Why Vote for Joe Maffia?

Why Vote for Joe Maffia?

BY JOE MAFFIA (Assembly candidate for the 75th Assembly District) | Our political landscape has become divided between two political parties, each representing a wide range of people. But the loud voices on the extreme right and left do not necessarily represent most of the people both parties, who land more toward the middle. Since […]

Tenant Protections and Increased Housing Supply: A Prescription for Our Housing Affordability Crisis

Tenant Protections and Increased Housing Supply: A Prescription for Our Housing Affordability Crisis

BY HARRISON MARKS| Recently, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted to increase rents for rent-stabilized tenants by 3.25% for 1-year leases and by 5% in 2-year leases. That doesn’t sound so stable to me. As a candidate running to represent thousands of rent-stabilized tenants in the 75th Assembly District on the west side of Manhattan, […]

Landmarks Commission Hid Report That Demolished Meatpacking Rowhouses Could Be Saved

Landmarks Commission Hid Report That Demolished Meatpacking Rowhouses Could Be Saved

May 20 2o22: An Open Letter to NYC Councilmember Erik Bottcher, NYS Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine from Historic Districts Council, Save Chelsea, and Village Preservation Dear Elected Officials: We write to share disturbing information that has come to light about the recent demolition of nine rowhouse façades […]

What Will it Take to Kill a Bad Idea at Penn Station?

What Will it Take to Kill a Bad Idea at Penn Station?

BY LYNN ELLSWORTH AND SAMUEL A.  TURVEY, CO-COORDINATORS, EMPIRE STATION COALITION | What does it take to kill off bad ideas? Terrible idea number one:  Amtrak, the MTA, and New Jersey Transit want to demolish a big chunk of the historic part of the Penn Station neighborhood via eminent domain, especially targeting the block south of the current station. […]

I Will Not Stand for the Supreme Court’s Egregious Attempt to Reverse Roe V. Wade

I Will Not Stand for the Supreme Court’s Egregious Attempt to Reverse Roe V. Wade

BY LAYLA LAW-GISIKO (candidate, NYS Assembly, District 75) | On Tuesday, May 3, more than a thousand of us rallied at Foley Square to protest the egregious draft Supreme Court decision penned by Justice Alito that would gut the country’s landmark 1973 decision protecting abortion rights. It was inspiring to join so many in the […]

A Neighborhood is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A Neighborhood is a Terrible Thing to Waste

BY SAMUEL A. TURVEY (Chairperson, ReThinkNYC) | New York State Governor Kathy Hochul wants to finance the renovation of Penn Station by demolishing the neighborhood around it and erecting a forest of tax-generating supertalls (corporate towers whose height exceeds that in the current and proposed surrounding area). Now we learn that the Federal share of funding for […]

Guest Opinion: We Need Sunshine on Penn Station!

Guest Opinion: We Need Sunshine on Penn Station!

BY LAYLA LAW-GISIKO (Candidate, AD75 and Chair, Commuity Board 5 Land Use, Housing & Zoning Committee | Penn Station is dark, for more than one reason. This week (March 13-19, 2022) is Sunshine Week—the week where we celebrate transparency and accountability in government. Open government is good government. Let’s bring sunshine into Penn Station! Over […]

Guest Opinion: Penn Station Redevelopment Must Focus on Transportation Issues First

Guest Opinion: Penn Station Redevelopment Must Focus on Transportation Issues First

BY LOWELL KERN, CANDIDATE FOR THE 75th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT | New York deserves a world-class transit hub that works for the city and our surrounding community. The current version of the Penn Station area redevelopment plan fails at achieving this mission—but the solution is not to scrap the entire plan. Instead, we must recognize the […]

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