Thursday, September 17, 2020

McKee's Media - Sept. 17 2020

 ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES

Affordable housing development

Landlords can't go after personal finances of small business owners

Homeless in Hotels - NIMBYism  (Mayor has since paused moving them out of the Lucerne)
Nikita Stewart: Caving to NIMBY protesters, de Blasio announces he will move homeless men from Upper West Side hotel back to shelters (New York Times)
Shant Shahrigian: Elected officials, UWS residents slam de Blasio over plan to move homeless men out of Lucerne Hotel (Daily News)
Janaki Chadha: De Blasio reaps public scorn, internal dissent over his caving in to NIMBY protesters (Politico NY)
Daily News: Homeless musical chairs: De Blasio boots disabled from midtown hotel to make way for men being moved from Upper West Side hotel
Janaki Chadha: Legal Aid Society to sue de Blasio over moving residents with disabilities out of midtown hotel (Politico NY)
Daily News editorial: By caving in to NIMBY protesters on Upper West Side, de Blasio makes a bad situation worse

Rent Drop in NYC (not in poor neighborhoods)
Robert Frank: Manhattan rental market plunges, leaving 15,000 empty apartments in August (CNBC)
Rachel Holliday Smith: What rent drop? Unlike Manhattan, listed prices on vacant apartments aren't budging in low income neighborhoods where COVID-19 hit hardest (The City)
Oshrat Carmiel: Manhattan rental supply soars, creating problems for landlords to find new tenants (Bloomberg News) (VIDEO)
Erin Hudson: Manhattan rental vacancy rate hits the 5 percent mark (The Real Deal)
Emily Davenport: Some NYC neighborhoods saw purchase price drops in August (amny)
Georgia Kromrei: Market-rate rental payments nationwide down to lowest rate since start of pandemic (The Real Deal)

Taxing the rich:
Zack Fink: Cuomo opens door to raising taxes on the rich if Washington doesn't deliver aid (New York 1 News) (VIDEO)
Petra Kelly-Voicu: Economists urge Cuomo to impose billionaire tax (Kings County Politics)
New York 1 News: Economist Jared Bernstein explains to Errol Louis why increasing taxes on the rich is a necessary partial solution to NYS budget crisis (VIDEO)
Ross Barkan: Mike Bloomberg raised taxes to avoid NYC economic collapse. Andrew Cuomo still won't do it. We will be in trouble if he doesn't (Political Currents)
Amanda Fries: Jessica Ramos, Carmen De La Rosa push bill to tax the rich to finance an "excluded workers" fund (Albany Times Union)
Rachel Silberstein: Capital District Assembly Members call for wealth tax to fund public schools (Albany Times Union) 
Cynthia Nixon: In 2 phone calls, I just learned who counts in NY.  NY Times
Mihir Zaveri: Is taxing the rich the answer to NYS budget deficit? (New York Times OpEd)

Relief Funds
VOTING ON NOV. 3
Carl Campanile: New York voters will be able to deliver absentee ballots to drop-off boxes (New York Post)
Jon Campbell: Thousands of voters who applied for absentee ballots prior to August 20 claiming "temporary illness" due to COVID will have to reapply (Journal News) (VIDEO)
Michael Gormley: 221,000 New Yorkers file online applications for absentee ballots -- in one week (Newsday)
Carl Campanile: Cuomo urged to release $50 million to prevent COVID-19 election chaos (New York Post)

Candidates for NYC races



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