City Planning has Broken the Law

Brooklyn activist Alicia Boyd and others filed a lawsuit yesterday to prevent The Department of City Planning from certifying 960 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn. The Department of City Planning (DCP), on November 16, 2020, is scheduled to approve and begin the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for 960 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn. This action is in direct violation of the New City Charter Reform passed into law on November 3, 2019.

The Department of City Planning violated this law by refusing to submit a “detailed summary” of the application to be certified 30 days before it is approved. These actions violate the public’s due process rights, which is the right to review public records and influence the outcome of this rezoning before it is certified.


Greed: A Reason for My Change in Philosophy

At one point in my life, I was a Capitalist, climbing my corporate ladder. Year after year, I did my best to be a good employee, worked long hours, and cut costs wherever I could. I created budgets that saved the company loads of money while cutting deeply into the vendor's revenues.

At first, the budgets allowed 15% profit for the company, but by the end of my capitalist game, the yields rose to more than 30%. It all ended when Corporate sent a VP from Chicago to tell me that I was no longer needed. The group I managed then reported to someone in Kansas. A year later, the staff was gone, and the work was transferred to Kansas.

So the forty years I spent being a good employee taught me that capitalism was never my friend. Capitalism thrives on greed, and hungry employees wanting to climb their ladder. Since that time, I have been immersing myself in issues of greed, unfairness, and outright class shafting. Shafting, we must stop!

Three years ago, I was in London with my wife and youngest daughter. While there, we met with a friend that works for the Socialist Worker. For those that are unfamiliar, it is a newspaper that focuses on socialist issues. Our friend was covering a story about the Grenfell Towers. The towers were the site of a massive fire that killed 72 people. Hundreds of people attended a rally in Trafalgar Square park, pleading for answers to why it happened. Developers decided to use the cheapest materials when building the towers. So the cladding of the building was inferior and helped to spread the fire to all 24 floors.

After all, this time that has pasted, the information is only now coming out. You must read the article above. Click on the photo, and it will bring you to the story.

 


My Right to Vote

If you consider yourself a Progressive, think about this, the Green New Deal originally came from the Green Party, the most Progressive Party in New York State. And voting Green, this election is essential to help the Green Party retain its ballot line in New York.

The ballot access requirements for the Green Party and other third parties were substantially increased in New York this spring as part of Governor Cuomo's state budget.

Governor Cuomo's actions are a form of voter suppression, preventing voters from voting for candidates that may better suit their values and ideals—the very voters that support demilitarizing the police, increasing public housing, free healthcare, support for Black Lives Matter, and a commitment to ending poverty.


The latest poll numbers in New York State indicate that Biden leads Trump, 61% to 29%. So New Yorkers who support having more choices on the ballot can vote for Howie Hawkins on the Green Party line and not worry that they are adding to a Trump victory.
If you value more Progressive political choices, then vote Green Party if you live in New York.


Residents Prevail in Sunset Park

The residents of Sunset Park celebrate their victory in preventing the rezoning of their community.

Those of you that follow the stories and videos on this site, know that for several years now, many residents, many of them immigrants, have fought to prevent the rezoning of Sunset Park. A community of 72% of whom are immigrants, Sunset Park has united in this battle to fight the gentrification that has flooded this city. 


Green Party Candidate Calls for Financial Transaction Tax

 

Green Party Candidate discusses Financial Transaction Tax at a press conference on Friday, September 18, 2020. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for President, stood in front of the Stock Exchange and announced his plan to tax financial transactions. Hawkins called on state lawmakers to stop rebating $13 billion annually to Wall Street speculators from the state stock transfer tax that has existed for more than a century.

And at City Hall Howie Continues his plan.

 


Rodrigo Camarena Running for City Council, District 38

Rodrigo has been fighting for the people for years, and now he wants your support as he continues to fight for the rights of the people in Sunset Park, and Red Hook.

For an in-depth interview, please check out The Sunset Park Podcast, with our friend Rob Aguilar: 

 


City Councilman, Carlos Menchaca, Stands with Community

Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has been fighting against the rezoning of Industry City, for 4 years, and today, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, stood outside City Hall with the residents to say no to the rezoning. Meanwhile, Speaker Corey Johnson is eager to pass the rezoning.


Governor, You Gotta Do Better Than That

Governor Cuomo signed a bill last night, providing rent relief to a limited number of tenants affected by the COVID pandemic.
 
The bill calls for $100 million in federal stimulus funds to create rental vouchers for people paying more than 30% of their income in rent. Anyone who lost income between April 1 and July 31 of this year, and makes less than 80% of an area's median income will be covered.
 
Our answer to that is, it ain't enough.
 
If you figure that the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is $2700, and times that cost by the four months, what Cuomo is willing to pay, comes out to $10,800 per claim. That means only 9259 apartments citywide would benefit. According to this article in The Deal (https://therealdeal.com/2020/05/19/about-25-of-nyc-renters-didnt-pay-in-may-survey/), renters of 100,000 apartments in New York City did not pay their May rents. So what happens to the 92,000 renters, Governor?
 
And then, what about those who were paying less than 30% of their income in rents, but now, do not have jobs? What happens to those people? If they were unable to pay one month's rent, how do you expect them to afford four months of rent?
 
Also, commercial rents? What is to be done? How do communities keep their identity without the small businesses in the community?
 
Governor, you have to do better. Get together with your pal Chuck and figure it out. The federal government must kick in the additional monies needed; otherwise, thousands will be evicted and added to the homeless roles.
 
Please call the Governor's office and tell him that the city needs the money now. 1-518-474-8390 

 


occupyradio supports Genesis Aquino for State Assembly

For too long, Brooklyn's District 51 has needed a grassroots candidate dedicated to working for the community they represent. No longer are we willing to accept old-time politicians that pretend to act in our favor. Our communities require better jobs, low-income housing, support for our small businesses, and a path to better healthcare. In our opinion, that candidate is Genesis Aquino. We at occupyradio.net know Genesis and have worked with her to improve laundry workers' wages, restaurant workers, and other small business workers by supporting the SWEAT BILL.

 

Please vote this Tuesday, for Genesis Aquino for State Assembly in District 51.

https://www.facebook.com/genesisaquinony


Marni Halasa Talks about the Rent Strike issue

 

Marni Halasa, activist and candidate for City Council speaks about the Rent Strike issue in New York City. Thousands of New York City residents are unable to pay their May Rents. Why isn't the government doing something to help them?