The City — When a debt collector called Alba Ramirez, she had no idea who was on the other line or what the person wanted.
Daily News, op-ed by Carlos Menchaca, Betsy Plum, Natalia Aristizabal, and Deyanira Del Rio — As the first batch of New York City’s municipal ID cards nears expiration, Mayor de Blasio is pursuing a dangerous plan that would fundamentally change the program and put New Yorkers at needless and potentially serious risk.
The City — Pushback against adding a banking chip to new IDNYC cards intensified Thursday, with a demand from immigration, civil liberties and consumer groups to scrap the effort and introduction of a City Council bill to block it.
Washington Post — By last year, Terrie Raymer thought she was in the clear. A nearly $14,000 credit card debt she owed Target was now so old under Oklahoma’s laws that she could no longer be sued to collect the money. It was a relief, and Raymer began making plans to restart her life, including buying a new home.
Consumer Reports — As a Type 1 diabetic, Sarah Stark expects to have to cope with a lot of medical bills. But one hassle that’s taken her by surprise is dealing with debt collectors. Earlier this year, she says, a debt collector claimed she owed a medical bill that she had already paid.
Queens Daily Eagle — A new housing wave may soon hit the Rockaways, and Councilmember Donovan Richards, who represents the area, wants to make sure that it doesn’t wipe out ordinary New Yorkers and low-income families.
Fast Company — For the latter half of 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux and activist allies from all over the country camped out in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was likely to harm their native lands through an invasive engineering process and inevitable oil spills.
Curbed NY — The latest city budget includes $750,000 to grow an underutilized housing model that creates affordable homes in rapidly gentrifying communities—a major win for housing advocates.
City Limits — Over a dozen stakeholders and community-based organizations along with a group of elected officials are seeking monetary support for an initiative to help community land trusts get going or hit stride.
Dozens of community land trust (CLT) organizers, supporters, and community members rallied this morning at City Hall, urging the NYC Council to support a new funding initiative to incubate and expand CLTs in all five NYC boroughs. The proposed initiative, championed by Council Members Donovan Richards and Carlina Rivera, comes at a critical moment, as more than a dozen CLTs are taking root in the South and Northwest Bronx, East Harlem, Brownsville, Jackson Heights, and beyond, to curb displacement and advance community-led development.