How the Preferential Rent Scam Works

A reform bill introduced in the state legislature would require landlords to renew the lease based on the lower preferential rent as long as the tenant stays in the apartment. The Assembly has passed the bill every year for the last several years, but the Republicans and turncoat Democrats who control the state Senate have refused to pass it.

Private developers are punching holes in the sanctuary state

By Cameron Orr New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo have each promised to make New York a sanctuary from the racist agenda of landlord-in-chief Donald Trump. Trump has promised to cut funding to sanctuary cities and states. Federal funds from Housing and Urban Development to New York…

421-a Corporate Welfare for Developers

“If anyone here believes that 421-a is an affordable housing program, I want to dispel that myth right now. It is an outdated tax break for billionaire developers like landlord-in-chief Donald Trump and should be done away with completely.” These words were spoken by Ava Farkas, executive director of Metropolitan Council on Housing, at a…

Manhattan developers try evasion tactics on affordable housing

by Cameron Orr Application of an affordable housing plan in New York City leaves questions for tenants, working people, and many community advocates about whose interests it is intended to serve. A decision of key importance to the people of New York City will be made by New York City Councilmembers in the next ten…