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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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

What’s in de Blasio’s 2017-2018 New York City Budget Proposal

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released his 2017-2018 budget proposal. The City Council will negotiate with the mayor on the new New York City budget and will need to reach an agreement before the fiscal year is over on June 30th.

This post will be updated as more information comes out.

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What are people saying about the budget?

Citizens Budget Commission President Carol Kellermann: The budget “should have exhibited more spending restraint.” The new spending “does not demonstrate strategic and sensible prioritization of the City’s investments.” David Jones, director of the Community Service Society and de Blasio’s appointee to the MTA board, told AMNewYork: “Fair Fares will go on. I will fight it until my very last breath. We’re taking this fight on for as many years — I’m on the board until 2020. So they’re going to be hearing from me for a long time.” Adriene Holder, Legal Aid Society: “Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor de Blasio set a bold example for other sanctuaries across the nation to model – we and our clients laud their leadership. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito: The Council “remains concerned that the Mayor’s proposal does not increase the City’s reserves.” City Council Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland commented to Politico: De Blasio “very clearly stated that he felt that Trump’s positions have mostly been overturned by the courts, so he doesn’t necessarily feel that we will feel the impact in the way that was expected. He’s going to wait until the November plan is out to see if there needs to be adjustments — something that was a bit striking.” City Council Member Brad Lander: “Save for a rainy day, yes, we are doing that. But make preemptive cuts to deny services to New Yorkers, no way.” Glenn Martin, President of JustLeadershipUSA, one of the leaders of the campaign to close Rikers Island, said the budget proves the “continued absence of a concrete plan for closing Rikers.” GOP Mayoral candidate Paul Massey: “Bill de Blasio is a terrible manager, so as spending has gone up, the quality of services has gone down.”

Mayor de Blasio’s solution to every problem is tax & spend. Instead of fixing failed programs, he throws good $ after bad. We need results!

— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) April 26, 2017

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