Some good news today for those of you who pick fights with your landlords, or who are harassed by them for no good reason: New York courts are going to stop selling your names to companies that make it harder for you to secure your next apartment.
This policy change in the New York State Unified C ... More >>
When the Jensen Family checked into one of Robert "Toshi" Chan's "suites" at the Zen Garden House, they weren't paying Marriott prices. The window screens in the bedroom were torn and the bathroom walls were full of mold, one of which had a gaping hole. They found hair in the shower stall. It ... More >>
NARAL New York just produced a video and hosted a press conference for Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic candidate for attorney general. NARAL has yet to even endorse Andrew Cuomo, the sitting attorney general who is running for governor.
Yet it is governors who shape abortion policy; Ne ... More >>
Campaigns test and reveal character, and we've learned a lot about Eric Schneiderman's character that we didn't know when he launched his "reform" candidacy for attorney general. The lessons of the last few days include:
--Hoodwinking the New York Times into thinking he was the anti-Cuomo ca ... More >>
Let's say you're going away for a week, or two, or even three, and want to make up some of your vacation money by renting your place to your mom's friend or Uncle Gus, or maybe even putting it up on Craigslist? No dice, at least legally speaking, according to a new bill New York City legislat ... More >>
The Republican near-majority in the state senate has sunk to new lows in the ongoing budget battle, but unlike the Democrats, they are catching no media flak.
Incredibly, 29 of them (with one absentee) voted as a bloc last week against the emergency budget extender that barely passed the senate. Ha ... More >>
This morning we woke up with the news that our governor might soon be having his picture taken with Terry Richardson in the near future no thanks to a New York Times story essentially explaining the various ways he's not only demonstrated his own piss-poor intimidation skills, but the piss- ... More >>
It may seem these days as if our leaders may visit upon David Paterson any insult and get away with it, but apparently Sheldon Silver has tested the limits of such behavior. Today in the Daily News, the assembly speaker suggested that maybe Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch -- the governor-presump ... More >>
By Sara Gates
Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. defected from the Democrats and then defected from the Republicans during last year's Albany madness, but he'll always be loyal to his landlord pals.
Last month, Espada launched a trial balloon for legislation that would ostensibly "freeze rent ... More >>
The state senate leadership finally announced it would establish a special committee to consider colleague Hiram Monserrate's membership. The committee will be chaired by Democratic on Manhattan underboss John Sampson senator Eric Schneiderman and include five Democratic senators -- including locals ... More >>
We said yesterday Hiram Monserrate, having been convicted only of one misdemeanor rather than the felonies he had also been facing, was safe in his state senate seat, of which a felony conviction would have deprived him. Now it looks as if at least one senator may seek to deprive him anyway. Senator ... More >>
It has an air of poetic justice, or maybe Stockholm Syndrome: State senator Hiram Monserrate plans to marry Katy Giraldo, the woman whose face he was accused of carving with a broken glass in a trial that recently went his way, his lawyer says. "Apparently, that's their intentions," mouthpiec ... More >>
You may have heard that last week a mother suffered the indignity of a ticket for breastfeeding her kid in a parked car on East 27th Street. Scoundrels! say we; but at least lactators have the subways, if state senator Liz Krueger and the Breastfeeding Mothers' Subway Caravan have anything to ... More >>
In case you're wondering, they did have another special session of the state senate on Sunday. The Democrats-minus-Espada met, had no quorum, and left; the Republicans-plus-Espada met, had no quorum, and left. They've got this thing down to a science. Each side had a moment of silence, we're not sur ... More >>
There's a full-court press this morning from top state senate Democrats, calling for the Republicans to drop Pedro Espada as their negotiator, calling him "irrational."So far, senators Liz Krueger of Manhattan, Jeff Klein of the Bronx, and David Valesky of Syracuse have weighed in with email press r ... More >>
You might think that the middle of a recession spawned by massive corporate malfeasance wouldn't be the best time to propose a giant tax break for corporations. But then, if you're Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, you might not. Crain's reports today that the dynamic duo of ... More >>
About 700,000 city residents live in households that earn less than $45,000 a year. Those households aren't required to pay state or federal income tax, but they still have to pay income tax in the city.Looking for ways to stimulate spending in a recession, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, alon ... More >>
Assembly controller Shelly Silver declared this week that 2009 would be "the year of the tenant" Silver's proclamations aside, there's a lot state government can do to help the rent-paying classes downstate. On top of the list, says David King in a Gotham Gazette piece, would be to pass a bill that ... More >>