Politics

REBNY president Jim Whelan (right) and Council member Robert Cornegy (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

REBNY asks city to help landlords pay for lead abatement

The Real Estate Board of New York is calling on the city to help landlords cover the costs of...

REBNY asks city to help landlords pay for lead abatement
Huizenga lobbied Rick Scott to secure Opportunity Zone designation for West Palm site

Huizenga lobbied Rick Scott to secure Opportunity Zone designation for West Palm site

The son of Blockbuster video billionaire Wayne Huizenga successfully lobbied then-Gov. Rick Scott to include the site of his...

Huizenga lobbied Rick Scott to secure Opportunity Zone designation for West Palm site
Community Renewal CEO RuthAnne Visnauskas and Citywide Support director Dino Panagoulias  NYS Homes (Credit: LinkedIn, iStock)

Landlords lob another lawsuit at new rent law

UPDATED, Nov. 15, 2019, 3:10 p.m: A group of landlords has filed another lawsuit challenging New York’s new rent...

Landlords lob another lawsuit at new rent law
Softbank's Masayoshi Son and Jared Kushner (Credit: Getty Images)

SoftBank wanted Jared Kushner to divest from Cadre

Talks for SoftBank to fund crowdfunding startup Cadre ended when Jared Kushner declined to divest his ownership stake in...

SoftBank wanted Jared Kushner to divest from Cadre
The Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in Lower Manhattan (Credit: iStock)

Housing court could get a lot more political under reform plan

The city’s housing court judges could become political appointees under a proposal to dramatically rework the state’s judicial system....

Housing court could get a lot more political under reform plan
Jumaane Williams (Credit: Getty Images)

Council to vote on bill to curb Mitchell-Lama cheating

The New York City Council is expected to pass a bill Thursday that aims to highlight violations of the...

Council to vote on bill to curb Mitchell-Lama cheating
Lead was found at four properties in Manhattan, three of which have since resolved the violations. (Credit: Getty Images)

City doing surprise lead inspections on older buildings

Two city agencies are teaming up to perform surprise lead inspections on older buildings undergoing work. The Buildings and...

City doing surprise lead inspections on older buildings
Five real estate trade associations are providing financial backing to a constitutional lawsuit looking to upend New York’s rent law (Credit: iStock)

National groups fund NY landlords’ suit against rent law

It’s not just New York trade associations fighting back against Albany’s new tenant-friendly rent law. Five real estate trade...

National groups fund NY landlords’ suit against rent law
Control freaks: Institutional players take over landlords’ war on rent caps

Control freaks: Institutional players take over landlords’ war on rent caps

When Steve Kessner began buying East Harlem rental buildings in the 1980s, like most landlords of rent-stabilized apartments, he...

Control freaks: Institutional players take over landlords’ war on rent caps
E.L. Tower at 500 South Avenue (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

Charges dropped against tenant leader

Charges have been dropped in a Rochester case against a tenant organizer who was arrested for trespassing. The case was dismissed by Judge Morrison in court last Wednesday, according to the activist, City-Wide Rochester...

Charges dropped against tenant leader
Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg (Credit: Getty Images)

Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition

Despite their many differences, Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg do have a few things in common. Both are billionaires, both may be vying for the same office now that Bloomberg is considering a presidential...

Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition
From left: Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Sen. Monica Martinez, Sen. James Gaughran (Credit: Getty Images)

Pols, real estate pros slam tenant attack on Democrats

A tenant-backed campaign attacking Democratic senators on Long Island for donations from real estate got a chilly reception from...

Pols, real estate pros slam tenant attack on Democrats
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Some builders upset as voters add red tape to projects

Much of the excitement around New York’s election Tuesday centered on the approval of ranked choice voting, but passage...

Some builders upset as voters add red tape to projects
BCTC's Gary LabBarbera and REBNY's Jim Whelan

REBNY, Building Trades join forces on development, policy

The Real Estate Board of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council, two groups that have historically...

REBNY, Building Trades join forces on development, policy
Airbnb lost by a landslide in Jersey City. What went wrong?

Airbnb lost by a landslide in Jersey City. What went wrong?

On Tuesday night, as polls neared closing in a referendum on short-term rentals in Jersey City, Airbnb fired off...

Airbnb lost by a landslide in Jersey City. What went wrong?
Taconic Investment Partners’ Charles Bendit and A&E Real Estate Holding’s Douglas Eisenberg (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Multifamily heavyweights pitched rent plan before Albany hammered landlords

As lawmakers considered changes to the rent laws earlier this year, two of the city’s largest landlords floated an...

Multifamily heavyweights pitched rent plan before Albany hammered landlords
E.L. Tower in Rochester, New York (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

Tenant organizing rights at stake in arrested activist’s case

A criminal case in Rochester could affirm or impair New York tenants’ ability to organize their buildings. Ryan Acuff,...

Tenant organizing rights at stake in arrested activist’s case
Results are in from Jersey City Airbnb referendum

Airbnb deflated as Jersey City voters tighten rental rules

Jersey City voters’ reviews of Airbnb are in, and the startup did not make the grade. In a closely...

Airbnb deflated as Jersey City voters tighten rental rules
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop (Credit: Twitter, iStock, Airbnb)

Stakes are high as Jersey City residents vote on Airbnb

After a fraught campaign in which both Airbnb and the hotel lobby were accused of underhanded tactics, Jersey City...

Stakes are high as Jersey City residents vote on Airbnb
Homes & Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas (Credit: iStock)

Another blow to landlords: New MCI rules are made retroactive, nixing some rent hikes

Landlords who rushed to apply for rent hikes before the new rent stabilization law took effect may not be...

Another blow to landlords: New MCI rules are made retroactive, nixing some rent hikes
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