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Rent Regulations: Affordable Housing Advocates Respond

As lawmakers in Albany wrangle over the final details of new legislation to replace the rent regulations that expired June 15, politicians and community leaders are weighing in on the pros and cons. Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called the agreement...

Rent Regs Near Deal, Gay Marriage Pending, Brooklyn Bridge Noise

A deal on rent regulations is expected to be finalized in Albany today, and both landlords and tenants are finding reasons to criticize it. (NYT, NY Daily News) Silver says there's some movement on language for gay marriage bill, but no...

Climbers on the Billyburg Bridge, Skate Park, Child Porn Arrests, Rent Law, Gay Marriage

Two young men were arrested for scaling the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday; they told police they wanted to "take better pictures" (Gothamist, CBS) A beat-up skate park under the Manhattan Bridge gets a grant for a facelift (DNAinfo) An LES childrens' shoe salesman...

Silver Announces Details of Rent Protection Bill

From State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Housing Committee Chair Vito Lopez announced the expected passage of legislation today that will extend and strengthen New York City’s rent regulation laws. The measure (A.2674A/Lopez) includes provisions...

Lawmakers Rally in Support of Protecting Rent Regulated Apartments

Lawmakers rallied at City Hall yesterday in support of extending and expanding New York's rent protection laws. Among those participating: State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (see photo), who represents portions of the Lower East Side. The current rent law expires...

Housing Group Identifies Buildings Being “Intentionally Neglected”

In Albany, the annual battle over New York's byzantine rent laws is starting to heat up. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver might refuse to extend a tax break benefiting real estate developers unless...

Wednesday News Links

The Albany coup's big winner is, perhaps,  New York's real estate industry. The New York Times notes the "most significant expansion of rent regulation and tenant rights in a quarter-century" is now DOA. Some analysts are warning the city's...
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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday. In the news this past week: --"In affordable housing vs. parking lot,...
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