Quinn Kicks Off Mayoral Campaign With Five Borough Tour

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Government Operations, Housing, Latest, News, Social Services

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially announced her campaign for mayor yesterday by touring one neighborhood in each of the five boroughs, an Ed Koch-esque attempt to introduce herself to voters and highlight some of her accomplishments, as well as showcase her outsized personality. Quinn’s campaign was officially announced a couple of hours before the five borough “Walk and Talk” tour began with a five-minute video posted on her campaign website of Quinn sitting in Moonstruck Diner in… [More]

Quinn’s State of the City Speech Lays Out Potential Vision As Mayor

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Housing, News

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn laid out the parameters of an affordable housing plan and committed to supporting and elevating New York City’s middle class in a lofty State of the City speech on Monday. While Quinn delivered the speech at City Hall wearing her hat as Council speaker, her elevated rhetoric and vision for the city that would outlast her term in the Council was clearly that of a politician who plans on shepherding these ideas through as the next… [More]

NYC Mayoral Candidates Square Off On Housing

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Housing, News, Real Estate/Construction

In what was dubbed the first real “debate” of the 2013 election cycle, six New York City mayoral candidates squared off at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn last night on the topic of housing. The event was hosted by the Daily News in conjunction with Metro IAF, and drew a packed house, with audience participation a hallmark of the forum. The candidates–City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former comptroller Bill Thompson, Comptroller John Liu,… [More]

2013 Legislative Preview

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Housing, Labor/Unions, Public Safety, Racing/Wagering, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 legislative agenda was already poised to be an ambitious one, with education reform, economic development and creating a state campaign finance system among the governor’s crowded list of policy goals. Then came Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled New York City, and the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Webster, N.Y., crises that immediately shifted the state’s priorities and added a whole new set of challenges to be overcome. “The agenda that we laid out today is clearly… [More]

New York City Power 100

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Public Safety, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

Who are the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics and government? The answer is both subjective and controversial. Still, in an attempt to arrive at a ranking that reflects who really drives the city’s agenda, City & State has consulted political insiders, considered dozens of reader nominations and incorporated the results of our online polls.… [More]

Gov. Cuomo: In Respects, Sandy Worse Than Katrina

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Housing, News, Public Safety, Real Estate/Construction

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday laid out his latest request for federal aid to repair New York’s storm damage – $32.8 billion and rising, plus $9.1 to prepare for a future storm – he noted that Sandy was worse for New York than Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were in Louisiana in terms of housing damage and the number of power outages. Katrina’s impact exceeds Sandy in terms of lives lost and overall damages ($146.3 billion compared to more than $50 billion), but… [More]

Stringer and Advocacy Groups Hope Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Housing, Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction, Social Services

Elected officials and advocates wasted little time celebrating President Barack Obama’s re-election. That’s because come Jan. 1, Congress could drive the country over the “fiscal cliff” and cut $800 million in federal programs and services. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, along with Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, released a citywide impact report on the fiscal cliff detailing which programs would be cut and by how much. “We would lose, in this country, a billion dollars in cuts to FEMA… [More]

Bloomberg Blames Atlantic Yards Protesters For Delaying Affordable Housing

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, Housing, News, News & Features

Towards the end of a press conference welcoming the New York Islanders to the Barclays Center–where they will play all of their home games starting in 2015–Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the delayed affordable housing portion of the larger Atlantic Yards project. Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner explained that the agreement with the Islanders has no impact on the planned affordable housing, and noted that the first building that is being constructed will be fifty percent affordable. Bloomberg then followed by… [More]