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Tenants Protest Housing Plan


PUBLISHED OCT 27, 2015 AT 11:00 AM (UPDATED OCT 29, 2015) - Straus Media

Public housing residents marched five blocks south to Gracie Mansion last week with a message for Mayor Bill de Blasio: hands off our land.

The residents were protesting a recently unveiled plan to build a mixture of affordable and market rate housing on playground space at Holmes Towers on East 93rd Street and First Avenue, where they live.

Concerned Residents Raise Money to Bring SNUG Program to Poughkeepsie

By Michael Howard
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 12:05 AM EDT

Residents in the city of Poughkeepsie raised money in an effort to bring a program called SNUG to their community to help cure violence. Time Warner Cable News' Michael Howard has the details and why they say it could turn the city around.

Poughkeepsie, like many cities, has its share of violence.

"We have had so many murders in the city of Poughkeepsie," resident Tama Bell said.

She has seen them first-hand.

Participatory Budgeting Grows in NYC - Why Isn’t Every Council Member Doing It?

Participatory Budgeting Grows in NYC - Why Isn’t Every Council Member Doing It?

by Colin O'Connor, Oct 23, 2015

In four years participatory budgeting has exploded from four to 27 New York City Council districts. With over 51,000 voters casting ballots last cycle to allocate a total of $32 million dollars to projects across the city, New York‘s experiment in direct democracy has quickly become the largest of its kind in North America.

"It's A Land Grab": NYCHA Tenants Protest Private Development Plans For Public Land

BY NICK PINTO IN  ON OCT 21, 2015 12:15 PM

When the socialites joining Mayor de Blasio at last night’s gala fundraiser rolled up to Gracie Mansion and descended from their black SUVs, it’s possible that they heard a distant clamor from across East End Avenue, where about 100 residents of public housing, corralled into a cattle pen of police barricades, were staging a protest.