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Armory Plan Comes Under Fire at First Public Hearing

March 8, 2017
Armory Plan Comes Under Fire at First Public Hearing

In the first round of public comments on Brooklyn’s Bedford Union Armory redevelopment plan, activists hoping to halt the official review before it begins chanted “kill the deal,” DNAinfo writes.

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Brooklyn borough president advances plan to help NYC houses of worship build affordable housing

March 8, 2017
Brooklyn borough president advances plan to help NYC houses of worship build affordable housing

Seeing a trend of churches being converted to residential buildings or selling part of their land for residential development, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams created the Faith-Based Development Initiative to connect houses of worship with resources to help build affordable housing or community resources, Curbed writes.

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LACKLUSTER MWBE RATES IN NEW YORK? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

March 7, 2017
LACKLUSTER MWBE RATES IN NEW YORK? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

In New York City, the percentage of government contracts going to firms owned by women or minorities has languished in the single digits. At the state level, strong growth in the share of contracts going to these minority- and women-owned business enterprises, or MWBEs, has slowed in recent years. City & State reports.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO, NEW YORK’S PUBLIC HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OUR ATTENTION

March 7, 2017
GOVERNOR CUOMO, NEW YORK’S PUBLIC HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OUR ATTENTION

With 35 million dollars in expected federal budget cuts to the New York City Housing Authority, now is the time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put forth a long-term plan for public housing, David Jones of the Community Service Society of New York and Afua Atta-Mensah of Community Voices Heard write in New York Slant.

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Over 70 percent of Bronx residents are at risk of displacement: study

March 7, 2017
Over 70 percent of Bronx residents are at risk of displacement: study

Bronx residents are more likely to get priced out of their neighborhoods than New Yorkers in any other borough, according to a new study from the Regional Plan Association, Curbed writes.

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On ‘Day Without A Woman,’ school’s on in New York City — but expect some red shirts and women’s history

March 7, 2017
On ‘Day Without A Woman,’ school’s on in New York City — but expect some red shirts and women’s history

Today’s national “A Day Without a Woman” protest encourages women to wear red and stay home from work to showcase the value women bring to the economy and the workforce, an extension of the Women’s March on Washington that took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Chalkbeat writes.

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De Blasio’s Latest Homeless Plan Faces Obstacles [Listen]

March 7, 2017
De Blasio’s Latest Homeless Plan Faces Obstacles [Listen]

The zip code with the highest concentration of homeless is in East Harlem, which has more than 1,200 units and includes large shelters on Wards Island, mostly for single men, many of whom receive services in East Harlem, WNYC writes.

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Developers eye deals with libraries — but not everyone is happy about it

March 6, 2017
Developers eye deals with libraries — but not everyone is happy about it

Throughout New York City, libraries have become an increasingly attractive option to developers looking for any space they can seize for new housing, but the emerging trend has upset some residents and community activists, Politico New York reports.

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Federal Aid Reduced for New York City Housing Authority under President Donald Trump

March 6, 2017

The New York City Housing Authority will see at least 35 million dollars less in federal aid this year, the largest decrease in five years, in what appears to be the first significant funding cuts to the city under President Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes

March 6, 2017
Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes

The White House, concerned about the possible political repercussions of the Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, has proposed preserving federal payments to the group if it discontinues providing abortions, The New York Times writes.

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Immigrant Activists Blast Donald Trump’s ‘Backdoor Muslim Ban 2.0’

March 6, 2017
Immigrant Activists Blast Donald Trump’s ‘Backdoor Muslim Ban 2.0’

Refugee advocates joined the New York Immigration Coalition to assail Trump’s second executive order barring entry to people from several Middle Eastern and East African countries, calling it a “backdoor Muslim ban 2.0,″ the Observer reports.

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