Thursday, March 12, 2020

McKee's Media (excerpted) - 3/12/2020

ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:

END MCIs
ANTI-WAREHOUSING BILL
MANHATTAN DA: INVESTIGATING LANDLORD FRAUD?
UPSTATE RENT REGULATION 
ZONING




Queens Daily Eagle: Real estate industry floods Donovan Richards campaign for Queens Borough President with contributions

NON-PROFIT DONORS MAY BECOME PUBLIC
City & State: Defeated in court, Andrew Cuomo again floats bill to require nonprofits to make public disclosure of their donors

Brendan Lyons: Lawmakers seek to bypass Cuomo, win constitutional amendment to replace weak JCOPE ethics agency (Albany Times Union)




Kingston Daily Freeman: Assembly Member Kevin Cahill doubts accuracy of study that found Kingston vacancy rate exceeded 5 percent




City & State: Last Week's Winners & Losers
https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/winners-losers/winners-losers/weeks-biggest-winners-losers.html-5

Bill Mahoney: Despite Cuomo's statement that U.S. Census is a priority, state has not yet released outreach funds from last year's budget (Politico NY)
https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2020/03/07/state-slow-to-start-its-census-prep-efforts-1265981

City Limits: Emergency grants can help stop homelessness -- if you have a lawyer
https://citylimits.org/2020/03/11/emergency-grants-can-help-stop-homelessness-if-you-have-a-lawyer/

Patch: Three-way race for Brooklyn state senate seat heats up
https://patch.com/new-york/prospectheights/three-way-race-brooklyn-state-senate-seat-amps  

Erin Hudson: Brokers can charge fees at least until June as state asks for extension to respond to real estate industry's lawsuit (The Real Deal)
https://therealdeal.com/2020/03/06/three-more-months-in-limbo-broker-fee-ban-lawsuit-delayed/

Matthew Haag: Tenant advocates say brokers & landlords are violating state's new rent laws (New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/04/nyregion/nyc-rent-laws-broker-fees.html

Rich Calder: Bronx D.A. investigates anti-tenant City Council Member Mark Gjonaj for misuse of campaign funds (New York Post)
https://nypost.com/2020/03/09/bronx-district-attorneys-office-probing-councilman-mark-gjonaj/

Amanda Luz Henning Santiago: Mark Gjonaj's many unflattering headlines (City & State)
https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/news-politics/councilman-mark-gjonajs-many-unflattering-headlines.html

Walter Mosley & Alex Fennell: 421-a tax subsidy fuels gentrification (Brooklyn Eagle OpEd)
https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2020/03/04/opinion-this-state-tax-break-helps-fuel-brooklyns-gentrification/ 

Wall Street Journal: Master plan to develop Sunnyside Yards envisions $14.4 billion deck over the train yards to make room for 12,000 affordable apartments
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-queens-project-to-include-12-000-affordable-apartments-11583244000

Mike Jaccarino: "There's nobody left to lay off." How the once-great tabloid New York Daily News sank into decrepitude (Vanity Fair)
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/03/how-onetime-tabloid-king-new-york-daily-news-sank-into-decrepitude

The Intercept: Working Families Party endorses Bernie Sanders for U.S. president
https://theintercept.com/2020/03/09/working-families-party-endorses-bernie-sanders-president/

Common Dreams: Bernie Sanders crushes Trump by 18 points among independent voters in national poll
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/11/sanders-crushes-trump-18-points-among-independent-voters-new-national-general

Danny Katch: Can Bernie Sanders make the Democratic Party a Democratic Party? (The Indypendent)
https://indypendent.org/2020/02/can-bernie-sanders-make-the-democratic-party-a-democratic-party/  

Mother Jones/ProPublica: The benefits of being Joe Biden's brother
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/02/the-benefits-of-being-joe-bidens-brother/  

Nathan Robinson: Democrats, you really do not want to nominate Joe Biden (Current Affairs)
(A long but thoroughly documented & reasoned article about why Joe Biden would be a disastrous Democratic nominee, and why Democrats should support Bernie Sanders)
https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/03/democrats-you-really-do-not-want-to-nominate-joe-biden/

Albany Times Union: A century after women's suffrage, state legislature is one-third female
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/A-century-after-women-s-suffrage-female-15111289.php 

Joseph Spector: Coronavirus scams: How to protect yourself from being ripped off (Journal News)
https://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/05/coronavirus-scams-how-protect-yourself-being-ripped-off/4964505002/ 

City & State: Everything New Yorkers need to know about the 2020 U.S. Census
https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/policy/everything-new-yorkers-need-know-about-2020-census.html

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