- The City is bracing for mass evictions after the failure of New York’s rent relief program.
- As pushback grows against the State and City’s plans to reopen schools in the fall, some officials have called for reopening to be delayed until later in the year. The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE), a leftist rank-and-file caucus within the United Federation of Teachers, is discussing the possibility of a teacher sick-out to protest reopening.
- New York State rent regulation is based on a decades-old definition of a “housing emergency,” defined as a 5% or lower apartment vacancy rate. The vacancy rate is currently suspected to be growing as households leave the city due to the pandemic. State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, East Village and Midtown) and Assembly Member Harvey Epstein (D, East Village) introduced a bill to protect rent regulated units by pausing the vacancy count until two years after......
- DSA-backed candidates Jabari Brisport, Marcela Mitaynes, Phara Souffrant Forrest, and Zohran Mamdani all won their legislative races. Other socialist and progressive candidates also won their state elections, including Emily Gallagher, Kahleel Anderson, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas. Gotham Gazette covered the sweeping victories of DSA-endorsed and other progressive candidates in last month’s primary, which is now confirmed by absentee counts.
- Vito Bruno, a nightclub owner from Bay Ridge, is planning a serious Republican challenge against State Senator Andrew Gounardes (District 22, Southern Brooklyn) this November, who managed to flip the historically Republican district away from Marty Golden two years ago.
- The New York Immigration Coalition believes that Council Member Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Sunset Park) intervened to remove almost $1M of funding for its programs from the city budget as a way to punish the organization for its staffers getting involved in the Sunset Park Assembly race this spring against his wishes.
- The MTA has announced that it expects implementation of congestion pricing, which would impose a toll on cars driving through Manhattan below 60th St., to be delayed at least a year, primarily because the federal government has not yet approved the plan.
- New York City has reported an uptick in COVID-19 infections among residents in their 20s and 30s.
- Governor Cuomo announced guidelines to reopen the state’s schools. Under these guidelines and without significant changes in current infection rates, most schools in the state would open for the upcoming school......
- State Senator Zellnor Myrie has proposed legislation that would prohibit evictions and foreclosures for a year following the lifting of the COVID state of emergency.
- State Sen. Julia Salazar introduced a bill to eliminate the testing requirements for the City’s Specialized High School, which many blame for keeping Black and Latino students out of those schools. The bill would allow the City to set its own admissions requirements starting in 2022.
- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a preliminary report on the NYPD’s handling of protests in May and June, refusing to conclude that police acted inappropriately. Even her calls for a tepid oversight commission were dismissed by Mayor De Blasio.
- Privacy advocates are pushing for legislation to ensure that data collected for purposes of contact tracing cannot be used by any law enforcement agencies, including ICE.
With tens of thousand potential absentee votes still uncounted in every district, results from many of Tuesday’s primaries will not be clear until July. But in-person results showed decisive leads for NYC-DSA endorsed incumbents, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Astoria) and State Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick), as well as encouraging news for the rest of the DSA slate and NYC’s broader progressive left.
Jabari Brisport leads Tremaine Wright the State Senate District 25 (Central Brooklyn) by nearly 3,000 votes, and Zohran Mamdani leads Aravella Simotas in Assembly District 36 (Astoria) by nearly 600. Marcela Mitaynes trails incumbent Felix Ortiz in Assembly District 51 (Sunset Park) by only 464 votes, where it appears that the presence of multiple progressive spoilers prevented what could have been a decisive victory against Ortiz. Phara Souffrant Forrest trails incumbent Walter Mosley in Assembly District 57 (Clinton Hill) by 588 votes.......
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