Source of Income Cases

Five large property owners and managers were charged with source of income discrimination by the City Department of Human Rights, Tuesday. The cases involve alleged refusal to accept testers with Section 8 or LINC, although all the properties appear to have subsidized tenants.

Seven National Grid employees and 26 building owners or managers were among 37 people indicted yesterday by the Brooklyn District Attorney in a scheme allegedly involving $1300-$2500 payoffs to get gas meters installed in new or renovated apartments without completing required Buildings Department inspections and safety sign-offs.

Feeling the pain? Commercial property taxes, not including taxes on single family homes, co-ops or condos, rose 24.4% from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2016 according to a report issued this week by REBNY, and the Wall Street Journal calculated the 2013-2017 hike at 29.3% — but the Mayor’s office is happy that the tax rate hasn’t increased, just assessments and revenues.

Governor Cuomo delivered six regional State of the State speeches this week, but never once mentioned dealing with the 421-a tax incentive for new housing that filled headlines all last year.

Did you forget all Mayor de Blasio’s proposed rezonings for higher density development? City Limits published a wrap up with the status of the twelve announced so far.

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