Hundreds of supporters of a coordinated effort to make New York state rent laws more tenant-friendly rallied last week as a dozen state legislators signed their names to pledges calling for the repeal of "vacancy decontrol."
In the alternate universe that is Albany, talks about a hand-off of power from the Senate Republicans to their Democratic counterparts are underway - albeit off to a slow start - despite the fact that it still remains unclear who (if anyone) will lead the chamber on Jan. 7.
Democrats had much to be happy about on Nov. 4, when Sen. Barack Obama beat Sen. John McCain in a landslide and ratcheted up huge majorities in Congress. In New York, the celebration was twice as enjoyable for State Senate Democrats, who secured the majority for the first time in 40 years.
NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today unveiled architectural designs for two new school buildings in Midtown Manhattan that will be built with private investment. The estimated $200 million cost of construction for PS 59 and the High School of Art and Design on East 57th Street will be paid for by private developers as part of a partnership with the Department of Education's Educational Construction Fund (ECF), which develops mixed-use real estate projects featuring new school facilities.
New York—State Senator Liz Krueger joined Governor Paterson today supporting an increase of more than $150 million in Federal Food Stamp benefits for low- and moderate-income families. The additional Federal funding is a result of the State's change in regulations recognizing that residents of public housing pay for their heat costs through their rent payments, hence heating costs should be counted in their food stamp budgets, which is a determining factor in the monthly amount of food stamp assistance received by people living in public housing.
Art Knows No Boundaries—Reaching Out to International Tourists is a two-part presentation. The first will feature members of governmental institutions including Empire State Development Corporation, NYC & Company, and NYS Council on the Arts. The second presentation will feature members of the arts community including the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Repertorio Español.
State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from the East Side with a penchant for good-government policy, thinks there’s something wrong with how the debate about term limits is playing out in the public sphere.
"Ron Lauder opposes. Bloomberg supports. News at 11," she said sarcastically. "Thank you! It’s nice to hear from you too, now can we hear from the other eight million people?"
Community Board 8 voted last week to expand the Lexington Avenue Historic District to include 219 buildings between Fifth and Lexington avenues. The new properties fall between East 72nd and 75th streets to the north, and East 61st and 65th streets to the south.
Forty members voted in favor of the resolution, though six members abstained from the action.
The meeting drew a crowd of more than 200, many of whom wore orange stickers with black lettering reading, "Save Lexington Avenue."
State Sen. Liz Krueger rallied with asthmatic families outside City Hall on Tuesday to push the New York State Toxic Mold Taskforce for stricter regulations. Tenants showed up wearing protective masks and holding moldy pieces of wall and their asthma pumps. Krueger and the families want the city and state to adopt enforceable regulations for mold problems, which have been linked to asthma, and also to provide better inspection training for government employees. At press time, the taskforce was scheduled to hold a hearing to amend current mold regulations on Sept. 23.
"As they are packing their bags to leave Washington the Bush Administration is, yet again, attacking women's rights to reproductive health services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a proposed regulation that they claim will 'protect the conscience of health care providers who do not wish to participate in abortion'.