MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Feb. 19, 2020

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Maloney Introduces Bill to Extend Veteran’s Housing Benefits to Co-Ops

Yesterday, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) introduced the Fair Co-Cops for Veterans Act alongside Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

Through its home loan guaranty program, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) helps guarantee loans that veterans and servicemembers obtain through private lenders. If the homeowner defaults on said loan, VA will cover the debt owed to the lender. Currently, the program does not include cooperative housing (co-ops).

“In New York City, co-ops are ubiquitous, and our veterans shouldn’t be priced out of these housing options because they’re excluded from the VA’s loan program,” said Maloney. “Wherever veterans want to buy a home – whether in rural or urban areas – they should have equal loan support from the VA.”

Rivera to Speak at 2020 Census Discussion

Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Carlina Rivera

Tomorrow, Council Member Carlina Rivera (D-East Village, Gramercy Park) will be speaking at a forum on the 2020 Census, hosted by the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

Rivera will join representatives from the Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) to explain what, exactly, is at stake this year. The Census determines both the amount of funding each state gets and their level of representation in Congress; if New York is undercounted, they may lose congressional seats.

The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Tara Rose, 384 3rd Ave.

De La Rosa to Host Small Business Information Session

Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa
Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa

Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa (D-Upper Manhattan) will be hosting an information session on small businesses this morning.

De La Rosa is hosting the event alongside representatives from the IRS and the NY Department of Labor. At the session, small business owners will receive helpful tips regarding minimum wage laws, overtime pay, wage theft prevention, and other issues.

The event will take place today at 8:30 a.m. at Casa Del Mofongo and Piano Bar, 546 West 207th St.

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