Government at all levels can be a powerful tool to uplift people and make our communities better.
The start of a new year is always an exciting time. It prompts change and renewal for many of us, and for New York City, this new year also ushered in a new era.
As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to take his oath of office, we rejoice in the hopes that the new and improved New York.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won the election
As the union representing workers responsible for maintaining New York City Housing Authority buildings, Local 237 Teamsters has had a front row seat for the mismanagement and incompetence that has plagued the agency for the last several years.
We learned a lot from the Democratic primary election. Most importantly that the democratic process is still alive and well in New York—a city that often felt like it catered to the 1 percent more than the rest of us. Even though many unions did not stand together behind a single mayoral candidate, the labor movement came out in force and made a real difference in how New York will move forward.
While our rents continue to rise, chronic underfunding and mismanagement threaten the very future of New York’s public housing. Between 2002 and 2008, the city lost nearly 200,000 affordable rental housing units, according to the public advocate’s office, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported that 60 percent of all renters in the city cannot afford the market rate for a typical two-bedroom apartment, which is about $1,474, according to the city’s Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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