The de Blasio Administration's plan to partner with private developers to solve the NYCHA disaster is about to hit a wall.
Angered by the recent decision to demolition two buildings in the Robert Fulton Houses, in Chelsea, NYCHA residents attended a Press Conference, on Sunday to begin organizing fellow tenants to thwart the Mayor's plan from happening. Activists, Marni Halasa, Louis Flores, and Norman Siegel, the former executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union were responsible for the Press Conference.
City officials are planning to demolish two NYCHA buildings which are part of the Robert Fulton Houses. The buildings would be replaced with much taller buildings; plus one additional building is planned to rise on what is now a parking lot. The new buildings would be mixed-income. 70% of buildings would be market-rate, with the remaining 30% to be “affordable” for the current tenants.
And while the local elected leaders like Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Council President, Corey Johnson, seem to have agreed with this plan, there have been no meetings with the tenants. One woman is quoted saying, "they knocked on the door and said you have to move in two years and that was all they said."
At the start of the Press Conference, Norman Siegel said in his presentation, "you don't have to agree with this; it ain't over." He went on to say that New York was in the leadership 80 years ago to create Public Housing in America, and it did, on East 3rd street and Avenue A, and we should not be thinking of demolitioning Public Housing buildings now."
The NYCHA complex would become part of RAD, the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program that President Obama signed, supposedly, to protect the Public Housing tenants. The tenants being forced out of their apartments would move to one of the new buildings once completed. At least that is what is planned. NYCHA would continue to own the land but lease the site to a developer, who would then manage the complex. The plan is apparently, what the city's administration wants to do throughout the city. Other buildings in Brooklyn are being considered for this process too. It could be the beginning of the end for NYCHA, if not stopped.
NYC Parks Dept. is planning to cut down 58 healthy trees, and endanger an additional 13 more. Then they plan to pave over an estimated 13,000 sq. feet of greenery. To learn more go to: http://FortGreeneParkFriends.org
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On Monday, April 15th, a lawsuit was filed against Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, City Planning and the Developer Cornell Reality. The Petitioners of the suit, Alicia Boyd, Lashaun Ellis, and Michael Hollingsworth rallied today, with other members of The Movement to Protect the People. The group states that the suit has been brought against Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, because not only did she approve the project but failed to listen to the concerns of her constituents.
Alicia introduces the team that helped her build the action against Cumbo and others.
David Eisenbach lent his support to the group today as well..
MTOPP - Movement to Protect the People hosted a Town Hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to discuss Ways to Resist.
Speakers were: Todd Baker, Alicia Boyd M.S. / M.A., Julia Bryant M.A., LaShaun Ellis M.S. Ed., Amin Husain Phd., Janine Nichols, Carrie Roberson M.A., Nick Smith B.A.
The Movement to Protect the People, led by Alicia Boyd, is leading the struggle to prevent real estate developer, Bruce Enicher, from building the largest residential complex in Brooklyn.
Watch the video and listen to the panel discuss their fight against displacement, the loss of Rent Stabilized Apartments, dangers to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, sewer issues, and many other items.
To support MTOPP please go to www.mtopp.org/donation.html or call (718)703-3086.
This past Monday, I attended three rallies focussing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. New York City is losing small business stories in huge numbers and unless the City Council passes the SBJSA bill or others like it, those numbers will increase. Please check out our videos below. And after you do, please call your City Council member and tell them to vote for the SBJSA bill as it is.
This past Thursday, I was part of a Stop REBNY Campaign, outside the New York Hilton, lead by Ray Rogers, and 15 plus clergyman addressing the problems of displacement, homelessness, and small business. While covering the rally, I had the opportunity to question State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, about the problems. As you will hear in the interview, the Assemblyman talks about having to get a stronger organizing campaign to pass laws. I just don't understand that comment, I also don't understand why bills are stuck in the City Council for 36 years. Both the City and State Officials, unless they have been out of the country, know damn well that the problems that exist today, have been around for decades and we should have had laws to protect our tenants, and our small business owners by now.
Please listen to this short clip: https://soundcloud.com/mikemccabe/assemblyman-epstien
Please read an email I received from my friends at Youth Against Displacement:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
From the illegal megatowers the City wants to build in Two Bridges in Lower East Side, to the East Harlem and Inwood rezonings, to privatization of NYCHA and public land, to the Amazon headquarters in LIC subsidized by our tax dollars, it is clear Mayor de Blasio wants to turn our city into a banking account for the 1% at the expense of the people who live and work here. Everywhere across the city, people are standing up against the gentrifier-in-chief Mayor.
This Martin Luther King Day, we will gather at the 80-story Extell luxury tower, which has a "poor door" to separate low- and middle-income families from the rich. This is de Blasio's legacy of segregation and economic racism. Dr. King would be so aghast to hear that this Mayor even shamelessly self-brands himself the "progressive leader" of the city. From Extell, we will march to City Hall to tell the Mayor: WE WILL NOT BE MOVED!
Are you ready to take up the fight to save your lives and your neighborhoods? Join our march to reclaim the City that's supposed to work for the people, not the richest 1%. We demand the Mayor:
1. Stop City agencies from evicting tenants on behalf of landlords to deny the tenants' rights of due process
2. Stop selling public land (including NYCHA) and end 421-a tax exemption