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

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