Friday, November 29, 2019

McKee's Media - Nov. 29, 2019

LANDLORDS UPSET AT NEW HOUSING LAW
John Leland: Real Estate thought it was invincible in New York. It wasn't. How the industry plans to rebound after a tough year (New York Times)
Josh Barbanel: NYC evictions are plunging under new rent control law (Wall Street Journal)
Georgia Kromrei: National landlord groups fund RSA/CHIP lawsuit against New York State rent law (The Real Deal)
Kathryn Brenzel: REBNY's new president James Whelan promises more aggressive effort to fight tenant protections (The Real Deal)
Middletown Times Herald-Record: New Windsor manufactured homes tenants protest upcoming rent hike
Elizabeth Kim: Met with unrelenting tenant opposition, landlord of Atlantic Plaza Towers backs down on installing facial recognition technology (Gothamist)

NEW RENT LAW:  STATEWIDE AND MOBILE HOME PARKS
Anna Gronewold: City of Albany moves towards opting into state rent control law (Politico NY)
Jeremy Moule: Rochester takes first step toward rent stabilization as mayor agrees to conduct vacancy survey (Rochester City Newspaper)


CITY DOESN'T COLLECT LANDLORD FINES / LANDLORDS ASK FOR $$
Gothamist: NYC fines landlords for lead but rarely comes to collect
Kathryn Brenzel: REBNY asks City to help landlords pay for lead abatement (The Real Deal)
NYCHA
Greg Smith: NYCHA monitor being paid $600 per hour (The City)

HOMELESS
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Jehovah's Witnesses DUMBO hotel will become housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers

DISCRIMINATION AND DISPLACEMENT
Newsday: Black homebuyers & renters face discrimination from Long Island real estate brokers 
David Cruz: Special report: The vanishing Bronx homeowner (Norwood News)
New York Times: As Newark rebuilds, could black residents be pushed out?
Michael Kimmelman: Essex Crossing is the anti-Hudson Yards (New York Times)
New York Times: Surging rents, housing shortage leave working-class Californians at risk of displacement  

CAMPAIGN FINANCE "REFORM" AND ALBANY ETHICS
Bill Mahoney: Everybody -- except minor parties -- gets something in campaign finance deal (Politico NY)
Tom Precious on the public campaign finance deal (Buffalo News)
Jesse McKinley: Public Campaign Finance Commission deal takes aim at the Working Families Party, threatening to put it & other minor parties out of business (New York Times)
Jumaane Williams: Campaign finance reform was designed to fail, legislature must return to Albany to enact meaningful plan (Albany Times Union OpEd)
Brendan Lyons: Top Assembly counsel contacted JCOPE member appointed by Heastie after vote on whether to investigate Cuomo's enforcer Joe Percoco (Albany Times Union)
Ross Barkan: Watchdogs, progressive legislators say that JCOPE was designed to fail, push Krueger-Carroll constitutional amendment to form new independent agency (Gothamist)
Brendon Lyons: Inspector General says it is unable to substantiate claim that someone illegally leaked JCOPE information about Percoco probe vote; despite evidence that Cuomo & Heastie discussed it, I.G. interviewed neither of them (Albany Times Union)
New York Post: Government watchdog organizations blast I.G. review of Cuomo leak scandal as "box checking" exercise
Buffalo News: Cuomo's Buffalo Billion plant is worth 8 percent of what New York State spent on building & equipping it, as auditors write down its value by $884 million

AirBnB
Luis Ferré-Sadurní: Apartment in Chelsea public housing development illegally rented on Airbnb (New York Times)  
WBUR: Boston registration program for registration of short-term rentals kicks in: Airbnb must boot all unregistered hosts from its platform

New York Times editorial: Billionaires have their facts backwards: higher taxes on the rich will not slow innovation or investment

ALBANY BUDGET WOES
Joseph Spector: New York State faces the largest budget deficit in a decade (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
Susan Arbetter: State budget cuts are coming; "it won't be pretty" (Spectrum News) (VIDEO)

Crain's: Asking rents for Manhattan retail spaces have dropped
NBC: It has never been this expensive to rent in NYC (StreetEasy report)

New York Post: Two Republican City Council members from Staten Island call for borough to secede from New York City


Bernadette Hogan: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Green Light law granting driver's licenses to undocumented New Yorkers (New York Post)

Mohsin Hamid: In the 21st century, we are all migrants (National Geographic)

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