Citing a need to address the looming problem of preferential rents without harming landlords who operate as small businesses, the Bronx borough president backs a law to prevent sudden rent spikes in exchange for a discount on property taxes.
San Francisco voters approved a similar program, Los Angeles lawmakers tasked that city’s housing department with developing one, and places like Philly, Newark and the nation’s capital are headed down the same road. But there are lessons to be learned from the Big Apple.
Finding a better way to pay for healthcare is important. But the disparities and unfairness in the way healthcare is delivered will persist unless officials, and the advocates who push them, adopt a broader focus.
The Senate sponsor of the New York Health Act and a critic from a conservative think tank size break down the rationale for the bill and the risks it faces.
The challenge contends the Inwood rezoning’s environmental impact study missed important factors such as the impact on preferential rent leases, racial displacement, and minority- and women-owned businesses.