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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Are de Blasio’s new homeless shelters breaking the law?

Critics say the new homeless shelters planned by Mayor Bill de Blasio break the City’s fair share rules that require services to be equitably distributed across the city. The shelters are going in area with the most homeless people, which tend to be predominately black and Latino. Residents of those neighborhoods want fewer shelters around them and more to be built in whiter, wealthier places too.

Big News for Little Kids and Other Political Happenings

New York City politics is busy this week. De Blasio proposed a new budget and declared a goal of providing free, universal preschool for three-year-olds. Meanwhile, the opposition takes shape as Bo Dietl seeks permission to run as a Republican and a new Republican enters the race for Mayor.

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Big News for Little Kids: Mayor de Blasio Announces 3-K Preschool for Three-Year Olds

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled-down on his widely-praised Pre-K for all, announcing the launch of a new 3-K Preschool program for three-year-olds.

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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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