NYC Financed Record Number Of Affordable Homes In 2017, And A Pot Tax Could Fund The Future

As we look at the future of affordable housing from Harlem to Hollis, we may consider the Forbes projected $240 million and $1.4 billion of medical marijuana tax dollars per year to pay some of the cost of the housing (these numbers do not include legalized recreational marijuana taxes). Continue Reading →

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Statements By Mayor de Blasio And Others On Enactment Of Expanding Economic Opps For City’s M/WBES

On December 29, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation, Chapter 504 of the Laws of 2017, sponsored by State Senator Marisol Alcántara and Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, which gives the City of New York the authority to increase economic opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). Continue Reading →

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Mayor de Blasio Upholds Water Board Credit For 664,000 NY Homeowners From Harlem To Hollis

The Mayor Bill de Blasio today applauded yesterday’s decision from the New York Court of Appeals to uphold the Water Board’s issuance of credits to homeowners. Continue Reading →

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Commissioner Salas And Mayor de Blasio Joined Forces To Combat Predatory Used Car Practices

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall as he signed Introduction 1539 and 1540 to combat predatory practices in the used car industry from Harlem to Hollis. Continue Reading →

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, Harlem’s Ydanis Rodriguez And Others Sign Hookah Bills Into Law

Today, October 16th, 2017, two laws introduced by Harlem Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez to address the increasingly widespread use of non-tobacco shisha among New Yorkers were signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Continue Reading →

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Mayor de Blasio Releases Mayor’s Management Report For Fiscal 2017

The de Blasio administration today released the Mayor’s Management Report  for fiscal year 2017, an analysis of City agencies’ performance from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Continue Reading →

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City Officially Launches East Harlem Rezoning Plan

The city Department of Planning is taking the next step in its ambitious, and divisive, plan to rezone East Harlem in the name of spurring housing and economic development in the neighborhood. Continue Reading →

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Department Of Consumer Affairs Launched First Of Its New Paid Care Division

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has officially launched its new Paid Care Division within its Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) with the first in a series of events to bring together paid care workers, including home care and domestic workers, as well as workers’ rights organizations, policy experts, and legislators. Continue Reading →

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NYC And San Francisco File Brief On Behalf Of Transgender Students

The de Blasio Administration today announced that New York City, in collaboration with the City and County of San Francisco, and together with a coalition of 29 other municipalities across the nation, has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the plaintiff in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.  Continue Reading →

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Mayor de Blasio, Harlem’s Mark-Viverito And Levine Rally For Tenant Free Legal Services

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Mark Levine and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced that, for the first time, the City will fund universal access to legal services for tenants facing eviction in New York City Housing Court. Continue Reading →

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Mayor de Blasio Announces New ParkNYC Mobile Pay System For On Street Parking

The de Blasio Administration today announced the introduction of ParkNYC, a new and convenient way to pay for on-street parking from Harlem to Hollis, Queens. Continue Reading →

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Mayor De Blasio On Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito And The Mandatory Inclusion Law

mayor-de-blasio1In a statement from Mayor Bill De Blasio on the Mandatory Inclusion Law regarding affordable housing and Harlem’s Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stated that:

“Since adopting the nation’s most progressive affordable housing law last spring, the City has already approved developments with 4,500 affordable homes.

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Mayor de Blasio Announced Nearly 1,500 Women Reached Through City’s Mentoring program

Bill_de_BlasioMayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop today announced that nearly 1,500 women have been reached through the City’s WE NYC program, a new program connecting women entrepreneurs with the resources and support they need to build a thriving business. Continue Reading →

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Chick Link To See If Your Harlem Landlord Is Ripping You Off

mayor-de-blasio1On Tuesday, Patch news partner ProPublica published an investigative story by reporter Cezary Podkul that showed thousands of property owners (over 70+ in Harlem) New York are bilking the city and tenants out of millions of dollars. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Mark-Viverito, Rodriguez And Others On DDC Summer School Enrichment Program

melissa-mark-viverito-and-ydanis-rodriguez1Uptown electeds Melissa Mark-Viverito and Ydanis Rodriguez comment on a study of middle school students who participated in the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s (DDC) Middle School Summer Enrichment Program has found that, after the program, students overall were more interested in technical career fields. Continue Reading →

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Appointments Mark Chambers Head Of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Bill_de_BlasioAs each one of us make our own moves to advocate for clean energy, inclusive climate action and sustainability in Harlem, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of Mark Chambers as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Continue Reading →

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Columbia Grad Laurie Hawkinson Appointed To The Cities Public Design Commission

hawkinsonlaurie-architectMayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of Laurie Hawkinson to the Public Design Commission, New York City’s design review agency. Hawkinson brings a wealth of experience in architectural design and capital construction to the Commission, having completed many public and private projects around the world. Continue Reading →

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Children’s Services To Be Investigated After Death Of 6-Year-Old Harlem Boy

nypd-badge1New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that his office will conduct a follow-up investigation on the Administration for Children’s Services following the death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins in Harlem. Continue Reading →

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6-Year-Old Harlem Boy Struck Repeatedly With Broken Broomstick, Held Underwater In Shower (Update)

perkins-mother-andboyfriendAllegations of child abuse were raised to multiple agencies leading up to the death of a 6-year-old Harlem boy, CBS2’s chief political correspondent Marcia Kramer reported, as prosecutors said an autopsy showed the boy had several injuries. Continue Reading →

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Full Reconstruction To Start On Abraham Lincoln Playground in Harlem

housing-complex-in-harlemA Harlem playground has been added to a $285 million city initiative to fully reconstruct long-overlooked parks. Continue Reading →

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Seitu’s World: The 46th Anniversary West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival In Brooklyn

fest11Photographs by Seitu Oronde

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5th, 2016, Seitu Oronde was at the 46th Anniversary West Indian Day Parade (which was started in Harlem) in Jamiaca, New York. Continue Reading →

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