Gotham Gazette Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/component/tags/tag/city-limits 2017-12-13T20:36:31+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Voters Guide for the City's 2017 General Election 2017-10-25T04:00:00+00:00 2017-10-25T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7274:voters-guide-for-the-2017-city-general-election Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/29371579580_504746f976_z_2.jpg" alt="de Blasio voting election" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>(photo:&nbsp;Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 -- BE READY TO VOTE!</p> <p>
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Max & Murphy on Politics 2017-06-01T04:00:00+00:00 2017-06-01T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6183:max-a-murphy-on-housing Carmen Russo <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2016/max-murphy-housing.jpg" alt="max murphy screenshots" width="600" height="240" style="font-size: 12.16px;" /></p> <p>Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette</p> <hr /> <p>Each week, Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits discuss the latest on policy and politics in New York.&nbsp;Episodes, which are typically 10-15 minutes, began in February, 2016 with a focus on housing, but have expanded to other topics. Episodes are below, and can also be found on iTunes and other podcast networks. LISTEN:</p> <p><strong>June 1st, 2017: Election Season is Here!</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/325575488&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 25th, 2017: De Blasio in the Bronx; City's Transit System Becomes a Focus</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/324498315&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 17th, 2017: The Mayor's Homelessness Plan &amp; Election Year Politics</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/323070985&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 8th, 2017: Controversy at Correction; The Latest in the Mayoral Race; Rezoning Politics; Stalled Voting Reforms; &amp; More:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/321573277&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 21, 2017: De Blasio Versus the Media, Re-election Year News, &amp; The Mayor in the Boroughs</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/318826130&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 9th, 2017: Federal cuts looming? 421-a debates &amp; the Mayor's new approach to homelessness</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/311585999&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>January 19th, 2017</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303542171&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>December 2, 2016: 421-A Back from the Dead? New $ for Public Housing, and ZoneIn!</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/295897990&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>October 27, 2016: What's at stake for New York City on Election Day?</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/290255553&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>August 12, 2016: New York City Homeownership Trends, MIH gets real, and more:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/278002906&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>July 26, 2016: With the presidential campaign in full swing and the national party platforms adopted, Max &amp; Murphy are joined by Rachel Fee, executive director of the New York Housing Conference, to discuss federal housing policy and how it relates to New York:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/275446551&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>June 23, 2016: In a special episode, we were joined by two leaders of Coalition for the Homeless, Mary Brosnahan and Shelly Nortz, to discuss a wide range of issues related to city and state homelessness-fighting policies, including problems around state funding and signs of progress with city management:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/270557367&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>June 16, 2016: The Latest at NYCHA, from its Chair &amp; CEO</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/269593193&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>June 9, 2016: A Lot to Watch for On Housing: Next Rezonings, New Legislation, State MOU?</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/268311634&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong> May 26, 2016: Tenant Protection Efforts and Signs of Progress at NYCHA</strong> <iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/266078255&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 12, 2016: NYCHA's 'Core Challenge' with guest Ritchie Torres, New York City Council member and chair of the public housing committee</strong>&nbsp; <iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/263810263&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 4, 2016: A Lot in the Spring Balance</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/262502772&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 21, 2016: Presidential Candidates Visit Public Housing; Next Up: 421-A</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/260200696&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 8, 2016: The presidential primaries are here - in New York!</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257974360&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 1, 2016: Big Housing $ in the State Budget</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/256765057&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 25, 2016: Putting MIH Into Context</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/254998332&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 18, 2016: Good and Bad News for Mayor de Blasio</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/252720407&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 10, 2016: The Politics of De Blasio's Housing Plan Heats Up</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/251187336&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 4, 2016: Governor Cuomo Casts a Shadow Over Housing Hearing</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/250186524&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Feb. 26, 2016: Amid fears of gentrification, neighborhood plans move ahead</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/249032794&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Feb. 19, 2016: As the City Council deliberates, neighborhood planning heats up</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/247884112&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Feb. 12, 2016: The City Council hears two major de Blasio zoning proposals</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/246587724&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>You can find more from Ben Max and Jarrett Murphy by visiting the latest reporting <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">from Gotham Gazette</a> and <a href="http://citylimits.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">from City Limits</a>; and find us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2016/max-murphy-housing.jpg" alt="max murphy screenshots" width="600" height="240" style="font-size: 12.16px;" /></p> <p>Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette</p> <hr /> <p>Each week, Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits discuss the latest on policy and politics in New York.&nbsp;Episodes, which are typically 10-15 minutes, began in February, 2016 with a focus on housing, but have expanded to other topics. Episodes are below, and can also be found on iTunes and other podcast networks. LISTEN:</p> <p><strong>June 1st, 2017: Election Season is Here!</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/325575488&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 25th, 2017: De Blasio in the Bronx; City's Transit System Becomes a Focus</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/324498315&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 17th, 2017: The Mayor's Homelessness Plan &amp; Election Year Politics</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/323070985&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 8th, 2017: Controversy at Correction; The Latest in the Mayoral Race; Rezoning Politics; Stalled Voting Reforms; &amp; More:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/321573277&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 21, 2017: De Blasio Versus the Media, Re-election Year News, &amp; The Mayor in the Boroughs</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/318826130&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 9th, 2017: Federal cuts looming? 421-a debates &amp; the Mayor's new approach to homelessness</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/311585999&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>January 19th, 2017</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/303542171&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>December 2, 2016: 421-A Back from the Dead? New $ for Public Housing, and ZoneIn!</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/295897990&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>October 27, 2016: What's at stake for New York City on Election Day?</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/290255553&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>August 12, 2016: New York City Homeownership Trends, MIH gets real, and more:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/278002906&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>July 26, 2016: With the presidential campaign in full swing and the national party platforms adopted, Max &amp; Murphy are joined by Rachel Fee, executive director of the New York Housing Conference, to discuss federal housing policy and how it relates to New York:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/275446551&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>June 23, 2016: In a special episode, we were joined by two leaders of Coalition for the Homeless, Mary Brosnahan and Shelly Nortz, to discuss a wide range of issues related to city and state homelessness-fighting policies, including problems around state funding and signs of progress with city management:</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/270557367&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>June 16, 2016: The Latest at NYCHA, from its Chair &amp; CEO</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/269593193&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>June 9, 2016: A Lot to Watch for On Housing: Next Rezonings, New Legislation, State MOU?</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/268311634&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong> May 26, 2016: Tenant Protection Efforts and Signs of Progress at NYCHA</strong> <iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/266078255&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 12, 2016: NYCHA's 'Core Challenge' with guest Ritchie Torres, New York City Council member and chair of the public housing committee</strong>&nbsp; <iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/263810263&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>May 4, 2016: A Lot in the Spring Balance</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/262502772&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 21, 2016: Presidential Candidates Visit Public Housing; Next Up: 421-A</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/260200696&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 8, 2016: The presidential primaries are here - in New York!</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257974360&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>April 1, 2016: Big Housing $ in the State Budget</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/256765057&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 25, 2016: Putting MIH Into Context</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/254998332&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 18, 2016: Good and Bad News for Mayor de Blasio</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/252720407&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 10, 2016: The Politics of De Blasio's Housing Plan Heats Up</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/251187336&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>March 4, 2016: Governor Cuomo Casts a Shadow Over Housing Hearing</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/250186524&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Feb. 26, 2016: Amid fears of gentrification, neighborhood plans move ahead</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/249032794&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Feb. 19, 2016: As the City Council deliberates, neighborhood planning heats up</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/247884112&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Feb. 12, 2016: The City Council hears two major de Blasio zoning proposals</strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/246587724&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>You can find more from Ben Max and Jarrett Murphy by visiting the latest reporting <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">from Gotham Gazette</a> and <a href="http://citylimits.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">from City Limits</a>; and find us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>.</p> Mixed Bag in Latest Government Efforts Fighting Homelessness, Providers Say 2016-06-24T04:00:00+00:00 2016-06-24T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6411:mixed-bag-in-latest-government-efforts-fighting-homelessness-advocates-say Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/coalition_for_the_homeless_protest.jpg" alt="coalition for the homeless protest" width="600" height="400" /></p> <hr /> <p>On Thursday, June 23, the two leaders of Coalition for the Homeless, Mary Brosnahan and Shelly Nortz, talked with Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits about where things stand in terms of city and state efforts to curb homelessness. The discussion centered around the recent end of legislative session in Albany and the fate of nearly $2 billion in state money dedicated, but not released, for homelessness prevention and affordable housing. City efforts to improve homelessness prevention, shelter conditions, and management of services were also a key part of the discussion, including assessing the de Blasio administration as it works to correct its record on those subjects.</p> <p>Listen to our conversation:</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/270557367&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/coalition_for_the_homeless_protest.jpg" alt="coalition for the homeless protest" width="600" height="400" /></p> <hr /> <p>On Thursday, June 23, the two leaders of Coalition for the Homeless, Mary Brosnahan and Shelly Nortz, talked with Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits about where things stand in terms of city and state efforts to curb homelessness. The discussion centered around the recent end of legislative session in Albany and the fate of nearly $2 billion in state money dedicated, but not released, for homelessness prevention and affordable housing. City efforts to improve homelessness prevention, shelter conditions, and management of services were also a key part of the discussion, including assessing the de Blasio administration as it works to correct its record on those subjects.</p> <p>Listen to our conversation:</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/270557367&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%" height="250" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> Homeless Young Adults Can Fall through a Crack in Shelter System 2016-02-03T15:54:31+00:00 2016-02-03T15:54:31+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6140:homeless-young-adults-can-fall-through-a-crack-in-shelter-system Super User <p><img style="margin: 5px;" alt="crackinshelter.jpg" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/crackinshelter.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Julie Laurence, Chief Program Officer at Girls Educational &amp; Mentoring Services (GEMS) with one of their members at their drop-in center. (Photo by <a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/03/homeless-young-adults-can-fall-through-a-crack-in-shelter-system/">City Limits</a>/Adi Talwar)</p> <hr /> <p>Turning 21 is a milestone with a different meaning for a homeless youth in New York. When that day arrives, he or she usually must leave the city's youth shelter system, and they also lose many essential services. If they haven't found permanent housing on their own, they are forced back out onto the street. They can go into the large adult shelter system, but most youth don't feel safe mixed into the general adult population. Yet the city's supportive housing and the new LINC housing program are accessible only through shelters, meaning young people can miss out.</p> <p>"The youth population is not provided with anywhere near enough resources to prevent them from becoming chronically homeless adults," says Craig Hughes, Assistant Director of Resource Counseling at Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project. "Without access to housing subsidies provided by the City, as well as resources such as public housing and consistent access to supportive housing, far too many homeless young people are at significant risk for violence, abuse and exploitation."</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/03/homeless-young-adults-can-fall-through-a-crack-in-shelter-system/">Read more at City Limits</a></p> <p><img style="margin: 5px;" alt="crackinshelter.jpg" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/crackinshelter.jpg" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Julie Laurence, Chief Program Officer at Girls Educational &amp; Mentoring Services (GEMS) with one of their members at their drop-in center. (Photo by <a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/03/homeless-young-adults-can-fall-through-a-crack-in-shelter-system/">City Limits</a>/Adi Talwar)</p> <hr /> <p>Turning 21 is a milestone with a different meaning for a homeless youth in New York. When that day arrives, he or she usually must leave the city's youth shelter system, and they also lose many essential services. If they haven't found permanent housing on their own, they are forced back out onto the street. They can go into the large adult shelter system, but most youth don't feel safe mixed into the general adult population. Yet the city's supportive housing and the new LINC housing program are accessible only through shelters, meaning young people can miss out.</p> <p>"The youth population is not provided with anywhere near enough resources to prevent them from becoming chronically homeless adults," says Craig Hughes, Assistant Director of Resource Counseling at Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project. "Without access to housing subsidies provided by the City, as well as resources such as public housing and consistent access to supportive housing, far too many homeless young people are at significant risk for violence, abuse and exploitation."</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/03/homeless-young-adults-can-fall-through-a-crack-in-shelter-system/">Read more at City Limits</a></p> Four Decades of Dedication: City Limits’ Story 2016-02-02T19:00:48+00:00 2016-02-02T19:00:48+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6136:four-decades-of-dedication-city-limits-story Super User <p><img style="margin: 5px;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2016/fourdecades-citylimits-600.jpg" alt="fourdecades-citylimits-600" class="size-large wp-image-360522" width="600" height="397" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Tom Robbins and Annette Fuentes, City Limits' editing team in the early 1980s, in the magazine's offices. (photo courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/02/four-decades-of-dedication-city-limits-story/">City Limits</a>/Brian Patrick O'Donohue)</p> <hr /> <p>Since its start 40 years ago this month, City Limits has published millions of words about hundreds of topics and survived thanks to the smarts and sacrifice of dozens of journalists. The history below, combining an essay my predecessor Alyssa Katz wrote on the occasion of our 30th anniversary with my own update on the past 10 years, doesn't pretend to capture all the people and projects that made City Limits what it is. Hopefully, however, it does give a sense of where City Limits came from, the changes it has seen and the values that continue to drive our journalism four decades in. –Jarrett Murphy.</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><b>1976-1979: A Mission Begins</b></h1> <h3>The Saving of 414 West 48th Street</h3> <h3>What is Redlining? (Answer: Redlining is a white collar crime.)</h3> <h3>South Bronx Snubbed on Redevelopment Plan</h3> <p>The headlines were forceful, printed in capital letters. They came from a publication that spoke to its times.</p> <p>In 1976, New York City's neighborhoods were facing crushing challenges unlike any they had seen before. The city's fiscal crisis had left New York with few resources and a growing sense of doom. In many neighborhoods, arson and abandonment of apartment buildings were becoming everyday occurrences, as some property owners determined that their real estate was worth more in insurance proceeds than it was for its rental income. By the summer of 1977, more than 20,000 buildings in New York would be abandoned. At the end of that year the city owned 6,000 buildings and was poised to foreclose on 25,000 more.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/02/four-decades-of-dedication-city-limits-story/">Read more about this era and several others leading to present day and the future, at City Limits</a></p> <p><img style="margin: 5px;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2016/fourdecades-citylimits-600.jpg" alt="fourdecades-citylimits-600" class="size-large wp-image-360522" width="600" height="397" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Tom Robbins and Annette Fuentes, City Limits' editing team in the early 1980s, in the magazine's offices. (photo courtesy of <a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/02/four-decades-of-dedication-city-limits-story/">City Limits</a>/Brian Patrick O'Donohue)</p> <hr /> <p>Since its start 40 years ago this month, City Limits has published millions of words about hundreds of topics and survived thanks to the smarts and sacrifice of dozens of journalists. The history below, combining an essay my predecessor Alyssa Katz wrote on the occasion of our 30th anniversary with my own update on the past 10 years, doesn't pretend to capture all the people and projects that made City Limits what it is. Hopefully, however, it does give a sense of where City Limits came from, the changes it has seen and the values that continue to drive our journalism four decades in. –Jarrett Murphy.</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><b>1976-1979: A Mission Begins</b></h1> <h3>The Saving of 414 West 48th Street</h3> <h3>What is Redlining? (Answer: Redlining is a white collar crime.)</h3> <h3>South Bronx Snubbed on Redevelopment Plan</h3> <p>The headlines were forceful, printed in capital letters. They came from a publication that spoke to its times.</p> <p>In 1976, New York City's neighborhoods were facing crushing challenges unlike any they had seen before. The city's fiscal crisis had left New York with few resources and a growing sense of doom. In many neighborhoods, arson and abandonment of apartment buildings were becoming everyday occurrences, as some property owners determined that their real estate was worth more in insurance proceeds than it was for its rental income. By the summer of 1977, more than 20,000 buildings in New York would be abandoned. At the end of that year the city owned 6,000 buildings and was poised to foreclose on 25,000 more.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://citylimits.org/2016/02/02/four-decades-of-dedication-city-limits-story/">Read more about this era and several others leading to present day and the future, at City Limits</a></p> 40 Stories, 40 Years: City Limits and the History of Today's New York City 2016-01-31T05:00:00+00:00 2016-01-31T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6132:40-stories-40-years-city-limits-and-the-history-of-todays-new-york-city Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/City_Limits_1983_February.jpg" alt="City Limits 1983 February" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="530" /></p> <p>History is always a summary. It weaves together disparate threads of individual experiences, and some threads color the pattern more than others. The conventional narrative of New York City after the 1970s fiscal crisis emphasizes what mayors, police commissioners, developers and other powerful people did.</p> <p>But that's not <em>the</em> story. It's just one.</p> <p>Since its founding 40 years ago this month, City Limits has told a different tale—one that has sometimes complemented, and other times contradicted the official version. That's because we talked about the New York seen by people like tenants, single mothers, strikers, prisoners, advocates, social workers, the homeless, the young and others who, when they strolled the traditional corridors of power, did so with a visitor's pass.</p> <p>As the excerpted stories below indicate, those New Yorkers had their own kind of power, and the city has been shaped by it. The stories are just snippets from our work over the past four decades. They reflect the history that City Limits saw and the New York it was founded to cover.</p> <p><em>For a look at those stories as City Limits hits its 40th anniversary, <a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/31/40-stories-40-years-city-limits-and-the-history-of-todays-new-york-city/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/City_Limits_1983_February.jpg" alt="City Limits 1983 February" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="530" /></p> <p>History is always a summary. It weaves together disparate threads of individual experiences, and some threads color the pattern more than others. The conventional narrative of New York City after the 1970s fiscal crisis emphasizes what mayors, police commissioners, developers and other powerful people did.</p> <p>But that's not <em>the</em> story. It's just one.</p> <p>Since its founding 40 years ago this month, City Limits has told a different tale—one that has sometimes complemented, and other times contradicted the official version. That's because we talked about the New York seen by people like tenants, single mothers, strikers, prisoners, advocates, social workers, the homeless, the young and others who, when they strolled the traditional corridors of power, did so with a visitor's pass.</p> <p>As the excerpted stories below indicate, those New Yorkers had their own kind of power, and the city has been shaped by it. The stories are just snippets from our work over the past four decades. They reflect the history that City Limits saw and the New York it was founded to cover.</p> <p><em>For a look at those stories as City Limits hits its 40th anniversary, <a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/31/40-stories-40-years-city-limits-and-the-history-of-todays-new-york-city/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> The Numbers on NYC's Property Tax Non-Problem 2016-01-27T22:56:51+00:00 2016-01-27T22:56:51+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6121:the-numbers-on-nycs-property-tax-non-problem Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/city_limits_tax_rates_graph.jpg" alt="city limits tax rates graph" width="600" height="380" /></p> <hr /> <p>When Mayor de Blasio arrived in Albany on Tuesday, he had a lot to talk about: aid to CUNY, cost-sharing for Medicaid, mayoral control of the schools and more. Instead, upstate lawmakers wanted to talk about a property tax cap. New York City is the only place in the state that doesn't have one, and apparently that irks Republicans.</p> <p>The property tax is one of the few revenue lines that the city controls on its own. If it wants to raise other taxes, like the income tax, it has to go to Albany for approval. That fact is probably not unrelated to the push to get the mayor to surrender his authority to raise the property levy.</p> <p>The property tax accounts for about 40 percent of the city's revenue each year, twice as much as the personal income tax (about 20 percent) or sales tax (roughly 14 percent). Mayor Bloomberg oversaw a significant increase to close the post September 11 budget gap, a move that hurt his first-term popularity a lot. As the chart above indicates, growth in the tax rate has been modest; it actually dropped last year on "class 1" properties. Since property tax revenue grows with property values, those numbers (in the chart below) rise a little more, especially for some classes of properties.</p> <p>Read more about NYC's property tax non-problem <a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/27/the-numbers-on-nycs-property-tax-non-problem/" target="_blank">from City Limits here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/city_limits_tax_rates_graph.jpg" alt="city limits tax rates graph" width="600" height="380" /></p> <hr /> <p>When Mayor de Blasio arrived in Albany on Tuesday, he had a lot to talk about: aid to CUNY, cost-sharing for Medicaid, mayoral control of the schools and more. Instead, upstate lawmakers wanted to talk about a property tax cap. New York City is the only place in the state that doesn't have one, and apparently that irks Republicans.</p> <p>The property tax is one of the few revenue lines that the city controls on its own. If it wants to raise other taxes, like the income tax, it has to go to Albany for approval. That fact is probably not unrelated to the push to get the mayor to surrender his authority to raise the property levy.</p> <p>The property tax accounts for about 40 percent of the city's revenue each year, twice as much as the personal income tax (about 20 percent) or sales tax (roughly 14 percent). Mayor Bloomberg oversaw a significant increase to close the post September 11 budget gap, a move that hurt his first-term popularity a lot. As the chart above indicates, growth in the tax rate has been modest; it actually dropped last year on "class 1" properties. Since property tax revenue grows with property values, those numbers (in the chart below) rise a little more, especially for some classes of properties.</p> <p>Read more about NYC's property tax non-problem <a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/27/the-numbers-on-nycs-property-tax-non-problem/" target="_blank">from City Limits here</a>.</p> Green Jobs Gone Missing 2016-01-26T22:13:51+00:00 2016-01-26T22:13:51+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6116:green-jobs-gone-missing-city-limits-cuny-j-school Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/SolarCity_photo.png" alt="SolarCity photo" width="600" height="343" /></p> <p>Solar City<span style="text-align: center;"></span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;">***The following is <a href="http://citylimits.org/series/greenjobs" target="_blank">an investigative series</a> by our partner City Limits News, with CUNY Graduate School of Journalism***</p> <p>In 2009, New York State officials said the Green Jobs/Green New York program would retrofit a million houses and create 14,000 jobs. The results fell well short. Are there lessons to be learned for Gov. Cuomo's new wave of energy innovation?</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/albany-debate-hemmed-hopes-for-a-green-work-revolution/" title="Permalink to Albany Debate Hemmed Hopes for a Green-Work Revolution" rel="bookmark">Albany Debate Hemmed Hopes for a Green-Work Revolution</a></h2> <p>By Patrick Donachie and Jessica Bal</p> <p>When the Green Jobs/Green New York bill was signed in 2009, there was talk of delivering both energy efficiency and economic justice. But prospects for real progress were narrowed by negotiations over the law.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/nyss-green-energy-loans-played-hard-to-get/" title="Permalink to NYS’s Green-Energy Loans Played Hard to Get" rel="bookmark">NYS's Green-Energy Loans Played Hard to Get</a></h2> <p>By Annamarya Scaccia and Brooke L. Williams</p> <p>Some borrowers report positive experiences—and significant savings—under the Green Jobs/Green New York program. But others had a frustrating time with the loan program's rules and processes.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/flaws-plagued-pioneering-plan-to-upgrade-homes-of-the-poor/" title="Permalink to Flaws Plagued Pioneering Plan to Upgrade Homes of the Poor" rel="bookmark">Flaws Plagued Pioneering Plan to Upgrade Homes of the Poor</a></h2> <p>By Samuel Lieberman, Annamarya Scaccia and Brooke L. Williams</p> <p>New York charted a new path to energy efficiency, using "on-bill financing" so low-income homeowners could get retrofits they couldn't afford up front. But utility companies, lenders and ratings companies all made demands and decisions that made the approach a poor fit for households of limited means.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/video-one-mans-path-to-a-green-job/" title="Permalink to Video: One Man’s Path to a Green Job" rel="bookmark">Video: One Man’s Path to a Green Job</a></h2> <p>By Olivia Leach</p> <p>James Eleby turns discarded scrap wood into new tables at a Brooklyn factory. Learn how he got a foothold in the green economy.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/why-a-green-jobs-program-produced-so-few-jobs/" title="Permalink to Why a Green Jobs Program Produced So Few Jobs" rel="bookmark">Why a Green Jobs Program Produced So Few Jobs</a></h2> <p>By Rose Itzcovitz</p> <p>Some hoped the Green Jobs/Green New York program would produce as many as 14,000, but it appears to have generated but a few hundred. People who worked with the initiative said abundant paperwork and an under-developed market were part of the problem.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/video-inside-a-green-jobs-training-program/" title="Permalink to Video: Inside a Green-Jobs Training Program" rel="bookmark">Video: Inside a Green-Jobs Training Program</a></h2> <p>By Olivia Leach&nbsp;</p> <p>Go inside the classroom and hear from an instructor who's helping to train the new green workforce.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/after-hope-and-hype-green-jobs-numbers-have-proved-elusive/" title="Permalink to After Hope and Hype, Green Jobs Numbers Have Proved Elusive" rel="bookmark">After Hope and Hype, Green Jobs Numbers Have Proved Elusive</a></h2> <p>By Maura Ewing</p> <p>A few years ago, from New York's City Hall to the state house to the Obama administration, everyone was excited about the prospect of creating thousands of green jobs. The result differs from the rhetoric.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/audio-the-new-math-on-green-jobs/" title="Permalink to Audio: The New Math on Green Jobs" rel="bookmark">Audio: The New Math on Green Jobs</a></h2> <p>By Jack D'Isidoro</p> <p>It isn't that green jobs don't exist. It's that instead of new jobs materializing, existing jobs got greener.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/SolarCity_photo.png" alt="SolarCity photo" width="600" height="343" /></p> <p>Solar City<span style="text-align: center;"></span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;">***The following is <a href="http://citylimits.org/series/greenjobs" target="_blank">an investigative series</a> by our partner City Limits News, with CUNY Graduate School of Journalism***</p> <p>In 2009, New York State officials said the Green Jobs/Green New York program would retrofit a million houses and create 14,000 jobs. The results fell well short. Are there lessons to be learned for Gov. Cuomo's new wave of energy innovation?</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/albany-debate-hemmed-hopes-for-a-green-work-revolution/" title="Permalink to Albany Debate Hemmed Hopes for a Green-Work Revolution" rel="bookmark">Albany Debate Hemmed Hopes for a Green-Work Revolution</a></h2> <p>By Patrick Donachie and Jessica Bal</p> <p>When the Green Jobs/Green New York bill was signed in 2009, there was talk of delivering both energy efficiency and economic justice. But prospects for real progress were narrowed by negotiations over the law.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/nyss-green-energy-loans-played-hard-to-get/" title="Permalink to NYS’s Green-Energy Loans Played Hard to Get" rel="bookmark">NYS's Green-Energy Loans Played Hard to Get</a></h2> <p>By Annamarya Scaccia and Brooke L. Williams</p> <p>Some borrowers report positive experiences—and significant savings—under the Green Jobs/Green New York program. But others had a frustrating time with the loan program's rules and processes.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/flaws-plagued-pioneering-plan-to-upgrade-homes-of-the-poor/" title="Permalink to Flaws Plagued Pioneering Plan to Upgrade Homes of the Poor" rel="bookmark">Flaws Plagued Pioneering Plan to Upgrade Homes of the Poor</a></h2> <p>By Samuel Lieberman, Annamarya Scaccia and Brooke L. Williams</p> <p>New York charted a new path to energy efficiency, using "on-bill financing" so low-income homeowners could get retrofits they couldn't afford up front. But utility companies, lenders and ratings companies all made demands and decisions that made the approach a poor fit for households of limited means.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/video-one-mans-path-to-a-green-job/" title="Permalink to Video: One Man’s Path to a Green Job" rel="bookmark">Video: One Man’s Path to a Green Job</a></h2> <p>By Olivia Leach</p> <p>James Eleby turns discarded scrap wood into new tables at a Brooklyn factory. Learn how he got a foothold in the green economy.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/why-a-green-jobs-program-produced-so-few-jobs/" title="Permalink to Why a Green Jobs Program Produced So Few Jobs" rel="bookmark">Why a Green Jobs Program Produced So Few Jobs</a></h2> <p>By Rose Itzcovitz</p> <p>Some hoped the Green Jobs/Green New York program would produce as many as 14,000, but it appears to have generated but a few hundred. People who worked with the initiative said abundant paperwork and an under-developed market were part of the problem.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/video-inside-a-green-jobs-training-program/" title="Permalink to Video: Inside a Green-Jobs Training Program" rel="bookmark">Video: Inside a Green-Jobs Training Program</a></h2> <p>By Olivia Leach&nbsp;</p> <p>Go inside the classroom and hear from an instructor who's helping to train the new green workforce.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/after-hope-and-hype-green-jobs-numbers-have-proved-elusive/" title="Permalink to After Hope and Hype, Green Jobs Numbers Have Proved Elusive" rel="bookmark">After Hope and Hype, Green Jobs Numbers Have Proved Elusive</a></h2> <p>By Maura Ewing</p> <p>A few years ago, from New York's City Hall to the state house to the Obama administration, everyone was excited about the prospect of creating thousands of green jobs. The result differs from the rhetoric.</p> <h2><a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/26/audio-the-new-math-on-green-jobs/" title="Permalink to Audio: The New Math on Green Jobs" rel="bookmark">Audio: The New Math on Green Jobs</a></h2> <p>By Jack D'Isidoro</p> <p>It isn't that green jobs don't exist. It's that instead of new jobs materializing, existing jobs got greener.</p>