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DOB Releases Map of Construction Sites Requiring Safety Training

August 7, 2019    

A new interactive map recently released by New York City's Department of Buildings shows 8,000 construction sites where supervisors and workers must have site safety training under Local Law 196 of 2017. The law requires training for workers at large-scale construction projects, such as...

De Blasio Administration Issues Report to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities

August 7, 2019    

In conjunction with the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Mayor de Blasio and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Commissioner Victor Calise recently released the 2019 AccessibleNYC report. The fourth annual report provides a...

City Advances on Low-Income Housing Goal for Vulnerable Populations

August 7, 2019    

Mayor de Blasio recently announced that the city financed 25,299 low-income homes in Fiscal Year 2019, and a total of 135,437 affordable homes since 2014. This represents significant strides toward the mayor’s goal to create 300,000 low-income homes by 2026 through the Housing New York (...

Airbnb Host’s Civil Rights Lawsuit Against City Advances

July 10, 2019    

A Brooklyn Airbnb host who claimed he was unfairly targeted by the city in retaliation for his advocacy against legislation regulating home-sharing activity will move forward with a civil rights lawsuit after a U.S. District Court judge dismissed some of his claims but declined to throw out the...

De Blasio Administration Opposes HUD Proposal to Evict Mixed-Status Families

July 10, 2019    

The de Blasio Administration recently announced it submitted formal comments to the federal government in opposition to a proposed rule that would evict thousands of New Yorkers from federally assisted housing based on immigration status. It’s estimated that the rule change would have an...

Owner Groups Prepare to Fight Rent Laws in Federal Court

July 10, 2019    

Two owner groups, the Rent Stabilization Association and the Community Housing Improvement Program, are expected to file a lawsuit soon challenging the new rent law signed in June by Gov. Cuomo. The lawsuit is likely to be argued on the basis that the new rent law violate owners’...

Tenant Protest Leads to Arrests as Rent Reg Renewal Deadline Nears

June 6, 2019    

At a recent protest in Albany, hundreds of protesters frustrated by the slow movement of proposals to strengthen tenant protections in New York State blocked access to the Senate and Assembly chambers in Albany. Sixty-one people throughout the Capitol were arrested and charged with disorderly...

Governor Cuomo Opposes Outright Elimination of MCIs, IAIs

June 6, 2019    

At a recent press conference, Gov. Cuomo rejected the idea of eliminating the major capital improvements (MCIs) and individual apartment improvements (IAIs) mechanisms for recouping owner capital investments in rent-regulated buildings. He said the package of reforms he and the state Legislature...

Bill Would Require Racial Impact Analysis on Rezonings

June 6, 2019    

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams intends to introduce legislation that would force a racial impact analysis as part of the city’s environmental impact statement of zoning changes. City-led rezonings have faced criticisms for targeting neighborhoods of color. “Rezonings have had a net...

Apartment Law Insider Receives Newsletter Award

June 5, 2019    

For the third year in a row, New York Apartment Law Insider has been recognized by the Specialized Information Publishers Association as one of the best business newsletters published today. Also among the top three newsletters awarded was the Insider's sister publication...

Mayor Launches Lead Paint Testing Program at NYCHA

May 2, 2019    

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently initiated NYCHA’s new lead-based paint testing program. For the first time, 135,000 apartments will be tested with portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers. Surpassing local and federal requirements, this effort will determine the presence of lead paint and...

Mayor Appoints Five Members to the Rent Guidelines Board

May 2, 2019    

Mayor de Blasio recently appointed the following five members to the Rent Guidelines Board:  David Reiss as Chair; May Yu, German Tejeda, and Alex Schwartz as public members; and Patti Stone as an owner member. The Rent Guidelines Board determines annual rent adjustments for approximately...