Tenants of real estate mogul Sonny Tran are demanding meetings with two banks — Dime and Modern — that have underwritten his local building purchases and what rent-stabilized tenants describe as a siege of potentially illegal construction and dangerous living conditions. The two banks are on the city’s list of designated banks, and organizers also called on the city to divest from for-profit banks and move their deposits to a public bank.
The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) is a solution to maintaining affordable housing stock amid a housing crisis throughout the state, advocates say. The act gives tenants the chance to make an offer on a building before a landlord sells to an outside party.
Community groups and elected officials are kicking off a campaign to pass the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, or TOPA.
The Interest on Lawyer Account provides tens of millions of dollars to fund legal help for New Yorkers who can’t afford it, According to the fund’s director, however, Hochul’s budget proposal would remove about a third of the cash it has available, imperiling its financial health. Legal organizations that benefit from its grants warn they may have to cut services.
A recent report by the New Economy Project has shed light on major disparities in banking practices within New York City, revealing that big banks holding public money have been investing unfairly, particularly leaving neighborhoods of color behind. The nonprofit, along with state and local coalitions, have been actively educating the public on the benefits of public banks.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing a rule on overdraft fees that would benefit New Yorkers. The rule closes a loophole exempting overdraft fees from provisions in the Truth in Lending Act.
Attorneys from New Economy Project, Quinn Emanuel, and the Legal Aid Society won a unanimous decision from a state appeals court giving Harlem resident Sharae Banks, and potentially thousands like her, a new chance to challenge potentially unscrupulous debt collectors.
An analysis of big banks in New York City contended they are perpetuating lending disparities—and called on the city and state to authorize the creation of a public bank.
What is a worker ownership center and why do we need one? On this podcast, Andy Morrison, associate director at New Economy Project, and Tori Kuper, a board member of Cooperation Buffalo, discuss the immense value of worker-owned businesses and the steps New York State can take to foster their growth.
The experience of a Harlem mom has opened the door to helping others who were targeted by an unconstitutional debt collection tactic.