At the beginning of this month, Sandy relief dollars ($1.77 billion, to be exact) from Washington began to trickle in to the metropolitan area. But there was a tiny issue: the money would only go to future development - not repairs for past damages.
Remember this? It was a policy that separated Ne ... More >>
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted his cynicism towards a fiscal cliff compromise, blaming the House Republicans' "dictatorship." The New York Post's cover featured a diver jumping off a cliff, with the catchy headline 'This Fall Is Really Going To Hurt.' We later found out t ... More >>
Growing dissent: Urban gardeners besiege City HallBy Adrian Fussell
Looming federal budget cuts mean that community gardens across New York City will likely face a severe, life-threatening drought. And the seeds of protest are already sprouting.
Supporters of GreenThumb, the city's primary comm ... More >>
AM New York had an interesting piece yesterday about a topic that's near and dear to us over here at Runnin' Scared: taxpayer dollars that end up in the pockets of slumlords.
The paper, using data from Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio's office, reported that a beleaguered city program which pro ... More >>
By Scott Greenberg
Speaking earlier this month about Andrew Cuomo's 1997-2000 tenure at HUD, gubernatorial rival Rick Lazio blasted him: "He was the head of an agency that was the worst-rated agency in the federal government, which is really saying something."
That's the exact opposite of what Laz ... More >>
Former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion, who left city politics to become the first director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, is coming home via another federal gig. Carrion will be leaving his current job to become the regional director of New York and New Jersey for HUD.
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New York's Department of Homeless Services has announced plans to cover, at least temporarily, the cost of more than half of the $800 housing vouchers the city announced plans to default on yesterday.
Homeless Services Commissioner Rob Hess says that the city will cover immediate rent costs for 1, ... More >>
When Jack Kemp -- the former Buffalo Bills star, Congressman, HUD Secretary, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, who died of cancer this weekend -- was derided at a function as a mere football player, his daughter retorted, "My daddy wasn't a football player: He was a quarterback." Kemp wa ... More >>
New York City prosecutors remained asleep at the switch while mortgage rip-off artists took huge bites out of the Big Apple, reports The Times's Michael Powell this morning in a great top-of-the fold read.Almost a decade after HUD declared the city a foreclosure fraud "hot zone" and schemesters bega ... More >>