Cuomo Meets Trump + 2019 Legislative Agenda Takes Shape

Local News:

  • Governor Cuomo met with President Trump as part of an effort to re-secure a funding agreement for a sorely-needed tunnels under the Hudson River.
  • Boris Santos, a NYC-DSA member and Julia Salazar’s incoming Chief of Staff, wrote an op-ed supporting an ambitious rent reform agenda in 2019, including the Housing Justice For All platform and universal rent control.
  • Mayor de Blasio came out against a City Council bill, introduced by Rafael Espinal, that would legalize e-bikes powered by a hand throttle. While the Mayor has legalized pedal-assist bikes (which are used by bike sharing services like Citi Bikes), he refuses to extend to the same freedoms to throttle bikes, which are often used by the City’s delivery workers.
  • NYC Councilmember Ritchie Torres introduced legislation that would require restaurants and retailers in the City to accept cash,......
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NYCHA Privatization + NYC-DSA Public Advocate Forum on Tuesday

Local News:

  • The de Blasio administration plans to convert as many as 62,000 NYCHA apartments to Section 8 housing, creating public-private partnerships to fund repairs, and is apparently considering selling air rights at some NYCHA sites to private developers.

  • Deputy Mayor and former Goldman Sachs executive Alicia Glen defended the Amazon deal and its process. Meanwhile, CityLights in Long Island City, the largest affordable co-op in Queens, is facing a property tax increase that threatens to displace longtime residents. The co-op claims the City has refused to negotiate its bill while it simultaneously offers concessions to Amazon in the same neighborhood.

  • 32BJ SEIU announced their support for the Amazon HQ2 deal, giving the Governor and Mayor major union backing.

  • After two years of refusing to negotiate with a graduate student union, Columbia University has announced it......

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Cuomo & De Blasio Give Amazon Billions to Settle in Long Island City

Local News

  • Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio are giving away $2.8 billion in tax incentives and grants to Amazon to build a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. The City, State, and Amazon – a corporation valued at $1 trillion – are pledging $15 million in local workforce development, less than one percent of the subsidy being given. Among the most immediate displacements of Amazon’s new footprint will be at least 1,500 units of previously planned affordable housing and the offices of 1,000 public school employees.
  • A coalition of community groups, unions and some elected officials quickly assembled a protest in Long Island City condemning the deal. The City Council’s Progressive Caucus issued a statement focusing on the deal circumventing the City’s usual land review process. Other advocates demand that Amazon fund transit......
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Democrats take State Senate + Reactions to Amazon

Elections:

  • As many as 40 Democrats were elected to the State Senate on Tuesday, decisively flipping the body to have its largest Democratic majority since 1912. Some highlights from this wave included a decimation of Long Island Republicans, Andrew Gounardes’ apparent defeat of Marty Golden in Southern Brooklyn (Golden has yet to concede), and other victories in the Hudson Valley.

  • With Tuesday’s results, a progressive agenda has a more clear path forward and could include major reforms to the State’s rent laws, healthcare, energy, criminal justice system, voting apparatus, and more. However, Governor Cuomo could quickly pivot to pressure some newly-elected Democratic Senators, several of whom he campaigned for, to fall in line with his moderate policy priorities.

  • All three ballot initiatives in NYC – to lower the amount of campaign finance contributions one candidate can receive, to......

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ELECTION TOMORROW + “FLIP YOUR BALLOT” PROPOSALS

Elections:

  • Politico released a map breaking down all of the competitive State Senate races across New York. According to their analysis, Democrats have a chance to pick up as many as ten seats on Tuesday, but given the lack of reliable polling in any of the races there’s limited ability to make clear predictions. Just one net gain would theoretically give Democrats control of the State Senate. The one competitive race in NYC is District 22 (Southern Brooklyn), where Democrat Andrew Gounardes is challenging incumbent Republican Marty Golden. The other seats in play are spread across Long Island, Hudson Valley, and the Syracuse area.

  • Joe Crowley insisted that he is not behind the flyers that have recently appeared in Queens, encouraging voters to elect him over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Crowley’s name will still appear on the ballot under the Working Families Party and......

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