Monday, February 27, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/23/2017



Tenants' PAC
DEVELOPMENT & LANDLORDS

421-a TAX BREAK
Tenant/Inquilino: Cuomo's rebranded 421-a an even bigger giveaway to luxury developers  (Will the Assembly Democrats stop this boondoggle, or roll over for it?)

BUDGET & SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

HOMELESSNESS

STAYING IN MITCHELL-LAMA
Habitat Magazine on the dilemma facing Mitchell-Lama coops

Below:
Albany politcians and Trump
Constitutional convention
Elections
Ethics
Miscellaneous


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/16/17



Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/17/17



Tenants' PAC

421A

REZONING, DEVELOPMENT, TENANT DANGER
  
AIR BnB

CUOMO HOUSING POLICIES: UNAFFORDABLE
Delsenia Glover & Jeremy Saunders: Andrew Cuomo's housing policies

END TO NUISANCE LAW EVICTIONS WITHOUT WARNING


Below:
Elections
Mayor de Blasio's State of the City address
IDC Turncoats in State Senate
Miscellaneous
Anti-Trump Activity

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/11/17



Tenants' PAC
MILLIONAIRE TAX
Capitol Connection: Cuomo asks if tax on millionaires is so bad, why 
haven't they left New York State?

IDC TURNCOATS
Kings County Politics: Jesse Hamilton says attacks on him for
 defecting to IDC are racist and sexist
Observer: Jesse Hamilton closes district office rather than 
face protesters
Ross Barkan: Meet the most vulnerable fence-sitting Democrat
 in Albany (Village Voice)
Gothamist: Rogue Democrats in IDC face wrath of the Trump
 resistance
Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC): Times reporter Vivian Yee on the
 IDC backlash 
(14-minute audio) 
Politico: Queens County Democratic Party might run candidate
 against Peralta 
in next year's primary
Kings County Politics: Diane Savino says solution to Democratic
 disunity in 
 state senate is to make Jeff Klein the leader
Thanks, IDC! (new web site)
DNA Info: Petiton calls on Peralta to leave the IDC
 or resign

KUSHNER vs. TENANTS
The Real Deal: Kushner Williamsburg building plagued 
by rodent 
infestation
New York Patch: Video of rat crawling across baby's crib
 in Kushner Williamsburg building

DEVELOPMENT
City Limits: City picks developer for East Harlem site, 
to widespread community disappointment

Below:
Elections

Ethics
DHCR Leader to change
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/7/17



Tenants' PAC
Gothamist: How to take action against Trump
 this week

421-a and MILLIONAIRES TAX

Below:
Elections
Ethics
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/3/17



Tenants' PAC
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

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/25/17



Tenants' PAC
TRUMP AND TENANTS



421-A and MILLIONAIRES' TAX - something for tenants?
Pro Publica: Cuomo's revised 421-a bill would allow landlords to deregulate units while still receiving tax subsidies, major change from past law

TURNCOAT DEMOCRATS (IDC)
New York Times: State Senator Jose Peralta of Queens joins turncoat Democrats
Ross Barkan: Jeff Klein & his turncoat Democrats continue to call the shots, dooming hope of a Democratic state senate (Village Voice)

BELOW:
City Budget affecting affordable housing 
Landlord vs. tenants
Ethics
Elections
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/20/17

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/18/17



Tenants' PAC
MARCH WITH TENANTS ON SATURDAY, January 21 - Fight back against Trump!
Join the Women's March: Met Council on Housing is organizing a tenant delegation. Meet at 11:00 am at Lexington Avenue & East 43rd St.

TRUMP AS BIGGEST LANDLORD (and SON-IN-LAW JARED KUSHNER)

CONSTRUCTION AS HARASSMENT

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/5/17

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/12/17



Tenants' PAC
CONSTRUCTION/PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Below: 
NYCHA
Homless
Construction deaths
Proteccting tenants
Gov. Cuomo and Albany Politics
Trump and Jared Kushner
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 12/17/16



From Tenants PAC
ProPublica: The City Council vote that made NYC rents so high

Below:
421-A
Landlords vs. Tenants
Tenant Safety
Homeless
Development & Zoning
Campaign Finance and Elections
Discrimination in NYCHA (criminal records)
HUD and Ben Carson

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NYC Enacts Right to Counsel in Housing Court!

Tenants have won a huge victory:  Lawyers will provided free for tenants whose household income is under $50,000 (for a family of 4), and those with more income will get free legal counseling (but not representation) in court.

NY Times Editorial
A Housing Solution: Lawyers for Tenants





Councilman Mark Levine spoke in September in support of legislation to offer legal assistance to lower-income tenants facing eviction. Credit Dave Sanders, NY Times

EXCERPT:  At a time when America’s most powerful landlord, President Trump, has threatened to put legal services for the poor on the chopping block, New York City is pointing in another direction, toward justice for those who can’t always afford to pay for it themselves.