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. W ... More >>
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 >>
How the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history gave birth to the mortgage crisis
Rev. Louis Gigante, kin to the Genovese crime family, slips from hero to slumlord
How the Attorney General wannabe turned an accused slumlord into a sugar daddy
'The No. 1 worst in the United States'
New Orleans getting more white? Sure, by locking out African Americans
When I came in, there were cockroaches all over. I was crying.
President throws expensive bag of gimmicks at Katrina disaster
After Neighborhood Turnaround, HUD Seeks to Cash Out
An Ally of Senators and Mayors Is Charged With Fraud
Congress Preys on Local Subprime-Lending Protections
It's Residents Out, Homeless Families in at Troubled Complex
Will Any of the Possibilities Really Be Considered?
After Arrests in the HUD Scandal, Will Its Victims Lose Their Homes?
Bushs Housing Secretary Martinez Is a Great Unknown
Pataki, Sweeney, Powers, Fossella to Prosper in Dubya Reign
One Church in the HUD Rehab-Loan Scandal Says It Was a Lamb Led to the Slaughter
The Chilly Victims of the HUD Housing Scam Listen to Some Hot Air
What HUD Knewand Didnt DoAbout the Mortgage-Loan Scandal
A Big Fish Fries the Little Fish in Harlem-Brooklyn Mortgage Scam
Tenants Vow to Boycott Lazio's Law
Lazios Housing Bill Was So Bad It Made D'Amato Seem Reasonable
Reviled RealtorsNursing Home Operators Raising Funds for Campaign
New Public Housing Rules Shun the Poorest New Yorkers
The Mayor's Temper Costs ACORN Contract