Want to know the latest developments in New York City politics? Check out this guide that will walk you through the latest announcements, including the reopening of the NYU-Langone Medical Center's emergency room following Superstorm Sandy, new political appointments and major state legislation that will help homeowners whose homes were ravaged during Sandy.
NYU Langone’s emergency department reopens
The NYU Langone Medical Center’s emergency department reopened on Thursday after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the emergency room 18 months ago. Business mogul Ronald Perelman donated $50 million to rebuild the emergency room and nearly $150 million in FEMA aid was allocated for repairs. Mayor de Blasio, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney all attended the reopening ceremony and delivered remarks.
Julie Menin is named Consumer Affairs Commissioner
Julie Menin was appointed as commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs by Mayor de Blasio on Thursday. A former restaurant owner, regulatory attorney and community leader, Menin is known for establishing and running the nonprofit Wall Street Rising to help Lower Manhattan recover from the September 11, 2001 attacks as well as serving as chairwoman of Manhattan’s Community Board 1 for three consecutive terms beginning in 2005. Menin plans to educate consumers and businesses to ensure that they have the information they need to sustain the city’s economy.
Rachel Godsil will serve as chair of Rent Guidelines Board
Rachel Godsil, an attorney and professor whose areas of specialty includes land use, housing and social justice, will head the Rent Guidelines Board, Mayor de Blasio announced on Thursday. She currently serves as the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law. She previously served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Her property work explores the mortgage crisis and eminent domain as well as the relationship between race, poverty and land use decisions. As head of the board, she will oversee annual rent adjustments for roughly one million apartments throughout the city as determined by the Rent Stabilization law.
Winners of #NYCPoetweet Contest are announced
On Thursday, First Lady Chirlane McCray announced the winners of the #NYCPoetweet poetry contest sponsored by the city and Metro New York. The winners are America (@america123), Daniel Carlton (@ImDanielCarlton), Ines (@Iocaines), M M De Voe (@mmdevoe) and Scottt Raven (@ScotttRaven). For a taste of the winners’ talent, here’s America’s poem:
Scrape the shovel / Slosh the puddle / Slap this winter down / Click-clack the hell / Sing-song the sax / Stir this summer town
New Sandy property tax relief legislation
On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced state legislation that would give property tax relief to New York city homeowners who rebuilt or repaired their homes following Superstorm Sandy who will see a significant increase in their property tax bills for the city’s fiscal year of 2015. The bipartisan legislation would reduce a homeowner’s property tax liability for fiscal year 2015 to his or her tax liability before the storm took place, during fiscal year 2013.