Inside New York’s Messy Push to Clean Up Concrete

New York Focus, September 9, 2021 If concrete production were a country, it would be the world’s third largest carbon emitter. New York legislators want to clean it up. Published in partnership with Next City. For climate activists, New York’s 2021 legislative session was a bitter disappointment. Democrats failed to pass any major new climate laws, … Continue reading Inside New York’s Messy Push to Clean Up Concrete

Albany Passes ‘Good Cause Eviction,’ In a First for New York

New York Focus, July 21, 2021 On Monday, Albany became the first municipality in New York to pass “good cause” eviction protections, which would bar landlords from evicting tenants or increasing rents more than 5 percent without justification. Despite an extensive opposition campaign from real estate groups, nine of the fifteen members of Albany’s Common … Continue reading Albany Passes ‘Good Cause Eviction,’ In a First for New York

A Wave of Upstate Cities Could Ban Eviction Without “Good Cause”

New York Focus, July 16, 2021 In June 2019, following a wave of progressive election victories and a months-long campaign by housing rights organizers, New York State passed its biggest expansion of tenant protections in decades. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act closed key loopholes in New York’s rent stabilization laws and extended them … Continue reading A Wave of Upstate Cities Could Ban Eviction Without “Good Cause”

How a Tenant Revolt Sank NYCHA’s Biggest Overhaul Plan in Years

New York Focus, June 4, 2021 With a week left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers shelved a plan that aimed to revamp 25,000 NYCHA apartments. Published in partnership with Gotham Gazette. On May 21, with just ten working days to go in this year’s session, New York lawmakers added a major item to … Continue reading How a Tenant Revolt Sank NYCHA’s Biggest Overhaul Plan in Years

After the Coal Rush

Dissent, April 26, 2021 In Montceau-les-Mines, a French town once dependent on coal mining, there was no just transition from fossil fuels. Once a left-leaning industrial hub, Montceau today is an open field for the far right. If there’s one part of the world that’s synonymous with wine, it’s the region of Burgundy, in east-central … Continue reading After the Coal Rush

The secret ingredient in Paris’ green public housing

Grist, March 30, 2021 How cannabis can be part of an affordable housing future — not just one for eco-conscious elites. Winter in Paris is notoriously clammy, and this winter was no exception. But Gregory Ferembach didn’t need to turn on his heat much. One reason? The walls in his public housing building are lined … Continue reading The secret ingredient in Paris’ green public housing

Will Rental Vouchers to Prevent Homelessness Make the State Budget?

New York Focus, March 29, 2021 The legislature is pushing for a statewide rental assistance program that advocates say would be one the largest efforts to combat homelessness in recent memory. After more than five years living in New York City’s homeless shelter system, Milton Perez has one goal: “to get the hell out.”  The … Continue reading Will Rental Vouchers to Prevent Homelessness Make the State Budget?

Top state lawmakers oppose Cuomo’s push to override NYC’s landmark climate law

New York Focus, February 18, 2021 A new analysis finds that the governor’s proposal would “completely undermine” New York City’s climate law, setting the stage for a clash with the newly emboldened legislature. It’s just two paragraphs, buried toward the end of the nearly 4,000 pages making up Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget for … Continue reading Top state lawmakers oppose Cuomo’s push to override NYC’s landmark climate law

New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail could become a renewable energy hub

France 24, February 12, 2021 It’s long been one of the United States’ most infamous jails. Now Rikers Island looks set to become a renewable energy hub, a plan for which New York City environmental justice organizers have campaigned since the closure of the jail complex was announced in 2019. For many Americans, the name … Continue reading New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail could become a renewable energy hub

After a ‘smooth’ Election Day, Pennsylvania holds its breath for final vote count

France 24, November 24, 2020 In Philadelphia, the largest city in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, Election Day voting largely proceeded without the tensions that many feared. But with final results not expected for several days, the suspense is far from over. If media reports were any indication, the leadup to this year’s presidential … Continue reading After a ‘smooth’ Election Day, Pennsylvania holds its breath for final vote count