Friday, November 20, 2020

McKee's Media Noc. 20, 2020

 


EXCERPTED
ROCHESTER EVICTIONS
WHAM-TV: After physically blocking eviction, CityWide Tenant Union demands Mayor Lovely Warren stop all evictions in Rochester (VIDEO)
WHEC-TV: Rochester tenants, housing advocates call for end to evictions during pandemic (VIDEO)

RENT STRIKES
City Limits: A look at rent strikes in NYC, as housing relief legislation lags

CITY SUES BKLYN LANDLORD
New York Post: NYC sues Brooklyn landlords who tried to evict tenants during pandemic

STATE BANS SUITS AGAINST FREE SPEECH BY TENANTS & OTHERS
Ryan Tarinelli: New state law strengthens & expands statute curbing SLAPP lawsuits (New York Law Journal)

ZONING / DEVELOPMENT
Christine Chung: New York City Council candidates split on Flushing waterfront development plan (The City)

ENVIRONMENT, COVID, AND CITY HOUSING
Christopher Werth: Pandemic has thrown a wrench into NYC's enforcement of lead paint poisoning prevention law (Gothamist/WNYC) (AUDIO)
Greg Smith: NYCHA boss says OK to independent study of how aging ventilation systems affect COVID spread in public housing (The City)
Sam Raskin: De Blasio signs bill requiring carbon refit for some rent-regulated buildings (New York Post)
Clayton Guse: MTA plots steep NYC subway, bus cuts amid COVID-19 budget crunch (Daily News)
Jim Brennan: The state must step in now to avoid a mass transit apocalypse (Gotham Gazette OpEd)
Richard Ravitch: The federal government must provide financial aid to states and municipalities (New York Times OpEd)

BUDGET AND ETHICS
Karen DeWitt: December session of state legislature has not been ruled out (NPR) (AUDIO)
Joe Mahoney: $25K raise will make Andrew Cuomo the highest-paid governor in the U.S. (Niagara Gazette)
Geoff Herbert: Cuomo says he will not take $25,000 pay raise in 2021 (Syracuse Post Standard)
Chris Bragg: After approving Cuomo's book, ethics commissioners quash greater scrutiny (Albany Times Union)
Samar Khurshid: Kallos proposes City legislation to tighten oversight of independent expenditures (Gotham Gazette)
Chris Bragg: Fears of gridlock coming true for new state redistricting panel (Albany Times Union)
Zach Williams: Several Assembly Committee chairs are open; Speaker Heastie is expected to appoint more women & people of color (City & State)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

McKee's Media - Nov. 11, 2020

 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES

Upstate Tenants Protest Evictions

Albany Times Union letter to editor: Small landlord says evictions are not the solution to pandemic crisis
CBS6 Albany: Tenants protest resumption of evictions outside Troy marshal's office
Matt Hunter: Citizen Action & VOCAL NY members protest against evictions in Troy (Spectrum News) (VIDEO)

Elections

Chris Bragg: Outstanding absentee ballots in contested state senate races offer clues to final outcomes (Albany Times Union)

Samar Khurshid: Brooklyn, Staten Island Democrats look to absentee ballots to overcome election night deficits (Gotham Gazette)

Shant Shahrigian: Candidates for 5 New York City Council seats start sprint to special elections (Daily News)

Denis Slattery: Gianaris proposes legislation to allow earlier counting of absentee ballots (Daily News)

Denis Slattery: Green & Libertarian political parties face loss of their automatic ballot lines as the Working Families Party avoids the same fate (Daily News)

Emma Fitzsimmons: What Biden's win could mean for NYC: 5 takeaways (New York Times)

State Budget
Danny Katch: Albany's failure to tax the rich is leading to a health care disaster as second COVID wave looms (The Indypendent)

State bans frivolous lawsuits meant to punish free speech

Edward McKinley: Cuomo signs Hoylman-Weinstein bill to curb SLAPP lawsuits designed to chill free speech (Albany Times Union)

New York Times editorial: New York's new anti-SLAPP legislation is long overdue

Miscellaneous
Gabriel Sandovar: Bronx pastor bargained for a new church in selling his congregation's land, accuses developer of bad faith (The City)



Saturday, November 7, 2020

BIDEN WON! and McKee's Media November 7, 2020

 BIDEN  AND HARRIS WON!








ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:


EVICTIONS
Michael DeMasi: Apartment evictions resume in Albany County despite supposed pandemic protections (Albany Business Review)
Allison Dikanovic: Clarification on eviction moratorium & housing court procedures for NYC tenants (The City)

STATE ELECTION
Morgan McKay: State senate Democrats predict that absentee ballots will favor some of their candidates who were behind on Election Day (NY State of Politics) (VIDEO)
Ryan Tarinelli: Key races for state senate will come down to absentee ballots (New York Law Journal)
Samar Khurshid: The state of play in the state senate as preparations continue for counting of absentee ballots (Gotham Gazette)
Amandra Fries: New York State Legislature leans further left as DSA candidates win new seats (Albany Times Union)
Clifford Michel: How the Trumpian red wave gave south Brooklyn & Staten Island GOP a lifeline (The City)
STATE ECONOMY
Anna Gronewald: NYS financial update predicts $15 billion revenue loss (Politico NY)
Nick Reisman: Cuomo counts on Biden to make deal on coronavirus aid (NY State of Politics)
Karen DeWitt: With elections over, NYS must resolve a multi-billion dollar deficit (NPR) (AUDIO)
Jeff Andrews: 11 NYC infrastructure projects President Biden should fund (Curbed)
Erik Engquist: Four things Biden could do for NYC real estate that Trump didn't (The Real Deal)
Orion Jones: Prospect of divided government rallies real estate stocks (The Real Deal)
Bloomberg News: Stock market surges on day after election, adding $57.4 billion in wealth to the 167 U.S. billionaires
Reuters: Airbnb to make IPO filing public next week despite COVID-19 surge




Thursday, November 5, 2020

McKee's Media - Nov. 4, 2020

  


ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES


STATE RENT RELIEF AND PENDING STATE RENT LAW

The Real Deal: NYS denied rent relief to 57,000 applicants, has distributed only $23 million of $100 million available
Amanda Fries: More than 60 percent of applicants for state rent relief were 

denied (Albany Times Union)

Georgia Kromrei: Bill that would give landlords a hard deadline to make court-ordered repairs awaits Gov. Cuomo's signature (The Real Deal)

THE PANDEMIC AND REAL ESTATE

The Real Deal: Predatory equity outfits raise funds to scoop up distressed properties, but still looking for distress
Nick Reisman: How the 2020 vote & the NYS budget crisis intersect (NY State of Politics)
Hugh Son: High earners in finance & tech explain why they left "the world's greatest city" (CNBC)
Boston Review: COVID-19 provides all the more reason to tax the rich
Daily News OpEd: Small property owners call for permanent end of tax lien sales
Brick Underground: Some NYC landlords offer three months of free rent to fill apartments
The Real Deal: NYC commercial property tax delinquencies jump 50 percent over last year

U.S. SUPREME COURT AND RENT LAWS
Leonard Goodman: The real reason Democrats did not stop the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett (Chicago Reader/Portside)
Kathryn Brenzel: U.S. Supreme Court shift could favor landlords in rent law challenge (The Real Deal)
D.D. Guttenplan: The U.S. Supreme Court has never been on the side of working people, but has been a reliable servant of money & power (The Nation)

STATE BUDGET
New York Post: Cuomo waiting until after election before taking budget action