Tuesday, February 16, 2021

McKee's Media - 2/15/2021

 





ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES

(excerpted from Michael McKee's emails)

HOUSING POLICY
Jose Lopez & Barika Williams: NYC needs an Integrated Housing Plan to end homelessness & promote racial equity (Gotham Gazette OpEd)
Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani: How socialists solved the housing crisis (The Gravel Institute) (VIDEO) (MUST VIEWING)

HARDSHIP DECLARATIONS NEEDED TO HALT EVICTIONS TIL MAY 1
Emma Whitford: Few tenants have filed anti-eviction hardship declaration, stirring unease (Law360)
Claudia Irizarry Aponte: NYC families caught in rent assistance Catch-22 sue to sidestep state blockade (The City)

HOUSING DISCRMINATION
Nick Reisman: State senate passes housing discrimination bills (NY State of Politics)

TAX THE RICH!
Nick Reisman: Fiscal Policy Institute releases new report says taxing the rich can spur recovery (NY State of Politics)
Michael Kink & Becky Saletan: The Wall Street tax New York needs now (Daily News OpEd)
Emilie Munson: Pelosi rebuts Cuomo's claim that pending federal aid shortchanges New York (Albany Times Union)
Spectrum News: Protesters across the state urge Cuomo to support the Invest in Our New York Act (VIDEO)
13WHAM: Protesters call for NYS to help New Yorkers facing homelessness, addiction (VIDEO)

Denis Slattery: Dems consider rescinding Cuomo's emergency powers in response to nursing home cover-up (Daily News)
Chris Churchill: Andrew Cuomo's Nixonian penchant for secrecy and paranoia are behind the nursing home cover-up; his reputation is now in tatters (Albany Times Union OpEd)

ECONOMY AND VACANCY RATE
Georgia Kromrei: Albany lawmakers introduce new COVID rent relief bill (The Real Deal)
Kathryn Brenzel: De Blasio says Cuomo's plan to convert old office buildings to housing is a giveaway to landlords
Shant Sharigian: Nearly 70 percent of NYC jobs lost in 2020 were held by people of color (Daily News)
Amy Plitt: Manhattan & Brooklyn renters signed new leases in January in record numbers (The Real Deal)
Beth Fertig: New report says NYC recovery might drag out until 2023, or even later (Gothamist/WNYC) (AUDIO)

NYC MAYORAL RACE AND OTHER ELECTIONS
Samar Khurshid: Democratic NYC mayoral candidates offer Albany agendas, strategies for accomplishing them (Gotham Gazette)
Gotham Gazette: WATCH: Democratic mayoral candidates outline their Albany agendas (VIDEO)
New York Times: Zoom fatigue on the campaign trail: 5 takeaways from the NYC mayoral race
Kathryn Brenzel: Construction union sizes up NYC mayoral hopefuls (The Real Deal)
Katie Honan: Real estate titans spent $221K on special election for Queens City Council seat, and have at least $1.2 million for other races (Wall Street Journal)

MISCELLANEOUS
Rebecca Rosenberg: NYC Dept. of Buildings inspector busted for taking $1.200 bribe (New York Post)
Wall Street Journal: New York prosecutors investigate financial dealings with four Manhattan Trump buildings
Conor Dougherty: The Californians are coming. So is their housing crisis (New York Times)
Katherine Kallergis: Miami-Dade mayor launches $60 million relief program for landlords (The Real Deal)

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