New York Times: Despite City Crackdown, Immigrants Still Are Often Cheated by Job Agencies
By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ
Published: May 15, 2011
From the article:
Some state lawmakers are proposing legislation to increase fines against employment agencies to $500, from $100, for each day a violation continues, and to make it a misdemeanor to accumulate three or more violations in a five-year span.
Join me with Congressman Charles Rangel, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Herman Denny Farrell, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, NYC Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's housing needs.
West Side Spirit: Expiring Rent Regulation Spells Disaster for New Yorkers
BySenator Adriano Espaillat
Big corporations have benefited from record profits, while New York’s working class has struggled to recover from the aptly named “Great Recession.” All the while, low-income and middle-class families have been battered by brutal budget cuts on the federal and statewide level. We have seen deep cuts to education and health care, while billions in tax breaks have been given away to the wealthiest among us.
After a Riverdale blogger communicated via Twitter with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat about the disrepair of the pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 235th Street, the Department of Transportation started fixing it.
Senate Democrats release new video demonstrating urgency on rent regulations issues
(New York, NY) – Today, Senate Democrats released an important video about the need to extend and strengthen rent regulations. The powerful video features Senator Adriano Espaillat and other advocates of rent regulations in the Senate, as well as everyday tenants who would be devastated if rent regulations are allowed to expire on June 15th.
Today, the New York State Senate passed an important bill sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) which makes it easier for tenants to hold meetings in buildings operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
The legislation (S. 3114) will permit tenants to hold meetings in a common area of NYCHA operated buildings without any fee. Currently, tenant groups and committees, that may not be able to afford a costly social room, sometimes hold meetings in individual apartments or open spaces in possible violation of building codes.
Senator Adriano Espaillat Congratulates President Obama and U.S Armed Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice
(New York, NY) – Tonight, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September, 2001 attacks in New York:
“Tonight is a great night for all New Yorkers and in fact all Americans who were victimized by Osama Bin Laden, a mass murderer and the leader of Al-Qaeda. I congratulate President Barack Obama and our heroes in the United States Armed Forces.
Rent Wars - Whether Cuomo can expand stabilization laws will hinge on Senate GOP
By Jon Lentz
In the 1980s, Andrew Cuomo launched a homeless program that was acclaimed for its innovative model of housing. In the early 1990s, he helped revamp New York City's housing policy for the homeless. By the late 1990s, he was boosting affordable housing across the country as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The test looming for this housing advocate, now governor of New York, is where he'll come down on the state's rent regulation laws, which expire June 15.
Last week, state Senator Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expire on June 15.
The Democratic-led Assembly approved an expansion of rent regulations two weeks ago, but the Republican-led Senate is hesitant to approve a broadening of the regulations. The Democrats' plan would reverse the state's policy enacted 18 years ago, of slow-motion deregulation of housing at the high end by increasing minimums on rent and tenant income.
On April 13th, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock that will be ticking away in Albany until Wednesday, June 15, the day rent regulations will expire if they are not renewed by the state legislature.
The regs, which shelter more than 1 million apartments in the city from full market-rate rents, expire June 14. They last came up for renewal in 2003, with awful results for pro-tenant forces.Uptown state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is technically a freshman, but he has become the Democratic pointman in Albany's tug-of-war over rent regulations.
Democrat senators want rent control reform … and they want it in the next 63 days and 13 minutes, give or take.
A group of senators unveiled this morning an LCD clock that will count down to the end of June 15 — the day when current rent laws expire. Sens. Adriano Espillat, Bill Perkins and Daniel Squadron (not pictured), along with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, are calling for the Senate to pass a bill that extends and strengthens those laws so landlords can’t charge high rents and otherwise exploit loopholes that allow them to deregulate their units.
(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expired on June 15th.