Tuhina De O’Connor, New York Asian Women’s Center
Families who lose their homes to fire or demolition can end up in one of four city-funded shelters, where their tough times will just be getting started.
Residents and merchants in Chinatown are waging a campaign to get more political power–by abandoning Soho to share a City Council district with the Lower East Side.
Still confused as to why more low-income residents and merchants in Chinatown and the Lower East Side are not getting federal relief for the fallout from September 11, a coalition of advocates last week sued the feds.
New York State gains protections against predatory lending
Despite promises to convene a task force to explore what life after community school boards should look like, the state legislature has yet to do so, and time is running out: State law requires that this task force hold public hearings and propose a plan by December 15.
New York is now one of only three states to have a strict law against predatory lenders, thanks to legislation signed by Governor Pataki last week. Whether New York City will get its own law to further restrict unfair lending practices, however, is now in question.