Saturday, September 16, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates Sept. 13, 2017

Tenants' PAC
Save the date: 
Help celebrate Tenants PAC's 
20th anniversary!

With our guest of honor:

Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General & 
founding board member of Tenants PAC
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 pm
25 West 18th Street, Manhattan
Details to follow.
For more information:
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates Sept. 11, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Help Get Out The Vote for pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council

Tenants' PAC
Help Get Out The Vote 
for pro-tenant candidates 
for NYC Council
The Democratic Primary election is 
Tuesday, September 12

Tenants PAC has endorsed candidates 
in 26 of the 51 races for New York City Council. 
Some of our candidates do not have primary
 opponents, or have only token opposition.

But several of them are involved in very competitive 
primaries, and need YOUR help. Elections are not 
won with targeted mailings, or with advertising – 
they are won by the grunt work of reaching out to 
individual voters, through door knocking, phone 
banking, street corner visibility, and similar activities, 
including Election Day Get Out The Vote efforts. 
Click on "Read More" below to see how you can 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tenants PAC endorsements in Sept. 12 primary elections

Tenants' PAC
Tenants PAC endorsements 
for Tuesday, September 12 
Democratic Primary elections:

McKee's Media - 8/29/2017

Stand for Tenant Safety bills become law 8/25/2017

Eighteen"Stand for Tenant Safety" bills have now become law.  Meant to discourage harassment by construction, the new laws expand the definition of "harassment," raise penalties for violations, create an Office of Tenant Advocate in the Department of Buildings, and more . Click on "read  more" for the full list.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/28/2017

Tenants' PAC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

The Real Deal: Real estate donors dump cash into races for City Council open seats

New York Post: Legal Aid Society files lawsuit to give homeless New Yorkers in cluster housing the protections of rent stabilization

DNA Info: Gale Brewer says de Blasio ignores resident concerns in East Harlem rezoning

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/24/17

Tenants' PAC
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Daily News: City Council bill would create independent commission to decide where new homeless shelters should be located

Shelly Nortz: City Council's Fair Share amendment would hamper NYC's ability to shelter homeless New Yorkers (City & State)

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/22/2017

Tenants' PAC
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Baltimore Sun: Jared Kushner's firm seeks arrest of Maryland tenants to collect debts
Ross Barkan: How corrupt Bronx politicians helped Donald Trump cut his first big deal (City & State)
City Limits: Despite strong neighborhood opposition, de Blasio moves forward with rezoning the Jerome Avenue corridor
Steve Wishnia: City Council passes 11 bills of 12 bill-package to curb construction as harassment; 12th bill still being negotiated (The Indypendent)

Help pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council

Tenants' PAC
Help pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council
Tenants PAC has endorsed candidates in 26 of the 51 races for New York City Council. Some of our candidates do not have primary opponents in the September 12Democratic primary, or have only token opposition.
But several of them are involved in very competitive primaries, and need YOUR help. Elections are not won with targeted mailings, or with advertising – they are won by the grunt work of reaching out to individual voters, through door knocking, phone banking, street corner visibility, and similar activities, including Election Day Get Out The Vote efforts.
There are 24 days remaining until the Tuesday, September 12 primary. Please volunteer to help one or more of the following candidates endorsed by Tenants PAC. If you can give a few hours between now and September 12, and if you can do GOTV work on September 12 (the polls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm) you will be helping to make sure the new City Council is still pro-tenant.
It is best to get in touch with the campaign's field director before showing up – helps them plan.

The following Tenants PAC-endorsed candidates need your help:
                Carlina Rivera
                Keith Powers
                Ben Kallos
                Helen Rosenthal
                Mark Levine
                Diana Ayala (part Bronx)
                Bill Perkins
                Marjorie Velazquez
                Randy Abreu
                Elvin Garcia
                Francisco Moya
                Hettie Powell
                Antonio Reynoso
                Ede Fox
                Carlos Menchaca
                Brian Cunningham
                Alicka Ampry-Samuel
                Khader El-Yateem
                Deborah Rose
Details follow on all these races. Here is contact information for each of the campaigns:
(Please report any errors to Michael McKee at

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/18/2017

Tenants' PAC
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:
DNA Info: StreetEasy report finds NYC rents rose twice as fast as wages in last 7 years, except for the richest New Yorkers
New York Post: More than 500 NYC buildings are likely vacant, could be sites for affordable housing
The Real Deal: Developer puts 74 rent-stabilized Manhattan House apartments on the market
DNA Info: DiNapoli audit finds violations with Mitchell-Lama wait lists
Ross Barkan: Democrats who supported IDC in the past reverse themselves after racist attack by Dan Loeb on Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Village Voice)
State of Politics: NYS Republican chair Ed Cox praises Jeff Klein & the IDC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/15/2017

Tenants' PAC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates: 

New York Times: Organized by Housing Rights Initiative, Brooklyn tenants sue Kushner Companies, claiming systematic violation of rent laws

Daily News on the Housing Rights Initiative lawsuit against Jared Kushner's family firm

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/12/17

Tenants' PAC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Crain's: City Council passes "Stand for Tenant Safety" package of pro-tenant bills

The Real Deal: Life for bad landlords is about to get more difficult as City Council passes 18 bills to protect tenants from harassment

Tenants PAC announces endorsements for NYC candidates

Tenants' PAC

July 25, 2017: New York, N.Y. - Tenants PAC, New York's leading organization supporting pro-tenant candidates for public office, today announced their endorsements for citywide and borough-wide offices, endorsing Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/9/17

Tenants' PAC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:
New York Times: As Cuomo looks to boost national profile, pressure grows on him to reunite state senate Democrats
Capitol Confidential: Daniel Squadron announces his resignation from state senate

Daniel Squadron: Why I'm leaving the New York State Senate (Daily News OpEd)

Capitol Confidential: Assembly member Brian Kavanagh to run for Squadron's senate seat
David Leonhardt: Our broken economy, in one simple chart (New York Times interactive)
Daily News: De Blasio prevents release of report on racial breakdown of affordable housing lotteries, & bars questioning of Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen; lawsuit claims that report shows that NYC supports segregation

Gothamist: City Council grills MTA on how to fund & fix subway meltdown

Politico NY: City Council members angry that MTA head Joe Lhota skipped hearing

Gotham Gazette on City Council hearing on MTA
Jeffrey Dinowitz & Ydanis Rodriguez: Our 24 hours on the subway (Crain's OpEd)
Daily News: Subway tour by politicians find that 75 percent of people have experienced delays in last two weeks
Riders Alliance: State disinvestment in subway maintenance got us to this point, now it is Gov. Cuomo's job to find a dependable funding source (City & State)
New York Times editorial: Cuomo & GOP senate leader Flanagan need to step up on how to pay for improvements to crumbling subway system
Politico NY: Common Cause demands probe into Cuomo's bridge lighting project
New York Post editorial: Despite denials by his minions, Cuomo admits that toll hikes will be needed to pay for new Mario Cuomo Bridge

Gotham Gazette: U.S. Rep Hakeem Jeffries endorses City Council member Laurie Cumbo for re-election

Errol Louis: Build for the middle class, too (Daily News OpEd)

Newsday: Lawyers for Dean Skelos say dismissal of Shelly Silver conviction should result in same outcome
New York Post: Skelos still has $900K in his campaign fund to spend on his appeal of criminal conviction

New York Times editorial: Midtown East rezoning plan a good move overall
Gotham Gazette: August 18 is deadline to register to vote in September 12 primary election

Chris Churchill: Yes, Andrew Cuomo is vulnerable in 2018 (Albany Times Union)

State of Politics: Cynthia Nixon says "a lot of people" want her to run against Cuomo
Albany Times Union: Cynthia Nixon criticizes Cuomo on uneven education aid to rich & poor districts

Daily News: Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen owes $40K in unpaid state taxes
The Real Deal: Interview with Rob Astorino, embattled Westchester County Executive

State of Politics: De Blasio & GOP state senate leader Flanagan have lunch
Zack Fink: Flanagan's announcement about alcohol treatment sparks concern among GOP senators (State of Politics)
New York Post: Leaked emails show de Blasio bullies, threatens his staff

New York Times: Brooklyn D.A. continues to ask judges to vacate wrongful convictions, but few prosecutors are held responsible for their unethical behavior

Daily News: Brooklyn Democratic boss Frank Seddio accused of hosting illegal fundraiser for machine's judicial candidates

Albany Times Union: JCOPE moves forward with new lobbying & donor disclosure rules

Washington Post: Trump Hotel in D.C. has become a White House annex
Paste Magazine: Why is Harvard professor Laurence Tribe lying about Bernie Sanders?

The Real Deal: Museum of the Dog moves from Missouri to 101 Park Avenue


LA Weekly: Evictions from rent-controlled apartments in Los Angeles double

City & State: Convicted politicians: where are they now?

Mike McKee
Tenants' PAC · United States
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Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/7/17

Tenants' PAC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

The Real Deal: State Sen. Brad Hoylman wants DHCR to notify J-51 tenants that their landlord might be overcharging them
Jim Brennan blog: NYC residents and businesses pay virtually the entire cost of the MTA system; the State of New York pays very little

Jarrett Murphy: Most of the housing in de Blasio's 200,000-unit plan already exists (City Limits)

Ross Barkan: No IDC NY seeks to defeat rogue state senate Democrats in 2018 primaries (Village Voice)
Riverdale Press: IDC Action Group looks for candidate to challenge Jeff Klein next year

New York Post: Judge appoints receiver for two apartment buildings where the owner has continued short-term rentals through Airbnb despite court orders
Daily News: State senator Avella wants Airbnb to require photo ID from guests

Daily News: Airbnb spent more than $400K on lobbying during first six months of the year

State of Politics: A.G. Eric Schneiderman pushes ICE to end arrests at courthouses; undermines law enforcement & threatens public safety
DNA Info: Advocates demand NYPD stop warrant sweeps of homeless shelters

Manhattan Express: Helen Rosenthal's re-election meets under-the-surface opposition from Community Free Democrats
City Limits: "I am the Church. I am the State." Ruben Diaz Sr. faces younger voices in Bronx City Council primary
Daily News: How party hack lawyers knock grass roots candidates off the ballot
Gothamist: Community Land Trusts, a better housing model than de Blasio's reliance on for-profit developers to create affordable housing, gain traction

City & State: Last Week's Winners & Losers

UCOMM: Federal appeals court overturns NLRB, upholds right of employers to have union organizers arrested in violation of collective bargaining agreements

State of Politics: Shelly Silver's political club comes under scrutiny; has not filed required campaign finance reports for 18 years
New York Post: Federal appeals court grants Shelly Silver's bid to delay retrial until U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to review the case
State of Politics: Feds eye spring 2018 for Shelly Silver retrial
Big City: How the commercial rent tax drives small businesses out, leaving vacant storefronts (New York Times)
Gotham Gazette: There will be three big questions on November 7 ballot

City & State: Tracking the subway system under Gov. Andrew Cuomo (timeline)
New York Times: De Blasio will push for tax on rich to pay for subway fixes & subsidize half-price fares for low-income riders
Crain's: Cuomo hammered 2014 opponent Astorino for taking campaign $, giving contracts to Yonkers construction firm, but Cuomo has done the same, with far more money involved
Albany Times Union: Two years after JCOPE members complained of interference by Cuomo, telephone records show repeated calls from Cuomo's counsel
State of Politics: Bill Samuels will not run for governor but hopes a candidate of stature will challenge Andrew Cuomo
Wall Street Journal: Actress Cynthia Nixon joins list of possible primary foes to Andrew Cuomo
Alan Chartock: Cuomo is vulnerable in a Democratic primary (Kingston Daily Freeman)
New York Times: Before running for president, Andrew Cuomo must first deal with 2018 bid for third term as governor

Newsday editorial: Shut down Start-Up NY program, rethink economic development efforts

Oneonta Daily Star: Syracuse Mayor Stephabie Miner says Cuomo's economic development policies have failed
Jimmy Vielkind: Third term curse haunts Cuomo (Politico NY)

Newsday: State senate GOP leader John Flanagan says he has been treated for alcohol abuse

Ken Lovett: Top Flanagan staffers heading for the bills as 2018 election looms (Daily News)
State of Politics: Democrats eye Suffolk County Republican seat

Ken Lovett: Suffolk County Democratic chair denies he has cut a deal with Flanagan to allow a Republican to fill Sen. Phil Boyle's seat (Daily News)
Rick Brand: GOP angst over Suffolk County state senate seat (Newsday)

New York Times: Big de Blasio donors, now facing criminal charges, had backstage pass to City Hall

Daily News on how de Blasio catered to big donors before they were charged with corruption
Daily News: Animal rights donors to de Blasio pressed him to fulfill campaign pledge after raising big bucks for his campaign

New York Post: De Blasio reverses himself, will debate primary rivals

Gotham Gazette: GOP mayoral nominee Nicole Mlliotakis cannot receive matching funds until after Sept. 12 primary
Richard Kahlenberg: How economic zoning laws exclude people of color from white neighborhoods (New York Times)

Albany Times Union: Arguments for and against calling a constitutional convention

Mike McKee
Tenants' PAC · United States
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