Mayor Expands City's Green New Deal to Rent-Regulated Buildings
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law a bill that requires some rent-regulated buildings to abide by strict carbon emission caps. The bill, which was spearheaded by Queens Council Member Costa Constantinides, increases the threshold for rent-regulated buildings to be exempted from the city’s Green New Deal emissions reduction requirements. Under the new law, about 1,000 more buildings will have to comply with emissions regulations starting in 2026. The move will reduce about 190,000 tons of climate-harming carbon dioxide per year by 2030, Mayor de Blasio said.