Wednesday, March 24, 2021

McKee's Media - March 24, 2021

 


GOVERNMENT AID FOR LANDLORDS/TENANTS
Katherine Fung: Second round of NYS rent relief only distributes $7 million of $60 million available (Gothamist)
Will Parker: Some landlords don't want any of the $50 billion in rent assistance approved by Congress, say it comes with too many conditions (Wall Street Journal) (AUDIO)
Georgia Kromrei: Some landlords shun federal rent relief over program requirements (The Real Deal)
Josh Cohen: HUD has $10 million per year for tenant organizing. Why won't the agency spend it? (Shelterforce)

The Real Deal: Real estate reps react to revelation that many brokers illegally reject tenants with Section 8 vouchers

DOES RENT REGULATION WORK?
Shane Phillips: Renting is terrible. Owning is worse. A third option is needed (The Atlantic)
Miriam Axel-Lute: Shelterforce weighs progress on rent control & rental assistance over the last few decades

CHUTZPAH.  CROMAN NEEDS MORE TIME TO PAY FINE:
Vacancies he caused means not enough tenants to pay rent, so his income dropped. 
Kathryn Brenzel: Judge gives Steve Croman an extension of deadline for final $2 million payment in tenant restitution (The Real Deal)

BAN NO-CAUSE EVICTIONS AND RENT HIKES for 5 YEARS!
Kathryn Brenzel: Housing advocates pressure Albany to ban no cause evictions & rent hikes for five years (The Real Deal)

HOMELESSNESS (Lucerne Hotel)
Jake Offenhartz: As dispute over Upper West Side hotel continues, NIMBY attorney Randy Mastro hires detectives to spy on homeless activist (Gothamist)

PREDATORY EQUITY
Bloomberg: House-flipping investors are throwing cash at a red-hot U.S. housing market

NYS BUDGET and TAX THE RICH
Daily News: Hundreds march on Heastie's Manhattan office, demand he impeach Cuomo & tax the rich
WSYR: Syracuse activists rally for Invest in Our New York Act (VIDEO)

Sunday, March 21, 2021

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

McKee's Media - 3/17/2021

 


ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:

FEDERAL COURT DISMISSES LANDLORDS SUIT AGAINST HSTPA

Molly Crane-Newman: Federal judge dismisses NYC landlords' lawsuit, upholding constitutionality of 2019 rent laws (Daily News)

88 LANDLORDS SUED FOR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST VOUCHER HOLDERS
Matthew Haag: Housing Rights Initiative lawsuit accuses 88 NYC landlords of illegal discrimination in renting (New York Times)

R.I.P.  Chris Libonati: Douglas Barclay, GOP patriarch from Central New York, dead at 88 (Syracuse Post-Standard)
NOTE: Senator Barclay was sponsor of the 1975 Warranty of Habitability Law

HOTELS AND THE HOMELESS: Nicholas Slayton: Hotels can play a crucial role in long-term housing for homeless people (Shelterforce) 

TAX THE RICH - NYS BUDGET
New York Post: State Senate & Assembly release budget proposals with $7 billion in new taxes on the most affluent New Yorkers
Christopher Robbins: State lawmakers want higher taxes on the rich, but shy away from billionaires' tax (Gothamist)
Assembly Member Marcela Mitaynes: It's time for a wealth tax (The Indypendent)
Edward McKinley: New York State enters budget season: marijuana legalization, wealth tax & sports betting (Albany Times Union)
Rob Katz: From Brooklyn to Buffalo, socialists are organizing to tax the rich (The Indypendent)
Morgan McKay: Senate and Assembly pass one-house budget bills, with increased taxes on rich New Yorkers (NY State of Politics) (VIDEO)
Clayton Guse: Lawmakers sink Cuomo's plan to raid $160 million from mass transit funds (Daily News)
Tom Precious: As NYS budget bargaining begins, which Cuomo will be in the room? (Buffalo News)
Zach Williams: Three issues to watch in state budget negotiations (City & State)
Kathryn Brenzel: Real estate execs slam Senate & Assembly one-house budget proposals (The Real Deal)
Nick Reisman: What's a Big Ugly? The mothership? A guide to Albany-isms (NY State of Politics)


What do the Mayoral candidates think on housing and homelessness for NYC?

Gotham Gazette: Democratic Mayoral Candidates Outline Housing, Homelessness Plans


From McKee's Media, March 17, 2021: 

Howard Wolfson: Interview with Dianne Morales, candidate for NYC Mayor (Bloomberg)

Andrew Siff on race for NYC Mayor: Yang, Wiley, Stringer & Adams emerge as early frontrunners (NBC New York) (VIDEO)