Tag: Bill de Blasio

Neighborhoods, Real Estate

421-a Tax Abatement Only For Developments Paying Prevailing Wage For Construction Workers

   Developers and construction unions say the new 421a tax abatement is necessary to build new apartments in New York City — but critics disagree. “It’s extraordinarily expensive and it’s taken an inefficient program and made it more inefficient — some more affordable housing units, but mostly it’s just subsidizing […]


De Blasio Clearly Needs Help Fighting Homelessness

– By John Spina For a Mayor who won office based on his vision to combat inequality, De Blasio’s campaign against homelessness has been a failure due to the limited scope of his programs. With few political allies in Albany the prospects for progress appear dim. According to the Coalition […]


Home Rule will Extend to Counties in Min Wage Battle

Senators involved with the New York State minimum wage bill have confirmed that they will be pushing for all municipalities to have the ability to set their own state minimum wage, not just New York City. “My bill authorizes municipal governments, which will include counties, cities, towns and villages,” said […]


Fresh Incentives in the Mayor’s Race

The Bloomberg administration’s $130 million subsidy of grocery-delivery company FreshDirect became a flash point in a recent mayoral debate when, on a question about job creation, Joe Lhota criticized Bill de Blasio’s disapproval of the subsidy.


Revamp EDC? It is under way

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s lofty goal of leveling inequality suggests big changes at the Economic Development Corporation. But his broad policies won’t bring sweeping transformation — the EDC is spreading out its resources without him.