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Readers sound off on rent reform, cellphones on buses and recreational marijuana
News 3 months ago
Readers sound off on rent reform, cellphones on buses and recreational marijuana

Brooklyn: Claiming that the city's overall economy will be hurt by the passage of much-needed rent law reform to eliminate Major Capital...

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Cuomo taunts Senate Democrats as tensions rise over end-of-session agenda that still includes rent regulations and marijuana legalization
News 3 months ago
Cuomo taunts Senate Democrats as tensions rise over end-of-session agenda that still includes rent regulations and marijuana legalization

ALBANY - A combative Gov. Cuomo fired shots at his fellow Democrats in the state Senate again, daring them to prove their progressive mettle and...

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N.Y. Senate pledges support for tenant-backed slate of bills two weeks ahead of rent regulation deadline
News 3 months ago
N.Y. Senate pledges support for tenant-backed slate of bills two weeks ahead of rent regulation deadline

ALBANY - Senate Democrats say they have the votes to pass sweeping pro-tenant bills that will strengthen and expand rent regulations across the...

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NYC hate crimes prevention office opening this summer
News 3 months ago
NYC hate crimes prevention office opening this summer

The office will coordinate the city's response to hate crimes across several agencies, including the NYPD, the Commission on Human Rights and the...

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Mayor de Blasio has most debt of any NYC elected official
News 3 months ago
Mayor de Blasio has most debt of any NYC elected official

Last year, City Hall's resident presidential hopeful owed banks and other creditors between $1.35 million and $1.75 million, and maybe more,...

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Readers sound off on rent regulation, baseball and road repairs
News 3 months ago
Readers sound off on rent regulation, baseball and road repairs

Manhattan: I would agree these rent regulation proposals are almost entirely off the mark and will not create what all New Yorkers want: more...

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Why we want the BQX: Public housing residents say de Blasio’s streetcar will connect them to opportunities
News 3 months ago
Why we want the BQX: Public housing residents say de Blasio’s streetcar will connect them to opportunities

As resident association leaders at NYCHA developments along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront, we find it problematic when leaders and advocates who...

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Preservation group wants developer and de Blasio lobbyist out of its East Village backyard
News 3 months ago
Preservation group wants developer and de Blasio lobbyist out of its East Village backyard

A lower Manhattan preservation group is crying foul over a top lobbyist's efforts to bring a new real estate development to the East Village, a...

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Reason on rent regulation: Reject Albany’s plans to take a wrecking ball to a half-dozen provisions, and embrace sane, targeted changes instead
News 3 months ago
Reason on rent regulation: Reject Albany’s plans to take a wrecking ball to a half-dozen provisions, and embrace sane, targeted changes instead

Because it's New York, legislators in Albany are scrambling behind closed doors to determine how to reform New York City rent laws that expire on...

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ALLAN WERNICK: Some residents age 50 or more who don’t speak English can become U.S. citizens through exemptions
News 4 months ago
ALLAN WERNICK: Some residents age 50 or more who don’t speak English can become U.S. citizens through exemptions

A. Your wife can naturalize once she meets the qualifications that exempt older, long-term residents from reading, writing or speaking English. The...

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Getting out of the gas fix we’re in: We need more energy but we can’t just keep burning fossil fuels
News 4 months ago
Getting out of the gas fix we’re in: We need more energy but we can’t just keep burning fossil fuels

Con Edison's moratorium on serving most new gas customers in Westchester took effect on March 15; Con Ed recently advised New York's Public Service...

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NY labor leaders putting pressure on state lawmakers in fight of rent reform
News 4 months ago
NY labor leaders putting pressure on state lawmakers in fight of rent reform

A dozen of the state's most powerful union bosses sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders Monday, encouraging them to enact sweeping...

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Trump administration admits 55,000 kids could be displaced under plan to evict undocumented immigrants
News 4 months ago
Trump administration admits 55,000 kids could be displaced under plan to evict undocumented immigrants

Thousands of children with legal immigration status could end up homeless under a controversial Trump administration plan to purge undocumented...

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California couple ordered to pay almost $600K for uprooting 180-year-old oak tree on protected property
News 4 months ago
California couple ordered to pay almost $600K for uprooting 180-year-old oak tree on protected property

A Sonoma County judge has ordered Peter and Toni Thompson to fork over almost $600,000 after they uprooted a 180-year-old heritage oak tree from a...

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NYC Council passes 17 bills to combat tenant harassment and displacement
News 4 months ago
NYC Council passes 17 bills to combat tenant harassment and displacement

The City Council on Wednesday passed 17 bills meant to protect tenants and prevent landlords from harassing them out of their apartments. The...

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The Rent Guidelines Board must hold the line: While we’re waiting for stronger laws, freeze rents for tenants
News 4 months ago
The Rent Guidelines Board must hold the line: While we’re waiting for stronger laws, freeze rents for tenants

Tonight, the nine members of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board face a choice. They can either recognize that the rent laws in our state are...

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Appraisers question process NYC used to value properties before shelling out $173 million to shady landlords
News 4 months ago
Appraisers question process NYC used to value properties before shelling out $173 million to shady landlords

Mayor de Blasio's release of hundreds of pages of appraisal documents used in the city's controversial $173 million purchase of 17 properties from...

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Preservation group calls for probe of city’s Union Square tech hub
News 4 months ago
Preservation group calls for probe of city’s Union Square tech hub

A downtown historic preservation group is accusing the city of doling out a sweetheart deal to the developer chosen to build a 22-story tech hub in...

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South Bronx tenants demand senior housing after De Blasio blows off $500 million pledge
News 4 months ago
South Bronx tenants demand senior housing after De Blasio blows off $500 million pledge

Angrily denouncing Mayor de Blasio over what they call a broken $500 million promise, tenants and church leaders marched in the South Bronx on...

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Build out the NYCHA infill: Use spare land to aid public housing
News 5 months ago
Build out the NYCHA infill: Use spare land to aid public housing

Business as usual will not improve the living conditions of the New York City Housing Authority's 400,000 residents. Years of underfunding,...

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BQE and the road to New York’s future: Highways that split neighborhoods are things of the past
News 5 months ago
BQE and the road to New York’s future: Highways that split neighborhoods are things of the past

Rather than plow ahead with a rebuild of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway running through Brooklyn Heights, Mayor de Blasio set up a panel to discuss...

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City brags about ‘historic’ drop in childhood lead exposure despite minor progress in public housing
News 5 months ago
City brags about ‘historic’ drop in childhood lead exposure despite minor progress in public housing

The city bragged about a "historic" 11% drop in childhood lead exposure last year - despite the fact that hundreds of kids living in its own public...

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A tech hub in every borough
News 5 months ago
A tech hub in every borough

The heart of New York's Silicon Alley won itself another tenant this week, but this one was not Google, Facebook or Amazon. New York landed a deal...

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Former NYC Councilwoman pushes to renew passenger rail service on forgotten Queens tracks
News 5 months ago
Former NYC Councilwoman pushes to renew passenger rail service on forgotten Queens tracks

A little-used stretch of train tracks in Queens could be the key to filling transit deserts in the borough, community leaders say. The Long Island...

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NYCHA lifts eviction; will find new apartment for elderly tenant who fell behind on his rent after a rehab stay for amputated leg
News 5 months ago
NYCHA lifts eviction; will find new apartment for elderly tenant who fell behind on his rent after a rehab stay for amputated leg

An elderly Bronx man who was kicked to the curb after a medical emergency forced him to fall behind on his rent is being welcomed back with open...

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Mississippi community baffled by mashed potatoes mysteriously appearing on people’s doorsteps
News 5 months ago
Mississippi community baffled by mashed potatoes mysteriously appearing on people’s doorsteps

Neighbors at a historic neighborhood in Jackson are scratching their heads this week after someone mysteriously dropped off bowls of mashed...

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Racist planning shaped our city; conscientious planning can help undo its mistakes
News 5 months ago
Racist planning shaped our city; conscientious planning can help undo its mistakes

Today is the 51st anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, and New York City is debating adding a comprehensive planning requirement to its...

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New York lawmakers vow to pass sweeping set of pro-tenant polices as they tackle rent regulations
News 5 months ago
New York lawmakers vow to pass sweeping set of pro-tenant polices as they tackle rent regulations

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) unveiled a wide-ranging platform on Tuesday intended to strengthen rent regulation laws and implement...

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De Blasio donor is a chief architect behind city’s $173 million real estate deal with shady landlord
News 5 months ago
De Blasio donor is a chief architect behind city’s $173 million real estate deal with shady landlord

For three months, Mayor de Blasio and two notorious landlords have hidden the fact that a chief architect behind a controversial $173 million land...

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De Blasio taps Vicki Been to lead troubled public housing agency
News 5 months ago
De Blasio taps Vicki Been to lead troubled public housing agency

Mayor de Blasio announced Thursday that Vicki Been - his former head of Housing Preservation and Development - will be his new deputy mayor. Been...

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