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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. ...

LaborLines, LaborLines. The NYC Public Advocate’s bully pulpit brings public attention to issues that are often overlooked. Letitia James as the current Public Advocate has identified many pressing issues facing New Yorkers.  We discuss everything from the working conditions in nail salons to the treatment of children in the foster care system. Each of these issues requires immediate action and through ...

Crains New York, Andrew J. Hawkins. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pro-traffic-safety “Vision Zero” plan is getting some free advertising. Some 2,500 private garbage trucks will bear bumper stickers promoting the city’s new speed limit of 25 miles per hour. The bumper-sticker campaign is the brainchild of the New York City chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association, which endorsed Vision Zero at a summit meeting ...

The Skanner, Freddie Allen . Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would likely save taxpayers $39 billion in spending on safety net programs per year, according to a new issue brief by the Economic Policy Institute. Researchers at EPI, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on the needs of low- and middle-income families, also found that “more than 1.7 million American workers would no longer rely ...

New York Daily News, Erin Durkin. Walmart doesn’t have any stores in New York – but that didn’t stop the city’s top pols from taking aim at the retail giant Thursday. Twenty-six workers and activists were arrested outside the Upper East Side home of Walmart heiress Alice Walton, after they refused to leave the street in front of her Park Ave. condo building in ...