Affordable Housing

Making sure that New Yorkers can afford to stay in their homes, and creating new, appropriate affordable housing may be the greatest challenge confronting our city. We need to save the affordable housing we have, while finding ways to leverage current development into new affordable housing. By strengthening our rent laws, preserving affordable units, combating predatory lending, and helping small landlords maintain below-market rents, we can keep the economic diversity and opportunity that makes New York great.

Show your support for rent regulation at a rally tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, the main group fighting against rent regulation, the “Rent Stabilization Association” (a very misleading name) is having a town hall meeting in the heart of Park Slope. This is a great opportunity to make our voices heard and let the landlords and property owners know that New Yorkers want to see these rent regulations and tenant protections extended and strengthened.

Please join me for a rally outside the meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night:

  • When: Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Where: 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

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Brooklyn pol wants to put banks on the hook for maintaining New York homes they foreclose on

New York Daily News
03/02/2011

A Brooklyn city councilman wants to put banks on the hook for maintaining the homes they foreclose on in New York.

Democrat Brad Lander plans to introduce a bill on Wednesday requiring banks to post a $10,000 bond with every foreclosure case, which the city could tap to pay for housing code violations and emergency repairs.

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Tax breaks on real estate deals for people like A-Rod cost city 900M a year

New York Daily News
02/25/2011

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will pay virtually no property tax for a $6 million apartment he is buying on the upper West Side due to the 421A program, which ended in December for any new construction. The city's powerful real estate industry is determined to get it renewed and even get it expanded.

Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander has been leading the fight against that renewal.

It's too much of a giveaway to developers, Lander says, especially since there's already a glut of luxury housing in this town.

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In the Press: City Mulls Extending Tax Breaks to Jump-Start Stalled Sites

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WNYC
02/08/2011

The city wants to give developers more time to take advantage of a tax abatement for new apartment buildings. Housing officials said the move is needed to get stalled construction sites moving but critics call the move a giveaway for real estate developers.

Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander disagrees and said the lost tax revenue is badly needed during this year's budget. Lander said many of the stalled sites were speculative projects that were started only to take advantage of the tax break. Read more »

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Reporting back to you (one year in)

As a deep believer in democratic accountability, I know it is essential to report back to the community that I serve.

One year into my tenure in the City Council, I’m pleased to share an annual report on some of what we accomplished in 2010, and a little of what we’re hoping to do in the year to come.

You can view the report here – it is broken down by issue, and by the various neighborhoods in the district. Read more »

In the Press: NYC Council Progressive Caucus Responds to Bloomberg's State of the City Address

Huffington Post
01/19/2011

The tragic shooting in Arizona earlier this month has caused us all to reflect on the plague of gun violence in our society, and the need for greater civility in our political discourse. We laud the Mayor for his longstanding leadership and tireless efforts to get illegal guns off of our streets, and to reduce gun violence.

But we are disappointed that Mayor Bloomberg spoke about the need to "face reality" in his State of the City Speech today without outlining a real plan of action to address the economic realities facing most New Yorkers at a time when our city remains in a severe economic crisis. Read more »

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Statement on the Passage of the Culver El Rezoning

I am pleased to announce that the City Council approved the Culver El Rezoning today. By combining the strengths of the initial proposal (developed by community organizations and elected officials in 2005) with changes suggested by community members and achieved by the Council, the rezoning we passed today will create much-needed and long-term affordable homeownership, preserve commercial and manufacturing jobs, and set a path for addressing open space and school over-crowding issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. Read more »

New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

The Nation
08/30/2010

New York's foreclosure problem has become a full-blown crisis.

In 2009, there were 50,000 foreclosures in the entire state and nearly half were in New York City. Now, over 265,000 mortgages are past due or in the foreclosure process. Foreclosures in the city were up 16 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Banks have provided little relief, making less than 12,000 permanent modifications throughout New York since May 2009.

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