Politics

Realty Board on Labor Relations president Howard Rothschild and 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg (Credit: Facebook, Linkedin)

Negotiating in a pandemic: 32BJ, landlords reach reopening deal

Labor negotiations can be tense, a give-and-take dance between rivals across the table. But the pandemic changed that dynamic...

Negotiating in a pandemic: 32BJ, landlords reach reopening deal
Costa Constantinides (Credit: VoteCosta)

Bill would cap emissions at many rent-regulated buildings

Last May the city enacted sweeping legislation that required buildings to cap carbon emissions — but it spared properties...

Bill would cap emissions at many rent-regulated buildings
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (Getty)

Assembly speaker fast-tracks rent relief bill

A rent-relief bill facing an uphill battle in the Assembly’s housing committee will head to the chamber floor for...

Assembly speaker fast-tracks rent relief bill
New York State lawmakers have approved a moratorium on evictions for the remainder of the Covid-19 emergency. (iStock)

Eviction-ban bill passed by lawmakers as landlords object

State lawmakers have approved a moratorium on evictions for the remainder of the Covid-19 emergency. The bill, which still...

Eviction-ban bill passed by lawmakers as landlords object
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Vacancy decontrol of rent-stabilized units surged 70% despite new law

Landlords managed to yank nearly 8,000 apartments out of rent regulation using high-rent vacancy decontrol last year before that...

Vacancy decontrol of rent-stabilized units surged 70% despite new law
Photo illustration of Sen. Brian Kavanagh (Credit: Kavanagh by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket, Getty Images, iStock)

Lawmakers skip #CancelRent in favor of more modest bills

State legislators are back in action, but their cancel-rent bills are not. Lawmakers are tabling the controversial bills and...

Lawmakers skip #CancelRent in favor of more modest bills
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

New law shields restaurateurs, retailers who quit leases

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed into law a package of Covid-19 relief bills, including one that temporarily...

New law shields restaurateurs, retailers who quit leases
Michael Gianaris (Photography by Sasha Maslov)

The Closing: Michael Gianaris

State Sen. Michael Gianaris has been an elected official in New York for the past 20 years and became one of the most pivotal figures in state politics last year when he played a...

The Closing: Michael Gianaris
Council member Brad Lander and Gowanus (Credit: Lander by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Will Gowanus be the next botched rezoning?

Determined to avoid the divisive controversies that plague neighborhood rezonings, Brad Lander has spent years trying to build consensus for what Gowanus should become. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who preceded Lander as the area’s...

Will Gowanus be the next botched rezoning?
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City measure to bar landlords from targeting retailers’ assets could face legal challenge

City legislation that temporarily bars landlords from going after restaurant and retailers’ personal assets may face another legal hurdle. Last week, the City Council...

City measure to bar landlords from targeting retailers’ assets could face legal challenge
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