Policy And Planning

Ex-Buildings boss schemed to empty fire victim shelter to get a luxury condo, Manhattan DA says

The Gothamist, David Brand, September 15, 2023 As New York City stared down an unprecedented rise in homelessness last year, its buildings commissioner was allegedly scheming with a deep-pocketed developer to clear fire victims from a Rockaway Park emergency shelter in exchange for a discounted luxury condo nearby, Manhattan prosecutors charged Wednesday. Eric Ulrich, the […]

City Council approves 5-year permit for MSG, shortest extension in venue’s history

The Gothamist, Stephen Nessen, September 14, 2023 The City Council approved a five-year extension to Madison Square Garden’s permit on Thursday, which allows the venue to operate above Penn Station. It’s shortest license ever given to the venue — and is a signal that lawmakers are questioning whether it should remain atop the country’s busiest […]

Joint Press Conference By Politicos Turns into Debate over Penn Station Plans

Chelsea News, MICHAEL ORESKES, September 13, 2023 Congressman Gerald Nadler, Borough President Mark Levine, and City Council Member Erik Bottcher had heralded their Sept. 12 press conference as the official unveiling of a jointly endorsed new plan for Penn Station and Madison Square. But that’s not how it turned out. MTA Chairman Janno Lieber was […]

Case that would change how NYPD responds to protests is reopened after police union objects

The Gothamist, Jessy Edwards, September 11, 2023 A federal judge has reopened negotiations in a case that will decide how the NYPD responds to protests after the police officers’ union argued that a recent settlement may endanger officers. The settlement, reached Tuesday, sought to resolve lawsuits brought by Attorney General Letitia James, the Legal Aid Society, the […]

Former NYPD officer testifies that he punched homeless woman because he was ‘angry’

The Gothamist, Samantha Max, Aug 31, 2023 A former NYPD officer on trial for repeatedly punching a homeless woman in a Bronx jail cell in 2019 testified on Thursday that he “lost control” after the woman spit on him. Luis Marte was fired last year after the police department found that he used excessive force in the […]

Cop City Protesters Charged With Racketeering As Georgia Takes Hard Line

THE GUARDIAN, Richard Luscombe , September 6, 2023 Some of 61 defendants charged also face money laundering and domestic terrorism charges for environmental protests Dozens of activists who oppose a controversial police and fire training facility in Georgia known as Cop City have been charged with racketeering, appearing to confirm fears from civil rights groups that prosecutors are […]


(Resident) Paul Wilcox, September 5, 2023 FULTON AND ELLIOT-CHELSEA RESIDENTS Essence Development and Related Companies say that when they take over Fulton and Elliot Chelsea Houses the tenants will have new upgraded apartments and the same rights they have now. The developers don’t have one example where privatizing or demolishing buildings kept tenant rights, or […]