A joint City Council hearing Tuesday tackled a multiyear bribery scandal that affected more than 100 developments across the city. “These charges are unacceptable and robbed the residents of NYCHA of getting more important jobs done,” one tenant leader testified.
The proposed class action suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of four New Yorkers who say they should be eligible for CityFHEPS, but are closed out because the Adams administration has failed to implement laws expanding the program.
As Shelter Deadlines for Families With Children Near, Lawmakers Press Eric Adams to End ‘Cruel’ Policy
“We have already witnessed the harm that 30-day limits have inflicted on adult migrants without children, who have either had to sleep on the streets indefinitely while reapplying for housing or who have been abandoned by the system altogether,” reads a letter signed by nearly 50 city and state elected officials.
The Fair Chance for Housing Act, passed by the City Council Wednesday, will limit the extent to which landlords, real estate brokers and other entities can factor in past convictions when considering a housing applicant—though the final bill is less expansive in banning the use of background checks than a version debated last year.
Two years after the passage of Local Law 18—intended to overhaul street vending regulations and add hundreds of additional licenses to the market each year—councilmembers are weighing another package of changes, including one bill that would lift the cap on licenses altogether.
The “Just Home” proposal to house seriously ill people leaving jail cleared one of its final procedural hurdles at a heated public hearing, where locals repeatedly testified that they feared for their safety.
While New York City must propose a balanced budget in January for the coming fiscal year, some say Adams’ approach to closing the gap—multiple rounds of budget cuts across most agencies—is a blunt instrument, and not the only option.
With additional city agencies now providing more emergency lodging than ever before in a system that officials say is at a breaking point, monitoring the total number of people in shelter has only become more important—and more complicated.