Today’s Headlines from New York City

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Details about the recently approved city budget at NYC.gov. Mixed City Council reaction to poverty formula for grants. (Capital NY) New York City budget funds Rockaways ferry service only through October (7online) AP IMPACT: NYC Jails Neglected Suicide Precautions . (AP/ABC) New York City Approves Municipal ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants (Democracy Now!) More Than Half of NYC Holocaust Survivors Living in Poverty Despite German Reparations. (Forward) A Guide to New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law.(NYmag) Brooklyn DA Discusses Efforts to Turn Tide in His Office (NY1) Steven Wishnia examines New York’s retirement crisis in a two part series for LaborPress. 1. Fear of a […]

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Occupy Sandy: Building Community and Worker Power in Far Rockaway

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“When the workers get together and decide how to distribute the income in such an enterprise, would they give the CEO $25 million in stock bonuses while everybody else can barely get by?” Three and a half months ago, the walls upstairs at the Church of the Prophecy in Far Rockaway, a low-income coastal neighborhood of New York City, were covered with maps of where help was most needed. The church was a hub for the Occupy Sandy relief effort after Hurricane Sandy. Now, nearly five months after the hurricane struck, the maps have been replaced by posters extolling the […]

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Hospital Closures in Brooklyn and Queens: The Sick Get Sold out

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There is a national trend of closing hospitals under the guise of saving taxpayers money. Brooklyn and Queens have been and continue to be negatively affected by the same trend, despite the fact that closing hospitals doesn’t actually save anyone money. The bed to patient ratios in Brooklyn and Queens are considerably lower than the state average of 3.1 per 1,000 patients, 2.3 and 1.7 respectively. Not only do patients and their families suffer, but so do the thousands of healthcare workers that have lost their jobs. There is no bail out in sight for the sick, uninsured and under-insured […]

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Three Months After Sandy: By The Numbers

It took hundreds of sanitation trucks to clear the debris strewn across New York City in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. (Photo: NYC Department of Transportation)

Three months after Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers are still recovering. We took a look through some of the numbers and this is what we found. Second Costliest Storm in U.S History: Sandy was surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina in total damage. Sandy unleashed over $65 billion dollars in weather destruction in less than five days. Total number of homes affected by power outages: 8,100,000. Sandy damaged infrastructure to a point where some electrical grids simply shut down. People in at least 17 states were left without power in one way or another. Historic size and numbers: Hurricane Sandy’s […]

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NY Fast Food Workers Serve Up a Fight for Economic Justice

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The sidewalk in front of the Wendy’s on Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall was choked with people at noon on November 29th. The signs they held were mostly handmade, in English and Spanish, calling for higher wages, more respect on the job. A small group of them held a bright red banner, that read “STRIKE for higher pay for a stronger New York.” A young woman led the rally, her bright red hair pulled back, her voice already ragged from chanting, from shouting her story. I was later told by an organizer she’d been out since 5 AM, showing up to support […]

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“The Mold” in the Forgotten Rockaways

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Nearly three months after Sandy, many Far Rockaway residents are still fighting to rebuild after the massive damage caused by the superstorm. Among the biggest threats in its immediate wake was a pandemic explosion in mold, as water and humidity seeped into thousands of homes in the Queens Community. The following video report produced by Messiah Rhodes outlines some of the disturbing findings from a January survey of 1,251 Far Rockaway residents by New York Communities for Change. As the findings showed, most of the community’s residents have either had to pay to remove health-threatening mold conditions themselves or, insufficiently […]

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Turns to Protest

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The stakes are high for people in the Rockaways. More than month and a half after Superstorm Sandy, winter is setting in and many of the ten thousand residents of this Queens neighborhood still lack heat or electricity. Many have no hot water. And there’s another festering crisis: mold. It’s lurching up Rockaway walls, crawling on ceilings, covering mattresses and baby strollers, and threatening to breed an epidemic. The smell of the green fuzz fills beachside homes that on October 30 were submerged in swelling tides. The administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched a “Rapid Repair Program,” but Rockaway […]

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