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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. ...

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 ...

The Nation, Michelle Chen . At the moment of silence during Sunday’s People’s Climate March, a deep hush washed over Sixth Avenue, symbolizing a growing, worldwide commitment to fighting climate change. Yet the moment also recalled the aftermath of the city’s most recent climate catastrophe, Superstorm Sandy, when Manhattan’s mighty skyline was for several days stunned into an eerie stillness by ...

Sep 15 2014

Huffington Post, By Jamie Henn. The New York state elections just concluded, and the national midterms are still weeks away, but there is a campaign office in downtown Manhattan that has just gone into overdrive. Volunteers there are hard at work on another deadline: September 21. That’s the day of the People’s Climate March, what promises to be the largest demonstration for action on ...

Truthout, By Abby Scher. New York City and key national unions like the Service Employees International Union and Communication Workers of America are stepping up to support the People’s Climate March in NYC September 21, in a broad coalition. But some green radicals from labor groups say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector. There is a ...

Aug 07 2014

Times Ledger, By Bill Parry. When the developers of Astoria Cove went before the City Planning Commission Wednesday, they presented modified plans for the giant 1,723-unit apartment complex they hope to build on Hallets Cove, but they did not budge on the number of units of affordable housing they are planning. Both the borough president and Community Board 1 refused to support the plan during the ...

Newsday, By James T. Madore. Costco Wholesale Corp. is planning its eighth local store, and in a controversial move, wants tax breaks from Nassau County. The members’ shopping club is proposing a 151,000-square-foot store and gasoline station in Oceanside. The $49-million project would be located in the Oil City neighborhood and employ more than 200 people. Costco has requested tax incentives from the county’s industrial ...

Associated Press, By Jennifer Peltz. NEW YORK – An often-criticized initiative to rebuild Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes has started work on more than 130, finished 30 and dispensed more than $6.3 million to reimburse homeowners for reconstruction costs, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. While the 132 homes underway represent just over a quarter of the goal the city has vowed to reach within six weeks, de Blasio said the pace ...

New York Post, By John Aidan Byrne. New York’s labor markets are sliding into the abyss. It’s a steep drop, with the Empire State’s 9 million-plus workers seeing their wages decline sharply in the wake of the Great Recession. And while many thousands have returned to work since the depths of the 2008 downturn, inflation-adjusted wages have fallen in New York’s rising low-wage economy, an ...