Council Poised to Renew Controversial Tax Lien Sales Program, With Tweaks to Protect Pandemic-Pummeled Homeowners
Housing advocates oppose the de Blasio-backed measure, which would extend a Giuliani-era debt-collection scheme for another four years while temporarily excluding financially ailing small owners.
The Department of Finance’s property division is examining “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” for tasks such as surveying tax lots, property mapping and aerial photography.
Harassment and lockouts pressure renters to leave their homes — but renters are fighting back with a little help from their friends. One way: “stoop court” sessions.
Demonstrators who have participated in marches since the spring say NYPD tactics have turned more violent amid recent “Count the Vote” protests. They blame the mayor and police commissioner.
Thousands of poll workers fanned out across the city, but many voting sites were calm and sparsely attended thanks to the droves of New Yorkers who cast ballots early.
Long lines wrapped Madison Square Garden, the Barclays Center and other poll sites as many cast their ballots in the Trump-Biden race Saturday amid a pandemic.
Pandemic postponement of the city’s annual property tax lien sale highlights burdens on cash-strapped property owners, advocates say — and an opportunity to reclaim real estate for affordable housing.
The suit filed by South Elliott Place residents came after the latest spate of alleged threats and harassment. “We have no choice but to take legal action,” one tenant said.
A resident was allegedly forced out of their room — one of two purported attempted lockouts there this month. Housing advocates across the city say some building owners are trying to make illegal end-runs around the pandemic-spurred evictions freeze.