Posted by Winthrop Roosevelt · January 28, 2020 3:03 PM
by Shant Shahrigian
He’s clashing with the Kardashians.
A Manhattan pol shouted “shame on you!” at Kim, Khloé and the rest of the gang on Tuesday, decrying their promotion of weight-loss “detox teas” that, he says, potentially cause bodily harm and prey on the insecurities of young women in particular.
“I’m going to name names: Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Amber Rose … shame on you!” Councilman Mark Levine (D-Upper Manhattan) thundered at a Monday hearing. “Shame on all of you for using the trust you have established with young people to push these products, to push these dangerous products, because you wanted to receive lucrative contracts.”
Posted by Winthrop Roosevelt · June 17, 2019 2:59 PM
MayorBill de Blasioand City Council members on Friday afternoon announced an agreement on the city's$92.8 billion budgetfor fiscal 2020, with initiatives to improve health care access at its forefront.
The budget includes $26 million to place 200 additional social workers—including 85 working within the city's mental health initiative, ThriveNYC—in public schools to help students experiencing crises and mental health issues.
The mayor's office said ThriveNYC will undergo a redesign of its mental health training program. The so-called Mental Health Service Corps., it said, will partner with New York City Health + Hospitals to streamline its operational efficiency. As a result, the city expects to save $20 million, starting in fiscal 2020, and $11 million of that amount will be reinvested in the social worker program.
Posted by Winthrop Roosevelt · June 17, 2019 2:24 PM
Under legislation drafted by the City Council, the de Blasio administration would have to report on its efforts to notify school staff and the students who attended dozens of public schools during the 2001-02 school year that were not far from the World Trade Center site about programs available for people at risk for contracting a WTC-related disease or cancer.
According to the United Federation of Teachers, there were 2,500 Teachers and support staff and 19,000 students who attended 29 public schools within the portion of lower Manhattan that is covered by the World Trade Center Health Program. Several colleges, including the City University of New York’s Borough of Manhattan Community College, are also located in the covered area.
NEW YORK — New York City is forcing tenants of beleaguered buildings that it owns to sign new leases — and the conditions have raised hackles among lawyers and lawmakers.
The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development is requiring residents of the 115 buildings in theTenant Interim Lease programto sign new leases by June 30. The program, created in 1978, involves once-dilapidated buildings that the city took over with the goal of turning them into low-income cooperatives.
Posted by Winthrop Roosevelt · May 21, 2019 3:50 PM
By Brian M. Rosenthal
The New York attorney general’s office said Monday it had opened an inquiry into more than a decade of lending practices that left thousands of immigrant taxi drivers in crushing debt, while Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a separate investigation into the brokers who helped arrange the loans.
The efforts marked the government’s first steps toward addressing a crisis that has engulfed the city’s yellow cab industry. They came a day after The New York Times published atwo-partinvestigation revealing that a handful of taxi industry leaders artificially inflated the price of a medallion — the coveted permit that allows a driver to own and operate a cab — and made hundreds of millions of dollars by issuing reckless loans to low-income buyers.
The investigation also found that regulators at every level of government ignored warning signs, and the city fed the frenzy by selling medallions and promoting them in ads as being “better than the stock market.”
The price of a medallion rose to more than $1 million before crashing in late 2014, which left borrowers with debt they had little hope of repaying. More than 950 medallion owners have filed for bankruptcy, and thousands more are struggling to stay afloat.
Posted by Winthrop Roosevelt · May 16, 2019 4:44 PM
By Sabrina Mallot
Last fall, the City Council introduced a package of 18 bills aimed at preventing tenants from being displaced due to aggressive tactics from landlords like exploitative buyout agreements or nuisance construction. On Wednesday, May 8, all but one passed.
They still require the mayor’s signature, but he has indicated his support for them.
A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jane Meyer said, “From free access to legal services in housing court to the new Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, this administration has been fighting for tenants from day one. These bills will help bolster our efforts to protect all New Yorkers.”
Posted by Winthrop Roosevelt · May 16, 2019 3:35 PM
By Eddie Small
The hallways of Bronx Housing Court are crowded and chaotic on a typical weekday morning.
Lawyers and tenants scurry across the white tile floors and lounge on the worn-down benches of the Grand Concourse building, where occasionally the sound of one person shouting out a name will rise above the chatter.
The elevated discussion is usually from an attorney trying to find a tenant facing eviction who they want to assist. Even though New York City passed its Right to Counsel lawtwo years agoguaranteeing that those tenants have the right to legal representation, lawyers still don’t have a better way of contacting the people they’ve been enlisted to help.
A collaboration between a group of housing rights advocates has produced the most comprehensive database yet to measure evictions across New York City and identify many of the landlords responsible for them.
Three advocacy groups — Right to Counsel NYC Coalition,JustFix.nyc, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project — on Monday launched a website,www.worstevictorsnyc.org, that incorporates newly analyzed and vetted public data as well as knowledge from tenant organizers. Users can zoom in to get a block-by-block picture of where city marshals are carrying out evictions and also, in many cases, learn who the associated landlords are. Users can also elect to map evictions by landlord.