Monday, July 25, 2022

McKee's Media - July 21, 2022

 ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:

UPSTATE
Jesse Smith: Kingston Common Council schedules July 26 hearing on opting into rent control, schedules vote for July 28 (Kingston Wire)

Courtney Ward: Albany protestors call on Gov. Hochul, Assembly Members Fahy & McDonald to pass good cause eviction bill (News 10) (VIDEO)

Vince Briga: Binghamton landlord arrested for failure to appear in court on code violations; Mayor says it's just the beginning (Spectrum News) (VIDEO)


Casey Seiler: Andrew Cuomo's favorite judge resigns under an ethical cloud (Albany Times Union). (This may change the composition and direction of the state's highest court.)



HOTELS INTO HOUSING?

PENN STATION
David Porter: Hochul, Adams announce agreement on funding for new Penn Station (Seattle Times/AP)

MONEY & POLITICIANS
Greg David: Eric Adams wants to promote homeownership by people of color (The City) 
https://www.thecity.nyc/2022/7/18/23220773/eric-adams-homeownership

David Brand: Pressed for shelter space, NYC turns to notorious landlords with ties to mayor's chief of staff (City Limits

City & State: Tracking the contested state senate August 23 primaries 

Annie McDonough: Redistricting commission releases draft New York City Council maps for 2023 election (City & State)

Jeff Coltin: Rivera, Niou and Goldman form top tier in new poll for 10th congressional district; de Blasio has withdrawn(City & State)

Jeff Coltin: Yuh-Line Niou and Carlina Rivera tied for first in another new poll for 10th congressional district (City & State)

Theodore Hamm: Carlina Rivera raises money from landlords as Yuh-Line Niou stakes out clear control of the left lane in race for 10th congressional district (The Indypendent)

Gothamist: NYC real estate industry dumps lots of money into primary for 10th congressional district, especially to Rivera, Goldman & Jones

Jeff Coltin: Mondaire Jones swore off Goldman Sachs money -- but took donations from its top lobbyists (City & State)

City & State: In seventh place in two polls, Bill de Blasio drops out of race for new 10th congressional district 
The City: De Blasio can use the $500K he raised for aborted congressional run as a slush fund to pay off his debts


Nicholas Fandos: Carolyn Maloney lends $900K to her congressional campaign against Jerry Nadler (New York Times)

Zach Williams: State senate wannabe David Yassky claims false endorsements (New York Post)

Chris Bragg: Carpenters union plans $1 million Independent Expenditure to help Hochul + some Democratic senators (Albany Times Union)

Carl Campanile: Here's the $93K proof that Andrew Cuomo tried to make a political comeback (New York Post)

David Alexis & Alex Vitale: A new deal for public safety (Gotham Gazette Opinion)
https://www.gothamgazette.com/health/130-opinion/11447-new-deal-public-safety-nyc

Bobby Cuza: Former Brooklyn Assembly Member Al Vann dies at 87 (New York 1) (VIDEO)
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2022/07/15/albert-vann--a-towering-figure-in-brooklyn-politics--dies-at-87

Politico New York Playbook: Ex-Cuomo crew has thoughts

DEED THEFT AND EVICTION
Chau Lam: Brooklyn man faces eviction from home he has owned for more than 50 years (Gothamist


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Friday, April 22, 2022

McKee's Media - April 22, 2022

 

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates

 

 

 

 (Excerpted from Michael McKee's weekly email)

LANDLORDS HOLD APTS OFF MARKET

Matt Troutman: Manhattan landlords hold 50 percent of vacant apartments off the market (YieldPro)
 

GOOD CAUSE EVICTION LAW

Christian Garzone: State lawmakers, tenants push good cause eviction law at Rochester town hall (Rochester First) (VIDEO)
Emily Putnam: Rochester advocates push state legislature to pass good cause eviction bill (WHEC) (VIDEO)

RACE AGAINST RENT HIKE

Ross Barkan: The race against the rent hike; NYC Mayor Eric Adams plans to raise rents (Political Currents)
New York Post: Mayor Eric Adams says landlords need a rent increase

Aaron Ginsburg: NYC Rent Guidelines Board recommends rent increases up to 9 percent for rent-stabilized tenants (6sqft)

The City: NYC rent board staff floats rent hikes between 2.7 and 9 percent in setup to final vote

Michael Gartland: NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams demand Mayor Eric Adams increase funding for housing, homelessness (Daily News)

Washington Post: Rents are rising everywhere. See how much prices are up in your area

EVICTIONS RISING (NOT ENOUGH LAWYERS)

Jennifer Bisram: NYC tenants facing eviction as courts accelerate cases, tenants cannot get free legal help (WPIX) (VIDEO)

Molly Crane-Newman: NYC Housing Court crisis: Shortage of lawyers forces tenants to represent themselves despite Right to Counsel law (Daily News)

Chau Lam: NY City Council Member Shaun Abreu asks Gov. Hochul to save Right to Counsel law (Gothamist)
 

Jennifer White Karp: NYC rental market is bonkers: Manhattan's net effective monthly median rent was $3,644 in March; $2,955 in Brooklyn (Brick Underground)

Alex Love: Cornell study shows link between evictions and crime in Rochester neighborhoods (Rochester First) (VIDEO)

AZCentral: Arizona eviction filings are climbing to pre-pandemic levels. Housing advocates demand change (VIDEO) 

HOMELESS PEOPLE PROTEST/STAY LONGER IN SHELTERS

Jessica Meditz: Ridgewood Tenants Union organizer Raquel Namuche defiant after arrest in police sweep of homeless encampment (Queens Ledger)

Alex Press: On homelessness, Eric Adams has made sadism NYC's official policy (Jacobin)

Mara Gay: On homelessness, Eric Adams needs a little religion (New York Times Opinion)

Chau Lam: Fewer families in NYC shelters, but length of stay has grown (Gothamist)

Sara Dorn: Jumaane Williams proposes homeless bill of rights (City & State)

 

LANDLORDS DOUBLE-DIPPING &  MORE

Suzannah Cavanagh: A.G. Letitia James says landlords who got rent aid are illegally raising rents (The Real Deal)

Patrick Lakamp: As case proceeded without him, landlord sold houses where 29 Buffalo children were lead poisoned (Buffalo News)

REDISTRICTING

Nicholas Fandos: Appellate court rejects new congressional lines, says Democrats engaged in illegal partisan gerrymandering; upholds legislative lines (New York Times)
Nick Reisman: Judge appoints special master to draw new district lines, as appeal process continues (NY State of Politics)

STATE BUDGET

Kathryn Brenzel: Real estate winners and losers, state budget edition (The Real Deal)
City & State: Winners and losers in the state budget

ZERO EMPLOYEES FOR VOUCHER DISCRIMINATION ENFORCEMENT

David Brand: NYC's long-understaffed voucher discrimination unit now has zero employees (City Limits)

SAN FRANCISCO LAW: LANDLORDS MUST BARGAIN WITH TENANT ASSOCIATIONS

Jack Ross: San Francisco ordinance requires landlords to recognize tenant associations, bargain in good faith (Capital and Main/Portside)
 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Stop landlords from creating a false housing shortage

 TONIGHT AT 6:30 PM on Zoom 

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The management of 50 West 97th Street refuses to offer for rent 9 vacant rent stabilized apartments.  The management is just warehousing them. And that's just one building.


So landlords are creating a fake shortage of apartments, and then offering to relieve it if the state will let them double the rents every 5 years by permitting vacancy bonuses again. (In the past, landlords got a 20% increase every time a rent stabilized apartment became vacant. If tenants were harassed out by certain landlords, that could mean a new tenant every year - and that would result in a 100% rent increase after 5 or so years without the landlord even having to slap on a coat of paint.)

Tonight the Coalition to End Apartment Warehousing is hosting a Zoom Town Hall about this issue.  Join us!

6:30 PM.  
By phone: 646 558 8656 (meeting ID: 83569891685#)




Saturday, April 2, 2022

McKee's Media for March 29 and April 1, 2022

EXCERPTED FROM MICHAEL McKEE's 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES

 

 

REDISTRICTING IN LIMBO

Sara Dorn: Judge rejects new congressional and legislative maps as unconstitutional, orders state legislature to redraw them; legislature to appeal decision (City & State)

SO IS STATE BUDGET

Nick Reisman: State budget in limbo as April 1 deadline will be missed (NY State of Politics)

Zach Williams: As budget deadline looms, progressives turn to activist tactics on state budget (City & State)

Susan Arbetter: The latest on housing issues in NYS budget (Capital Tonight) (VIDEO)

Denis Slattery: Hochul faces backlash on Buffalo Bills stadium deal, bail reform rollbacks as budget talks continue; nine tenant advocates arrested pushing for good cause eviction and against 421-a renewal (Daily News)

Fernando Martínez: (14 arrested in Manhattan protesting 2023 budget for lack of affordable housing support) Arrestan a 14 en Manhattan durante protesta para que se incluyan planes de viviendas asequibles en el presupuesto 2023 (El Diario)


421-A TAX GIVEAWAY

Suzannah Cavanaugh: Housing Rights Initiative generates lawsuits against two more landlords who flouted rent stabilization rules under the 421-a tax giveaway (The Real Deal) 

Eddie Small: Two more landlords accused of violating controversial 421-a tax break law, failed to comply with rent stabilization requirements (Crain's) 

Judith Goldiner, Zellnor Myrie & Linda Rosenthal: The proposed replacement for 421-a is an expensive subsidy for luxury developers (Crain's Opinion)

Matthew Haag & Mihir Zaveri: Will ending the lucrative 421-a tax break ease or fuel the NYC housing crisis? (New York Times) - only 44 deeply affordable apts since 2014!

Chau Lam: As budget deadline looms, fate of a widely-supported housing voucher program is in Hochul's hands (Gothamist)

Ross Barkan: Kathy Hochul's terrible tax giveaway (Political Currents)

RIGHT TO COUNSEL - Swamped

Shant Shahrigian: As evictions pile up, many NYC tenants are not getting lawyers despite right to counsel law (Daily News)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

McKee's Media: March 18, 2022

Excerpted from Michael McKee's Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates email



 421-A

Kayla Levy: Progressive politicians say end massive 421-a tax subsidy giveaway (Patch)
Greg David: Dueling 421-a claims define budget talks (The City)
 

GOOD CAUSE EVICTION

Chau Lam: 14 labor unions urge Hochul, legislative leaders to pass ban on evictions without good cause (Gothamist)

Patrick Moussignac: Rochester City Council rejects eviction reduction law (WHEC-TV) (VIDEO) 

Eriketa Cost: Rochester City Council votes against good cause eviction law (Rochester First) (VIDEO)

Amal Elhelw: Rochester tenant facing eviction grapples with failure of good cause bill (Rochester First) (VIDEO)

KIngston Wire editorial: Good cause to evict Michelle Hinchey from the state senate?

ERAP

Briana Supardi: Feds give New York nearly $120 million in rent relief funds, a fraction of what Hochul requested (WRGB)

WABC-TV: 1.5 NY households behind in utility payments; advocates call for relief in state budget (VIDEO)

ALBANY
Nick Reisman: Senate, Assembly lay out priorities in one-house budget bills, setting stage for negotiations with governor (NY State of Politics)

David Brand: Albany lawmakers proposed new Section 8-style rent subsidy using state funds (City Limits)

ELECTIONS / CANDIDATES

Nick Garber: Tenant advocate Delsenia Glover challenges pro-landlord Harlem Assembly incumbent Inez Dickens (Patch)

Denis Slattery: Ana Maria Archila gets progressive backing in lieutenant governor bid (Daily News)
Ross Barkan: New York's race for lieutenant governor has a new addition: competition (The Nation)

Michael Gartland: Jumaane Williams rolls out "Housing for All" platform (Daily News)

Albany Times Union editorial: Legislature should close loophole that allows Cuomo to spend campaign funds as if he were a candidate

Jon Levine: U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman faces primary challenge (New York Post)

NYCaribNews: U.S. Senate confirms Brooklyn Assembly Member Nick Perry as U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica 


ENVIRONMENT AND HOUSING


Nick Reisman: Albany lawmakers want to speed up ban on fossil fuels in construction of new buildings (NY State of Politics)

NYC AND ETHICS
Sally Goldenberg: NYC Mayor Eric Adams undoes de Blasio lobbying disclosure requirement (Politico)

HOUSING CONDITIONS & DEVELOPMENT
The City: Bronx fire survivors say City Hall's new meal provider adds insult to injury

Giavanni Alves: Building at Park Hill complex tops NYC list of Staten Island apartments with most violations (Staten Island Advance)

Kathryn Brenzel: Fight is on for "leaning" Seaport tower after mediation falls apart (The Real Deal)

New York Times: Manhattan's Chinese street signs are disappearing as Chinese population in Chinatown shrinks 

 

 

 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Join the Upstate/Downstate Coalition in Albany on March 9, 2022






Reproduced from 
Housing Justice for All email:

As evictions, rent hikes and homelessness rise across the state, our state legislators are sitting in Albany debating solutions WITHOUT us.

So on Wednesday March 9th, we are descending on the state capitol to demand real solutions for renters and homeless New Yorkers.

Join us in Albany on Wednesday!

The legislature and the governor are debating and deciding on next year's state budget right now. And we know that any budget that does not include the right to remain, permanent rental assistance and an end to real estate tax breaks is NOT a budget for the people.

Get on the bus to Albany next Wednesday to demand Good Cause Eviction, the Housing Access Voucher Program and an end to real estate tax breaks!

Fill out this form and we will connect you to the nearest bus pick up and arrange transportation and lunch for the day. We will require proof of vaccination to board the bus.

Our elected officials need to feel our presence in the halls of the state capitol in order to do the right thing. Join hundreds of renters and homeless New Yorkers at the capitol on Wednesday!

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Michael McKee's Articles of Interest on line

Click on TenantsNY.org for links to all of Michael McKee's Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates on behalf of Tenants PAC.

What's Next After the Eviction Moratorium?

The Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance (Housing Justice for All), Met Council on Housing, Citizen Action of NY, and NYC Democratic Socialists are hosting a 

Mass Meeting:  What's next after the Eviction Moratorium?

Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 from 7-9 PM

Elected officials in Albany let New York's eviction moratorium expire last week without passing any protections to support tenants. Join Housing Justice for All, tenant attorneys, and organizers to talk about what is next in the fight against evictions and homelessness. We'll talk about: 
  • What to do if you owe rent? 
  • How you can fight back against your eviction?
  • Permanent solutions for New York's housing crisis
Click here to register or contact info@housingjusticeforall.org for more information.