Policy And Planning

Fiscal Commission As Path to Social Security Cuts

NATION OF CHANGE, Alexandra Jacobo, December 2, 2023 In a controversial move, the GOP-led House Budget Committee’s hearing to establish a fiscal commission raises alarms for potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare. The House Budget Committee, now under Republican control, is convening a critical hearing this Wednesday. The agenda? To scrutinize a proposal to form […]

With Offices Sitting Empty, Landlords Are ‘Handing Back the Keys’

NY TIMES, Peter Eavis, December 2, 2023 Office landlords, hit hard by the work-from-home revolution, are resorting to a desperate measure in the real estate world: “handing back the keys.” When this happens, the landlord stops paying the mortgage on the office building or declines to refinance it. The bank or investors who made the […]

Lack of Public Restrooms in City is a Crisis that Nobody Wants to Talk About, Says Borough Pres.

Our Town, OSCAR KIM BAUMAN, November 29, 2023 Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and Teddy Siegel, the founder of got2gonyc, discuss expanding public bathroom access. NYC currently ranks 93rd among the 100 largest US cities in public bathroom availability per 100,000 people. The lack of public restrooms in New York City, compared to other large […]

Full Package of Rental Voucher Laws Not on Mayor’s Agenda, Despite Veto Override

THE CITY LIMITS, Emma Whitford, November 26, 2023 With under two months left on the clock, Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is not taking steps to fully implement a package of bills that would expand rental voucher eligibility among New Yorkers facing eviction. In July, the New York City Council voted 42-8 to override the mayor’s veto of […]

Legal Aid Society condemns NYC jail system for unsanitary living conditions outlined in report

The Gothamist, Giulia Heyward, Nov 6, 2023 The Legal Aid Society is blasting the city’s Department of Correction for dangerous living conditions within its troubled jail system, including facilities on Rikers Island, as outlined in a new report detailing vermin infestations, fire hazards and a neglected ventilation system. Less than 60% of intake and living areas within […]

What is KSK, the construction firm at center of Mayor Adams fundraising probe?

The Gothamist, David Brand, Charles Lane, Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky, Nov 3, 2023 A Brooklyn construction company is at the center of a federal investigation into campaign contributions to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, according to multiple reports of a search warrant executed by federal agents. The firm KSK Construction Group specializes in condo and hotel development near its […]

Community Letter: To Hochul: New York Needs A World-Class Penn Station

(Community Alliance) September 25, 2023 The Honorable Kathy Hochul Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, New York 12224 Dear Governor Hochul: The undersigned organizations all agree with you: New York needs a world-class Penn Station. The Station is vital to the City and region’s economy. Its users, and all New Yorkers, […]