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)


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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

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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