Cuomo Silent on Rent Cancellation Bill + Presidential Primary Postponed to June 23

Help NYC-DSA provide mutual aid to marginalized communities, workers who have lost income, families, immunosuppressed folx, and anyone else in need of food, resources, and supplies!

Local News:

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo has been silent on an emergency bill to waive rent for New York’s renters during the coronavirus crisis. Bernie Sanders announced his support for the legislation.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio called for an immediate rent freeze on rent stabilized units, meaning that rents would not go up this year in the approximately 1 million units regulated by the Rent Guidelines Board.
  • De Blasio announced the city may start issuing fines to individuals not following social distancing rules. The White House Coronavirus Task Force has instructed people who recently visited New York City to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • The COVID-19 infection rate at Rikers Island is 7 times worse than the......
Read more

Cuomo Announces Stay-At-Home Order, Backs Plan to Cut Medicaid

Help NYC-DSA provide mutual aid to marginalized communities, workers who have lost income, families, immunosuppressed folx, and anyone else in need of food, resources, and supplies!

Local News

  • Governor Cuomo has announced a stay-at-home order, which went into effect Sunday at 8 pm. The order includes:

    • A requirement for those over 70 years old to remain at home and wear a mask while around others;
    • A ban on all non-essential gatherings;
    • A rule that New Yorkers should remain home except for essential trips, like to get food or medicine;
    • A mandate for New Yorkers to remain 6 feet from other people while outside of their apartment;
    • An order for all employees at non-essential establishments begin working from home.
  • Essential businesses include most health care facilities, utilities and infrastructure entities (e.g., telecommunications, transit, and hotels), essential manufacturing (e.g., food processing, pharmaceuticals, sanitary......
Read more

NYC Schools Closed + Petition Requirements Reduced

Local News

  • After days of mounting pressure, including from the United Federation of Teachers, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC city schools will shut down as of today. Remote teaching will begin next Monday.
  • New York has suspended evictions statewide until further notice.
  • All New York Public Library branches closed as of Saturday, and the Brooklyn and Queens systems announced closures last night.
  • Two Brooklyn Assemblymembers tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and the state legislature is scrambling to finalize a budget under the possibility that lawmakers will not be in Albany after this week.
  • Stores around the city and state have been accused of price gouging on items that help neutralize COVID-19, such as disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer. Price gouging is illegal and can be reported to 1-800-697-1220.
  • In an effort to combat price gouging and......
Read more

Cuomo Declares State of Emergency + WFP NY State Endorsements

Local News

  • As the number of coronavirus cases in New York continues to climb, including among New Yorkers who have not been abroad, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday in order to allow health officials to obtain necessary resources more quickly. Cuomo has also criticized the federal government’s handling of the crisis, pointing to “mixed messages” from the CDC and other agencies.
  • The New York State Legislature has passed an emergency bill allocating $40 million to combat the novel coronavirus. While the bill passed with significant majorities in both chambers, some legislators expressed concern that the bill significantly expands the governor’s power by granting the position unlimited authority to rule by executive order during any declared state emergency.
  • After at least one teacher reported symptoms of the virus after being in a class with students, the City announced a new
    Read more

Evictions Down in NYC + Bronx Democratic Chair Not Running for Re-election

Local News

  • Evictions in NYC decreased by 15% in 2019. Mayor Bill De Blasio is crediting this to the passage of the right to counsel law, which guarantees free lawyers to tenants facing eviction. Evictions decreased by as much as 29% in neighborhoods where the right to counsel law has taken effect.
  • Former New York City Transit President Andy Byford has been replaced by MTA board member Sarah Feinberg. Cuomo appointed Feinberg to the MTA board and she is a leading proponent of Cuomo’s calls to add 500 MTA police police officers to the subway.
  • Developer Stephen Ross has signed a deal with Amtrak to pursue a low-interest federal loan in order to complete the second half of Hudson Yards.
  • Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins intend to use the opaque budget process this April to force changes to last year’s......
Read more

Subscribe to The Thorn

The Thorn is a weekly update on what's happening in local New York politics from a socialist perspective. Please sign up with us to receive an email every Monday morning.