The Rent Guidelines Board, which determines rent increases for more than one million rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, voted on Monday night for an historic rent freeze on one-year leases and a two percent increase for two year leases.
While I believe a rent role back is appropriate, the Rent Guidelines Board's historic decision to freeze rents for one year leases will help keep New York affordable for over two million tenants. Who are being asked to pay an ever increasing percentage of their income towards rent, while landlords have increased their profits due to relatively flat operating costs.
Senators Espaillat and Peralta drafted a letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to prioritize the DREAM Act in his State of the State speech on Jan. 8, which is “a defining expression of principles and values.”
Recent news that Port Authority officials may have inappropriately acted to close off local lanes on the George Washington Bridge, under false pretenses and for political purposes, has alarmed communities on both sides of the Hudson River. In a letter to New Jersey state legislators, Senator Espaillat calls for an investigation.
Through the offices of New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, SUNY has partnered with the Armory Foundation to place an ATTAIN (Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking) Lab at the 168th Street Armory. The State University of New York University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (SUNY UCAWD) promotes the social and economic well-being of academically and economically disadvantaged residents of New York State by developing and offering tuition-free, quality adult education and workforce training programs and services.
The fire raging just steps from City College was huge and damaging, and took 200 firefighters many long hours to bring it under control. No one died, but it wreaked havoc in the lives of dozens of families.
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is hiking rents in subsidized housing it provides to blue collar workers in an effort to squeeze them out, residents say.
Scores of maintenance men, security guards and other lower-wage employees pay under $1,000 a month to live in apartments on tree-lined streets near the Broadway facility while rent for new residents is at market rates nearly twice as high.
By SEN. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT and ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA
New York City’s specialized high schools are beacons of learning and opportunity. Their students face a rigorous academic curriculum, including Advanced Placement classes that range from chemistry to art history. Students are exposed to diverse extracurricular activities from athletics to theater, from fencing to speech and debate. The schools boast higher graduation rates than the New York City average; graduates routinely go on to elite colleges and even have earned Nobel prizes and other high honors. However, under the arbitrary and outdated admissions formula that consists of a single multiple-choice test, many students of merit are denied access.
NYC Father in need of life-saving kidney transplant gets new home
By Alex Silverman
Friday, December 24, 2011
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Just days ago, he was pleading for his life on the steps of City Hall. Now on Christmas eve, Octavio Estevez and his family have a place to live and a chance at a future together.
Estevez is in need of a kidney transplant and had to leave his job because of his health. Because he couldn’t afford his rent, he and family have been living in a shelter.
Without a permanent home, hospitals have said they can’t perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive.
Estevez, 54, in the terminal stages of renal disease, is in dire need of a kidney.
For the last week, and long before, Estevez’s life has taken a series of dramatic, and sometimes harrowing, turns.
But this past Sat., Dec. 24th, on “Nochebuena,” or Christmas Eve, Estevez, who’d been living with his family in a Bronx shelter for months, received keys to a new apartment in Washington Heights – keys which may very well save his life.
Minority Labor Leaders March 11 Miles For "99 Percent"
In a show of solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement, minority and labor leaders led hundreds of New Yorkers in an 11-mile march from Washington Heights to Zuccotti Park on Monday.
The march began around 10:45 a.m. at 181st Street in Washington Heights and ended right before 5 p.m. at Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camped for nearly eight weeks.
Led by community leaders, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, other elected officials and grassroots organizers, the march protested how the state's so-called "millionaires tax" is set to expire at the end of the year.
New York Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez spoke out at Thursday’s press conference to protest the firing of public school aids in the less economically profitable regions of New York City.
NUEVA YORK — El despido de cerca de cientos de trabajadores de escuelas afectará desproporcionalmente a comunidades afroamericanas y latinas, particularmente en el Alto Manhattan, según denunciaron ayer el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat y el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez, junto al sindicato que agrupa a dichos trabajadores, el DC37.
It took awhile, but clamoring uptown politicians have succeeded in meeting with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly about the spike in crime in Washington Heights and Inwood.
"Bureaucracies always work that way,” said state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who has been leading the clamoring about crime for months now. “But at the end of the day he listened to us. We made our case and I do think we’re going to see some results.”
Joining Espaillat at the one-hour session at Police Headquarters this past Friday were uptown Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Robert Jackson and Washington Heights District Leader Maria Luna. Others were invited but had scheduling conflicts.
Officials Issue Warning Ahead Of Dominican Day Parade
Police and elected leaders are issuing a warning to revelers ahead of this weekend's Dominican Day Parade, saying the law will be enforced.
They say last year celebrations turned violent in Washington Heights.
"Thousands primarily of young people, many of them consuming illegal nutcracker, and some of them threw bottles at police officers. There were some arrests. And we're getting ahead of the curve. And we're saying this year, it will not be tolerated," said State Senator Adriano Espaillat.