Posted inHousing

Landlords Wage Crusade Against ‘Good Cause’ Anti-Eviction Bill

Additional reporting by Josefa Velasquez The real estate industry is pushing back on a state bill that would limit rent hikes and ensure lease renewals for over a million tenants — launching a house-to-house phone campaign to rally the public against the protections. A new group called Homeowners for an Affordable New York is calling city […]

Posted inCampaign 2022

Candidates Race to Run for Reconfigured Seats Following New District Maps

Candidates are streaming in and out of congressional and state races now that New York has adopted new political district maps. Democratic state lawmakers last month aggressively redrew state and congressional boundaries to favor their party, including reconfiguring three congressional districts won by Donald Trump in 2020. Gov. Kathy Hochul approved the new lines on […]

Posted inDeliveristas

Hub for Gig Workers, Community Board Diversity Top Manhattan BP To-Do List

New Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine is aiming to create a “resources center” for gig economy workers like deliveristas, while also shaking up diversity on his community boards –– aiming to recruit more cyclists and pedestrians. Both initiatives are part of Levine’s “transition report,” which details 29 long-term goals organized under several priorities that include […]

Posted inRedistricting

Albany’s Congressional Maps Protect Democrats, Put NYC’s Lone GOP House Seat at Risk

Democrats in the New York State Legislature released new congressional lines that protect some of the city’s sitting representatives from primary challenges and puts its lone-Republican congressmember’s hold on her district in jeopardy.  Incumbent Democrats, like Manhattan Reps. Adriano Espaillat and Carolyn Maloney, have seemingly gotten their wish as to how they’d like their districts […]

Posted inVoting

Albany Democrats Seize Control of Redistricting, With Unclear Role for Public

Additional reporting by Josefa Velasquez After years of championing an “independent” commission to control the crucial redrawing of congressional and legislative districts, Democratic state leaders are taking over the process. A wide coalition of advocates is demanding public hearings before Albany acts. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) […]