New York’s City Health and Housing Commissioners gave strong lip service support to the Council’s package of lead poisoning prevention bills at a hearing last week, but the written testimony suggests that virtually all the bills need amendment and some make no sense. Regarding requiring every property owner to test and abate soil and water lead, the Department of Health reported that an analysis of 219 children who had blood lead levels above 15 mcg/dl in 2017 found one child with an exposure to lead in soil and one with an exposure to lead in water, but that both were also exposed to paint hazards.
City rules covering Living in Communities (LINC) rental assistance; the City Family Eviction Prevention Supplement and City Family Exit Plan Supplement (CITYFEPS) programs; the Special Exit and Prevention Supplement (SEPS) program; and the HRA HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (HRA HOME TBRA) and New York State Family Eviction Prevention Supplement are being amended and merged beginning October 29th. Anyone with tenants in these programs should review the changes.
The New York Times investigation into President Trump’s taxes this week explores an alleged scheme in the early 1990s to inflate the costs of individual apartment improvements and major capital improvements by running purchases through a family-owned company before reselling them to the properties. The State Division of Homes and Community Renewal has indicated it will look at the claims.
Sackman Enterprises is proposing giving the City of White Plains $260,000 cash in lieu of 18 parking spaces at a downtown apartment development site because the units will be targeted at Millenials. “Millennials don’t have cars, as a practical matter. They’re big users of Uber and Zip Cars,” a spokesperson said. Parking requirements have long been a target of affordable housing developers as well.
The Brooklyn District Attorney, Wednesday, announced the indictments of five people and two businesses for illegally removing asbestos, filing false instruments with the Department of Buildings, forgery, reckless endangerment and other crimes related to renovating four properties.