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

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