York Times: New high-rise towers designed to allow tenants to live in buildings in case of flood
The Real Deal: Phipps Houses files plans to build 403 affordable apartments in East New York, first stage of a 1200-unit complex
Politico NY: L.I.C. residents & business owners slam de Blasio's proposed rezoning
City Limits: Flaws in Bloomberg's 2001 rezoning of L.I.C. complicate de Blasio's new plan
City Limits: Community Board 11 digs into controversial East Harlem rezoning plan
ArchPaper: Inwood residents question HPD over plans to demolish branch library & incorporate new library into affordable housing development

BELOW:
421A and the proposed Mansion Tax

Anticipated Trump budget cuts for NYC
Albany and the Indep. Dem. Conf.
Elections
Ethics
Rent Stabilized buildings in Comm. Bd. 1
3/4 Houses protection
Construction Safety
and more

421A AND MANSION TAX
City & State: Cuomo's 421-a proposal would eliminate NYC's ability to shape the program, while doubling the cost in lost tax revenue to the City, with no increase in the number of affordable apartments
Gothamist: Cuomo's 421-a replacement would give landlords tax breaks even without rent stabilization
Gotham Gazette on de Blasio's budget testimony: Mayor says Cuomo's 421-a plan would cost the City too much in lost revenue
The Real Deal: IBO report says $2.5 billion in 421-a tax subsidies wasted on condo owners
Crain's on IBO report: 421-a helped condo buyers instead of lowering development costs
Politico NY: De Blasio floats mansion tax idea again
The Auburn Citizen: Siena Poll shows wide support for renewing millionaires tax

ANTICIPATED TRUMP BUDGET CUTS FOR NYC
City & State: De Blasio testifies in Albany on state budget, asks for power to counter anticipated Trump funding cuts

ALBANY AND IDC
State of Politics: Andrea Stewart-Cousins knocks rogue Democrats for enabling a Republican agenda
State of Politics: Jeff Klein slams Andrea Stewart-Cousins for failed leadership
State of Politics: Feud between mainline & rogue Democrats intensifies
New York Post: Rumor that four more Democratic state senators will jump ship & join turncoat Dems
Ross Barkan: Queens Dem chair Joe Crowley looks for candidate to challenge turncoat Jose Peralta in next year's primary (Village Voice)

ELECTIONS
DNA Info: City Council candidates debate housing issues in Harlem
Gotham Gazette: Early fundraising & spending for 8 open City Council seats
New York Times: GOP Developer Paul Massey raises $1.6 million to challenge de Blasio

ETHICS
Nick Reisman: How a reporter deals with Andrew Cuomo's factually incorrect statements (State of Politics)


COMMUNITY BD 1's LIST OF RENT STABILIZED BUILDINGS
Downtown Express: Community Board 1 posts list of rent-stabilized buildings

PROTECTING TENANTS
New York Times: City Council passes five bills to protect tenants of three-quarter houses

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
Crain's: Non-union developers oppose City Council bills to enhance construction safety
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170202/BLOGS04/170209983


Gothamist: Thousands protest Trump's Muslim travel ban in lower Manhattan
http://gothamist.com/2017/01/30/no_ban_no_wall_rally.php?utm_source=Gothamist+Daily&utm_campaign=c6f0adaab1-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73240544d8-c6f0adaab1-639001#photo-1

Politico NY: Cuomo says state attorneys will help travelers detained at airports under Trump's Muslim ban
http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/01/cuomo-as-a-new-yorker-i-am-a-muslim-109146

Gothamist: Rudy Giuliani gleefully admits Trump sought to enact a 'Muslim ban'
http://gothamist.com/2017/01/30/giuliani_trump_muslim_ban.php?utm_source=Gothamist+Daily&utm_campaign=c6f0adaab1-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73240544d8-c6f0adaab1-639001

Gothamist: Seven NYC groups that are ready to fight Trump's creeping fascism

New York Times: Cuomo champions opposition to Trump's refugee ban
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/nyregion/andrew-cuomo-donald-trump-refugees.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion&_r=0

Daily News: State senate Republicans introduce bill to require NYS colleges & universities to compile data on foreign students
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/n-y-senate-bill-collect-data-foreign-born-college-students-article-1.2959107

New York Post: Right-wing GOP state senator sponsors bill to force NYC to turn over Municipal ID information to federal government
http://nypost.com/2017/01/29/senate-proposes-bill-to-prevent-destruction-of-municipal-id-records/

Observer: DSCC chair Mike Gianaris raises funds for possible attorney general race
http://observer.com/2017/02/fundraising-chair-for-flailing-state-senate-dems-accrued-cash-in-his-own-statewide-account/


Tom Robbins: Wayne Barrett, a brilliant New York beacon & political warrior for justice (Village Voice)
http://www.villagevoice.com/news/wayne-barrett-a-brilliant-new-york-beacon-and-political-warrior-for-justice-9600657

The Villager: Corey Johnson calls Trump a pathological liar at Washington Square rally
http://thevillager.com/2017/01/26/johnson-calls-trump-pathological-liar-at-wash-sq-rally/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=johnson-calls-trump-pathological-liar-at-wash-sq-rally&utm_source=TV+Jan.+27&utm_campaign=TV+Jan.+26+e-mail+blast&utm_medium=email

Politico Magazine: Will Eric Schneiderman take Donald Trump down?
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/eric-schneiderman-donald-trump-new-york-214734
Gothamist: ACLU takes in unprecedented $24 million in donations over a weekend in response to Trump's ban on Muslims
http://gothamist.com/2017/01/30/aclu_donations_boom.php?utm_source=Gothamist+Daily&utm_campaign=c6f0adaab1-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73240544d8-c6f0adaab1-639001

Matt Rey, Red Horse Strategies: The best way forward for Democrats (LA Times OpEd)

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rey-democrats-educated-voters-20170202-story.html

Nathan Riley: How resistance can take hold, make change (Gay City News)

http://gaycitynews.nyc/resistance-can-take-hold-make-change/



Mike McKee
http://www.tenantspac.org/
Tenants' PAC · United States

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