Tuesday, September 5, 2017

McKee's Media - 8/29/2017


Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Patch: De Blasio signs 18 tenant protections bills into law

Brownstoner: Habitat for Humanity NYC form Community Land Trusts to keep housing permanently affordable

The Real Deal: Jared Kushner's real estate empire is under threat from debt load

Moses Gates: How a pied-a-terre tax could help solve New York City's housing crisis (City & State)

Gotham Gazette: Voters Guide (interactive) for the Sept. 12, 2017 primary elections

Gothamist: Bad landlords poised to profit from de Blasio plan to turn rent-stabilized buildings into long-term homeless shelters

Gotham Gazette: Non-profit NYCHA support organization has raised $1.5 million to date



Capitol Confidential: A.G. Schneiderman cautions New Yorkers to be wary of Hurricane Harvey charity scams

NBC News: Asking rents in NYC at an all-time high in July

New York Times: Denny Farrell retires from state assembly after 42 years

NYS Constitutional Convention
Bill Mahoney: Shadow of 1967 constitutional convention hovers over this year's vote (Part One) (Politico NY)

State of Politics: False rumor spreads that failing to vote on constitutional convention referendum will automatically be recorded as a "yes" vote

Ross Barkan: Arguments for and against a constitutional convention (Village Voice)


New York Times: Village Voice fires 13 of 17 union workers after ending print edition

Gotham Gazette: Mass mailing loophole gives state legislators advantage in City Council races

IDC and Upcoming City Elections
Albany Times Union editorial: Will Board of Elections lawsuit be a wake-up call for the IDC?

City & State: Mark Gjonaj runs TV ad featuring Jeff Klein in Bronx City Council race

Daily News: Francisco Moya demonstrates that he lives in Corona, despite accusations from primary rival Hiram Monserrate

New York Post: Hiram Monserrate just might claw his way back into City Council 

Daily News: Lefrak City residents sue Board of Elections over relocation of polling site, accuse Queens Board of Elections of disenfranchising them

Gotham Gazette: Carlos Menchaca fights multiple challengers in Sunset Park/Red Hook City Council primary

DNA Info: Carlos Menchaca outpaces rivals in fundraising in heated Sunset Park City Council primary

DNA Info: Landlord with numerous code violations and history of illegal overcharges runs against Carlos Menchaca

Amsterdam News endorses Carlina Rivera, Marti Speranza, Helen Rosenthal, Cordell Cleare & others for New York City Council

Gotham Gazette: Three candidates compete for SE Queens City Council seat

State of Politics: Cuomo endorses Adrienne Adams for SE Queens City Council seat

Daily News: Autistic ex-staffer suing Council Member Vincent Gentile for discrimination accuses candidate of participating in abuse

The Villager: District 2 candidates make their case for why they should replace Rosie Mendez in City Council

The Villager: A second District 2 debate focuses on housing & preservation

DNA Info: Two challengers take on Ben Kallos for Upper East Side Council seat

New York Times: With primary days away, de Blasio rolls out $2 million TV ad campaign

City & State: This Week's Winners & Losers

Crain's: De Blasio still thinks he can help Democrats capture state senate next year

Politico NY: Melissa Mark-Viverito continues to raise funds for future run

New York Times: New Kings Democrats try to reform Brooklyn Democratic Party

New York Post: Former director of Tenant Interim Lease program sues City, says he was fired in retaliation for complaining about corrupt tenant-selection process

Corruption
Politico NY: Federal special counsel probing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort teams up with NYS A.G. Eric Schneiderman

Daily News: Why Eric Schneiderman could be Donald Trump's greatest fear in Russia probe


Village Voice: Environmental groups up in arms over Cuomo proposal to build new luxury camping facilities in the Adirondack Forest Preserve

Daily News: Court of Appeals rules that de Blasio can run on WFP line in November

Gotham Gazette: Extraordinary district leader ballot feud heads to state's highest court

From: Michael McKee of Tenants PAC

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