Housing Advocates Plan Harlem March on Wednesday

rafa logoThe coalition of more than 50 housing advocacy groups known as the “Real Affordability for All Coalition” will demonstrate at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church with speeches and a march on Wednesday afternoon, the groups announced last week. Continue Reading →

Harlem Public Housing Needs Billion$ To Make Repairs

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It’s also noteworthy that federal law prohibits local governments from building more public housing than already exists.

Gothamist reports that the devolving public housing situation in NYC is just getting worse, and the New York City Housing Authority requires an injection of about $18 billion just to make necessary repairs that’ll keep desperately needed housing stock habitable. Continue Reading →

City Unveils 10-year $41B Housing Plan

Bill-de-Blasio.jpg&q=80&MaxW=640&imageversion=widescreen&maxh=360CrainsNewYork reports that on Monday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his administration’s ambitious plan to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing, one that he says will house half a million people at a cost of more than $41 billion over the next decade. Continue Reading →

Update: The Mayor Responds To The Explosion In Harlem (video)

2014-03-12T165543Z_637742799_GM1EA3D02C301_RTRMADP_3_USA-NEWYORK-COLLAPSE“This is a tragedy of the worst kind,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. “There was no indication in time to save people.” Continue Reading →

NYC Lawmakers Are Closed On Open Webcasts

webA law requiring all city agencies, commissions and task forces to webcast their public meetings and hearings took effect this week, but most of those entities are failing to comply. Continue Reading →

NYCHA Free of Financial Handcuffs

trash dumps in central harlemIn Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities,” New York’s public housing projects clearly stood as a city of have-nots and a tale of woe. Continue Reading →

Mark-Viverito City Council speaker

Melissa-Mark-Viverito.jpg&q=80&MaxW=640&imageversion=widescreen&maxh=360After months of political jockeying, Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected unanimously as the next City Council speaker Wednesday, becoming the first Hispanic official to hold the city’s second-most-powerful political post. Continue Reading →

President Clinton Swears In Mayor Elect de Blasio And More

Sworn-in de Blasio pledges 7Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on a progressive agenda that he said would narrow the widening gap between the rich and poor in the nation’s largest city, was sworn in Wednesday as New York’s 109th mayor. Continue Reading →