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Across the five boroughs, the affordability crisis is growing every day. Today, low- and moderate-income New Yorkers continue to be priced out of their neighborhoods. The incomes of countless New Yorkers are not increasing while rents keep rising. The growing gap between lower incomes and higher rents is making New York City increasingly unaffordable.

New York City’s sprawling commercial waste system performs significantly worse on recycling and efficiency than previously believed. Under an inefficient and ad-hoc arrangement that developed over the past several decades, hundreds of private hauling companies collect waste from restaurants, stores, offices, and other businesses nightly and truck it to dozens of transfer stations and recycling facilities concentrated in a handful of low-income communities of color. This waste is then transferred to long-haul trucks and hauled to landfills as far ...

Apr 06 2015
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This report details a platform of 10 bold proposals for moving toward 80x50 that make our city more resilient, create nearly 40,000 good jobs each year, and cut our annual greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 12 mil¬lion metric tons of carbon equivalent. New York City must reduce its emissions by 36 million metric tons by 2050. Our plan points the way to achieving one-third of this goal. Putting 40,000 people to work would reduce our unemployment rate by 14 percent and help struggling families to be ...

Apr 01 2015
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This powerful video features City Council Member and Sanitation Committee Chair Antonio Reynoso, small business owners, private sanitation workers and young people and advocates from environmental justice communities discussing the negative impacts that the city’s outdated waste system has on them, as well as solutions to create good jobs and clean and safe communities for all New Yorkers.

Feb 12 2015

My name is Maritza Silva-Farrell and I am the Coordinator of Real Affordability for All (RAFA) – the largest affordable housing coalition in the city, comprised of more than 50 housing organizations. The affordable housing crisis is reaching extreme heights, and as advocates for the creation and preservation of affordable housing, we have fought against numerous threats on behalf of tenants across the city. Now, we are facing a new threat—Airbnb and illegal hotel companies …

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We organized the largest march for climate action in history. With over 400,000 attendees on September 24th and millions of others united in actions around the world, the People's Climate March drew attention to the climate crisis and built a movement between environmental justice, labor and community organizations.

The Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP), a critical program that provides home care services to low-income seniors who cannot afford home care services, has been underfunded in the City’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget. In choosing to invest more adequately in cost-effective EISEP home care services, NYC can be an example to cities the nation looking for innovative ways to support seniors, their families and care workers. Please read our fact sheet to learn more.

On March 25, 2014, Maya Pinto, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, presented this testimony before the New York City Council Aging Committee on the New York City Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget. Chairperson Chin and members of the Aging Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Maritza Silva-Farrell and I am Senior Organizer at ALIGN and Lead Organizer for the New York Caring Across Generations campaign. ALIGN is a long-term …

On February 28, Maya Pinto, Senior Policy and Research Analyst at ALIGN, presented testimony to the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony today. My name is Maya Pinto and I am a Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst at ALIGN. ALIGN is a long-term alliance of worker and community organizations united for a just and sustainable New York. Firstly, I would like to commend Chairperson Richards and …

On February 24, 2014, Maya Pinto, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, presented testimony to the New York City Council Sanitation Committee.ALIGN testimony on future of sanitation policy (2 24 2014) Thank you to Chairperson Reynoso and the members of the Sanitation Committee for the opportunity to provide testimony today. ALIGN: the Alliance for a Greater New York is a long-term alliance of worker and community organizations united for a just and sustainable New York. Firstly, …