Cuomoville, as activists are calling it: a big protest against Cuomo's housing policies.

Housing Activists Camp Out for Action from Cuomo

A coalition of housing groups is planning to camp out to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the growing problem of homelessness and take action to protect renters.

The groups involved include some of the most active in New York City: Alliance for Tenant Power (an umbrella organization of eight other groups including New York Communities for Change, Make the Road NY, and others), Community Voices Heard, Vocal-NY, Citizen Action of New York and Manufactured Housing Action. They’re going to erect what they’ve called “Cuomoville” outside Gov. Cuomo’s office to demand action.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio Just Can’t Get Out of His Own Way

Memorial Day weekend brought a drumbeat of bad headlines for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio:

Break these down for me

The first two stories, both from the Post are fairly inconsequential but telling about Bill de Blasio’s troubles.

Supporters upset about his tardiness and disorganization:

The de Blasio administration attempted to keep de Blasio’s emails with five outside advisors under wraps. The administration argued that the five were “agents of the city”, even though there were no agreements of any sort to that effect, and so the Freedom of Information Law did not apply. NY1 sued for access to the emails under FOIL and won.

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New York's Constitutional Convention won't look quite like this.

Will New York have a Constitutional Convention?

In November, New Yorkers will vote on whether to hold a constitutional convention (or Con Con, as its been called). For many parts of the state, it’ll be the most consequential and contentious election of the year. But what’s it all about?

A Constitutional Convention? What’s that?

Remember your old high school history textbook with Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, and Madison coming together in Philadelphia to write the Constitution? Well so New York’s Constitutional Convention will be a little like that, but for New York and without the Founding Fathers.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio cheers the passage of his affordable housing program. Critics like Real Affordability for All say it's not enough.

Affordable for Whom? The Tragically Misguided Arguments about Affordable Housing in NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised 200,000 affordable housing apartments, including 50,000 units for New Yorkers earning less than $40,000. Critics have long said that’s not enough. Now, the Real Affordability for All coalition, led by New York Communities for Change and Bertha Lewis’ The Black Institute, is attacking de Blasio and his Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen for “a Goldman Sachs model of development” that promotes gentrification.

Why is housing so expensive?

There simply aren’t enough apartments in New York City. While new buildings are going up, they don’t make up for all the people who want to live in New York. In addition, the new housing that is built is frequently luxury condos purchased by foreign investors while actually affordable apartments slowly disappear.

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Good luck getting affordable housing in New York City.

Want Affordable Housing in NYC? Good luck.

The new state budget that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature agreed to last week includes a new program for affordable housing in New York City. Just don’t expect it to do much.

The new Affordable New York Housing Program lets developers of rental apartment buildings off the hook for property taxes for 35 years. In exchange, developers must pay construction workers a living wage and set aside 25-30% of apartments for low- or middle-income renters. It’ll create 2,500 affordable apartments at a cost to New York City of $82 million each year.

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Trump, NYPD Trouble, and More!

In this newsletter: budgets (not the sexiest topic but very important when thinking about Donald Trump’s impact), misbehaving cops, and more!

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How Trump Threatens to Derail New York’s Plans

Cuomo, Trump, and de Blasio

New York is in the midst of budget season. By the end of the week, the state government should have decided upon spending plans for the year and New York City will follow with its budget in June. But the New Yorker in the White House is already threatening to foil Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s best-laid plans.

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