housing Tag All blog entries tagged as housing http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:06:10 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Legislature Passes NYC Housing Authority Reform http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/06/13/legislature-passes-nyc-housing-authority-reform http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/06/13/legislature-passes-nyc-housing-authority-reform Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a victory in the state Legislature today after a measure to reform the New York City Housing Authority was sent to the governor for his signature.

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The legislation does away with the $186,00 annual salaries they receive and adds three new members to the board. Three members will now be required to be residents of public housing. Board members will also no longer enjoy having a driver on call at all times as they do now.

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“Across the country, cities have abandoned public housing, but we refused to do that," Bloomberg said in a statement. "We continued to invest and support our public housing system, and these reforms will help us continue to improve it — in spite of a decade cutbacks by Congress."

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NYCHA is expected to go forward with layoffs, a hiring freeze and the closure of community centers as well as youth and senior programs because of the federal sequester. Almost 100,000 residents who receive reduced rent through a federal program will see their rent increase by up to $72 a month.

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson attacked NYCHA in a statement today:

To punish low-income New Yorkers, most of whom are people of color, for NYCHA’s gross mismanagement, is unjust and unacceptable. Our communities deserve better. I demand that Mayor Bloomberg fire NYCHA Commissioner Rhea. Commissioner Rhea completely failed to prepare for federal funding cuts that have been expected for a long time and continues to oversee NYCHA’s perpetual deficits. The Mayor must implement a real plan that avoids painful rent increases that fixed-income families can’t afford and our communities should not tolerate. When I’m Mayor, I will overhaul the incompetent governing structure of NYCHA and replace it with professionals, NYCHA residents, and real mayoral accountability for the performance of NYCHA.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:08:02 +0000
Today's Headlines: City Shelters Break Record http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/05/todays-headlines-city-shelters-break-record- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/05/todays-headlines-city-shelters-break-record-

A record 50,000 people on average slept in city shelters this January, according to this new report by the Coalition for the Homeless. Over that same period, 1 percent of the city's youth - or 21,000 kids - spent the night in shelters, a 22 percent increase over the past year. Homeless families now spend over a year in shelters on average.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:52:28 +0000
Headlines: Hundreds of Homes to be Demolished; Council's Redistricting Map Approved http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/19/headlines-hundreds-of-homes-to-be-demolished-councils-redistricting-map-approved- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/19/headlines-hundreds-of-homes-to-be-demolished-councils-redistricting-map-approved- About 200 homes that are so damaged they endanger public safety and other buildings nearby will need to be bulldozed, the Buildings Department said on Sunday. That is in addition to that 200 houses already destroyed by the storm. They are also inspecting nearly 500 other damaged structures the could be razed as well. The department said that “only a very small number” of the buildings slated for demolition were at risk of being razed without notice. Officials offered “as much assistance as possible” to homeowners, including aid for demolition costs. The homes slated for removal are located in Breezy Point, Belle Harbor and Rockaway Beach in Queens; South Beach, Midland Beach and Fox Beach on Staten Island, and Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:14:13 +0000
Headlines: Effects of Sandy Linger; Cuomo to Probe Utilities http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/13/headlines-effects-of-sandy-linger-cuomo-to-probe-utilities- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/13/headlines-effects-of-sandy-linger-cuomo-to-probe-utilities- In many pockets throughout the city, the effects of Sandy are still being felt. It could be weeks before damaged hospitals reopen, but Mayor Bloomberg $500 million emergency plan for those hospitals and also public schools. Out of the city's 1,750 schools, 37 remain shuttered. Public housing residents who still have no power will receive a rent credit for their time without services, but not until January. Rockaway is still a demolition zone and mold is becoming a large concern. The city is launching "one-stop restoration centers" that will provide recovery services and disaster relief. The extra money Gov. Cuomo requested from the federal government is far from definite.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:24:15 +0000
Headlines: Homeless and Without Power; Bloomberg Slashed Budget http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/12/headlines-homeless-and-without-power-bloomberg-slashed-budget http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/12/headlines-homeless-and-without-power-bloomberg-slashed-budget Officials have been meeting with the real estate industry in an effort to pair vacant apartments with those displaced by storm damage.

Half of those still without power in the city, some 35,000 residents, live in public housing. Residents and public officials have panned the housing authority's response to the storm. The tenants will be eligible for rent credits for the days they've been without power.

The Long Island Power Authority told hundreds of powerless Rockaway residents they would need to hire a licensed city electrician to inspect their homes before LIPA could restore power. Con Ed said Wednesday's nor’easter knocked out power to 55,000 customers in New York City and Westchester. And LIPA blamed 60,000 new outages on the storm.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:37:58 +0000
Official: Housing Agency Should Review Contracts for Corruption http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/02/official-housing-agency-should-review-contracts-for-corruption http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/02/official-housing-agency-should-review-contracts-for-corruption The public advocate wants the city agency responsible for overseeing the construction of affordable housing to make sure it doesn’t contract with potential crooks.

Bill de Blasio announced earlier today that he had sent the commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development a letter urging the agency to review all current contracts and suspend any involving companies that might be under investigation.

De Blasio said he was spurred to write the letter following reports that an executive at a company bidding for projects with HPD is under investigation for bribery.

“We need to take commonsense precautions any time there is a chance a company bribed its way to city business,” De Blasio said in a statement earlier today.

Catie Marshall, an HPD spokeswoman, said the agency does extensive background checks on all developers and contractors to identify whether they may have been convicted or have been involved in any violations.

“We also recently initiated an enhanced contractor review process to add an extra layer of scrutiny to ensure that contractors with issues related to wage compliance and construction quality are held accountable,” she wrote in an email.

Earlier this year, federal prosecutors accused an executive with the Great American Construction of arranging a $50,000 contract to build the home of a former HPD official.

The firm has withdrawn from one project, but remains under contract for four active projects in Brooklyn and Bronx, the News reported. A coalition of housing groups are calling for the firm to be removed from those projects, three of which are already under construction, the Daily News reports.

The HPD spokeswoman said that the agency hadn’t done any new transactions with Great American Construction since 2009.

“We take seriously any pattern of wrongdoing and weigh the track records of the proposed participants before entering into any transaction,” Marshall said.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 02 Oct 2012 02:36:10 +0000
Headlines: Crackdown on firetraps minimal; Elections Board skirts Management Report http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/24/headlines-crackdown-on-firetraps-minimal-elections-board-skirts-management-report- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/24/headlines-crackdown-on-firetraps-minimal-elections-board-skirts-management-report-

Buildings Department inspectors this year gained access to suspected illegal conversions less than half the time - a rate similar to that of previous years. And the department’s response time to nonemergency complaints, including illegal apartments, actually got worse. Last year Mayor Bloomberg had committed to cracking down on illegal apartment conversions after two fatal fires. The administration counters that it has increased its focus on the highest risk locations.

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New initiative gets private hospitals to offer healthier vending options

Teachers start year under heightened scrutiny

New transfer at 6 Train Bleecker Street station

Board approves future taxi fleet

Help Point high-tech intercoms being installed in stations

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:29:35 +0000
Today's Report: Construction starts down, but residential projects value up http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/24/todays-report-construction-starts-down-but-residential-projects-value-up http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/24/todays-report-construction-starts-down-but-residential-projects-value-up

According to the New York Building Congress, $6.6 billion worth of construction projects were started in New York City in the first half of 2012, a 16 percent decline from the first half of 2011. But the value of residential construction starts more than doubled, jumping to $1.9 billion in the first six months of 2012.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:26:44 +0000
Today's Report: East Harlem affordable housing at risk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/04/todays-report-east-harlem-affordable-housing-at-risk- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/04/todays-report-east-harlem-affordable-housing-at-risk-

Nearly one-third of regulated housing units in East Harlem will lose their rent protection by 2040, according to this survey by the Regional Plan Association.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:19:45 +0000