MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Aug. 22, 2019

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Kavanagh and Other Housing Experts Discuss Effects of Gentrification

State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh
State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh

State Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-Lower East Side) will be joining several other housing experts next month for a forum about gentrification.

The forum, entitled “Turning the Tide on Housing”, will discuss the effects of gentrification, new rent regulations and the city’s shifting political climate.

The event is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South.

Krueger and State Senate Call Out MTA for Violating Open Meetings Law

State Senator Liz Krueger
State Senator Liz Krueger

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Upper East Side, Lenox Hill) and 13 of her colleagues in the State Senate penned a letter to the MTA yesterday, harshly criticizing them for failing to abide by the terms of New York’s Open Meetings Law (OML).

The letter accuses the MTA of skirting those laws in order to conceal details of its next five-year capital plan, which is due on Oct. 1.

“We write to urge the MTA to fully abide by the requirements of NYS Open Meetings Law,” reads the letter. “During its review of the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Program, the Capital Program Review Board (CPRB) did not meet publicly, in direct violation of the OML. We therefore want to make sure that the CPRB does comply when it reviews the 2020-2024 MTA Capital Plan. We further urge the MTA to ensure that Traffic Mobility Review Board (TMRB) also complies with the OML when it begins meeting.”

The entire letter is available here.

Gottfried, Rivera Call on NYC Water to Color-Code Maps

Richard N. Gottfried
Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-Chelsea, Midtown) and Council Member Carlina Rivera (D-East Village, Gramercy Park) and penned a letter to NYC Water calling on them to color code their lead service line maps.

The letter, which was co-written by 28 other NYC lawmakers, argued that a color code would make it easier for New Yorkers to discern whether they’re at risk of lead in their drinking water.

“As it is now, information about a given service line is impossible to ascertain without clicking on each individual building,” reads the letter. “Color coding each data point would be a more effective and user-friendly way to convey a building’s risk of lead in its drinking water, as well as more clearly indicating geographic areas of concern.”

The entire letter can be read here.

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