To learn more about these new officials and their plans for their time in office, City Limits partnered with students from the Department of Journalism & Media Studies at CUNY’s Lehman College, who contacted their district representatives for audio interviews.
Jeanmarie Evelly and David Brand |
“Albanese might have the support of the law enforcement union, but I think more law enforcement officers would rather lick the floor of the Ferry Terminal than vote for him,” said Republican Councilmember Joe Borelli. “He’s had more positions than the Kama Sutra.”
‘The bills that make up the SOS Act, introduced by Council Members Francisco Moya and Diana Ayala, would raise the standards for workers like me to ensure that privately-run shelters are providing decent wages, benefits and training opportunities to security workers.’
State and local lawmakers have called on the mayor to halt a planned September sale of property tax and water fee debt to collectors.
The 2021 left out $15 million in previously promised money, and advocates are just now getting a look at what the reduced funds will mean.
‘Some of it has to do with doubling down on existing policies but a lot of it has to do with things that we’ve been advocating for for years that are still not done. A lot of them are things we’ve been talking about for five, six years.’
Speaker Johnson’s office says the Council is working to tweak the decades-old Small Business Jobs Survival Act. But advocates are frustrated and fear ‘a completely different watered down version’ of SBJSA is what will pass.
CityFHEPS, the city’s voucher system has moved many homeless people into housing. But more linger in shelters because the voucher won’t pay enough to cover the rent.
They are unlikely to stop the plan, but at least some of them will be where last-minute negotiations focus.
The chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety believes the mayor could play a more decisive role than he’s said, and could have played it much sooner, in deciding Officer Pantaleo’s fate.