Epoch Times - Landlords Could Soon be Responsible for Indoor Air Quality

NEW YORK--Two years in the works, a bill to make landlords responsible for the cleanup of indoor asthma triggers such as mold, rats, and cockroaches is close to becoming a law.

If passed, the Asthma-Free Housing Act (City Council Int. 750) would increase the presence of visible mold from a level A violation to a level C violation. It would allow the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to inspect residences at the request of tenants and issue violations.

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New York Housing Agency's Payments to City Are Under Scrutiny - NYTimes.com

The biggest landlord in New York City gets one of the biggest bills in New York City.

Every year, the city charges it about $200 million, for everything from water to trash pickup to police services. The bill for police protection is twofold: The landlord pays $18 million for basic police, fire and other municipal services, and an additional $65 million for specialized policing.

The landlord is not a wealthy private developer, but the New York City Housing Authority, the struggling agency that manages 343 public housing complexes that are home to 406,000 low-income and moderate-income residents.

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City Council Members Urge Probe into NYPD Harassment of Cyclists - Gothamist New York City News, Food, Arts & Events


Twelve city council members are calling on Manhattan District Attorney Robert M Morgenthau to drop the charges against Christopher Long, the cyclist who was seen being bodyslammed to the curb by a rookie cop in a videotape of a Critical Mass ride on July 25th. The council members – who include Rosie Mendez, Letitia James, and Alan Gerson but not mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn – are also demanding that Morgenthau open a wider investigation into NYPD policies toward cyclists, specifically during Critical Mass rides.

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Asthma Act Will Help Tenants Breathe Easier - The Brooklyn Rail


Margarita Pabon’s daughter was 18 months old when she began to show signs of chronic illness. “It started with a bad cough,” began Pabon, who lives in Sunset Park. “At first we thought it was a cold or the flu, but she kept being sick until one night she could barely breathe.” Early one morning, Pabon took her daughter to a doctor, who diagnosed the child with asthma. As the doctor outlined treatment options, he asked Pabon if there were cockroaches, rats, or mold in her apartment, all of which are known asthma triggers. Her answer was a resounding “Yes.”

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Miracle on Avenue B ‘Angel’ Airdrops $20 Mil, Saves Church

By Albert Amateau


St. Brigid’s parishioners, struggling for more than 10 years to save the church built by Irish boatwrights during the Famine Year 1848-’49 on Avenue B, rejoiced last week when the Catholic Archdiocese announced it had accepted an anonymous $20 million donation to restore both the church and parish and to endow the parish school.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer joined the local Committee to Save St. Brigid’s in a surprise celebration on Wed., May 21.

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Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster Blog Archive Tragedy Revisited

For members of the City Council, this week’s fatal shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant not only triggered painful memories - this month marks the year anniversary of the shooting of Sean Bell- but also the need for the city to examine its treatment of the mentally handicapped and mentally ill.

Several council members, from Councilmember Al Vann of Brooklyn to Councilmember Oliver Koppell of the Bronx to Councilmember Rosie Mendez of Manhattan, stood on the chamber floor during the body’s stated meeting calling for a system that better responds to the mentally ill as well as for a better response from the New York City Police
Department during emergencies.

Gotham Gazette A Retreat on False Arrests from Chelsea to Bushwick

A Retreat on False Arrests from Chelsea to Bushwick
by Andy Humm
05 May 2009

One case involves middle-aged gay men at adult bookstores. The other concerns black and Latino teenagers on their way to a wake. One centers around Manhattan, the other in Bushwick. Both cases, however, involve false arrests and possible abuses of police power. And in the two instances the police and district attorneymany questions and concerns remain.

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