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Capital New York, By David Giambusso . A coalition of about 40 environmental and labor groups issued a report Thursday urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to push more aggressively to reduce emissions and address climate change, laying out measures the groups say will create nearly 40,000 jobs a year. The report, “Climate Works for All,” is authored by The Alliance for a Greater New York, the New York City ...

Wall Street Journal, Laura Kusisto. In a move that could likely increase labor’s hold on building work around the city, construction unions will push Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire more New Yorkers for infrastructure and economic-development projects. The proposal, by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, is set to be unveiled Thursday at a City Council hearing on workforce ...

Nov 26 2014

Queens Chronicle, Tess McRae. fter a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday. The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year. “Residential development ...

Labor Press, Joe Maniscalco. With all the talk around the city’s drive to build 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade, there continues to be one aspect of the effort that is not getting enough air time: Who will build it? Despite consistent criticism from worker advocates, some of the biggest housing developers in the city continue to engage with questionable contractors ...

Nov 13 2014

Queens Chronicle, Tess McRae. It’s been two weeks since the City Council held a hearing for the latest project in Astoria Cove and after several days of confrontation with activists and elected officials, the proposal was approved by the zoning subcommittee on Wednesday. As part of a last-minute deal, the development team, Astoria 2030, agreed to dedicate 27 percent of the residential units for affordable ...

WebWire, . Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that the City has secured a commitment of at least $1.6 billion in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair and protect the City’s public hospitals damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The allocation—the second largest FEMA award ever and the largest award under FEMA’s 428 ...

Gothamist, Max Rivlin-Nadler. Members of several different community groups attempted to storm the offices of a real estate developer in Long Island City this morning for doing business with a contractor who allegedly paid workers based on a “racially-tiered hierarchy of wages.” Alma Realty, which is currently under review by the City Council for the massive Astoria Cove development in Queens, hired SSC ...

Labor Press, By Marc Bussanich. Four years ago the Alliance for a Greater New York was formed when New York Jobs and Justice and Urban Agenda combined their resources to continue the work for economic and social justice. The alliance’s executive director, Matt Ryan, says the organization today is focused squarely on the twin crises of income inequality and climate change.

International Business Times, By Angelo Young . Two years after Hurricane Sandy, billions of dollars in federal aid remains unpaid as thousands of households in New York and New Jersey struggle to repair the homes, businesses and lives the storm destroyed. Some homeowners are still juggling both rents and mortgages while they wait for the wheels of the federal bureaucracy to gather momentum and start doling out ...

Grist, James West. Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast two years ago this week, killing more than 150 people. It caused an estimated $65 billion worth of damage; more than 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Sandy’s powerful winds plus its sheer size — it extended 500 miles from its center — caused record storm surges, flooding, and power outages that affected as many as 8.5 million people in 21 states. ...