- State Senator Julia Salazar (District 18, North Brooklyn) wrote an op-ed for the Daily News framing rent control as a way to improve education outcomes, citing data that show that students who are frequently displaced from their homes do more poorly in school than those with stable housing.
- Uber and Lyft drivers in New York City went on strike for two hours Wednesday, during the morning rush hour, as part of a nationwide action against the companies ahead of Uber’s IPO.
- Transport Workers Union members pushed back against accusations from the MTA’’s leadership of workers fraudulently collecting overtime pay. Gov. Cuomo defended the MTA’s decision to use armed transit police officers to monitor LIRR employees.
- Bronx Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr., whose committee was dissolved after homophobic comments earlier this year, declared that he wouldn’t report colleagues for sexual harassment because it would make him a rat.
- The New York City Council passed a package of 17 bills meant to strengthen tenant protections.
- A report by the Independent Budget Office suggests that more landlords are offering preferential rents to tenants in rent-stabilized apartments, possibly taking advantage of a loophole that allows them to raise rents beyond the cap sent by the Rent Guidelines Board.
- Bill de Blasio, a presidential candidate who sometimes spends time in New York, wants to expand the list of crimes for which New York City officials will cooperate with ICE.
- Tiffany Cabán’s campaign for Queens DA continues to generate attention as she distinguishes herself to the left of the other candidates.
- The Times reported this week that African-American Democratic incumbents in New York are increasingly combating progressive insurgents by portraying them as representing white gentrifiers.
- The Progressive Caucus Alliance, the political affiliate of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus, has endorsed Monique Chandler-Waterman in the District 45 Special Election this Tuesday. Chandler-Waterman was previously endorsed by Jumaane Williams, who vacated the seat to become Public Advocate earlier this year.
On Thursday, May 23rd, bring your A game — it’s The Thorn 2 Year Anniversary Celebration + Trivia Night!
Challenge your knowledge of NYC history and politics against the editors of The NYC Thorn and raise funds for the NYC DSA Political Committee!
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A donation of $5 and up gets you a chance to play Trivia with The Thorn editors!
There will be 5 rounds of trivia and a chance to compete to the be Grand Trivia Champion (with DSA social media cred!)
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Note: There will be a chance to pay at the door to play trivia as well, and those proceeds go to the DSA Citywide Electoral Working Group, but we suggest you reserve your space by buying a ticket now!