A new report from Demos and New Economy Project calls on New York City to establish a public bank to divest city dollars from Wall Street and channel capital to Black and brown communities to promote racial equity and a just recovery.
The City — For the last four years, Queens State Senator James Sanders Jr. has pushed his colleagues in the New York legislature to greenlight public banks: local government-run financial institutions intended to extend credit and generate economic activity in low-income neighborhoods.
Today, community and labor groups from across the state rallied with legislators on the “Million Dollar Staircase” at the New York State Capitol Building, urging swift passage of the “New York Public Banking Act” (S1762B/A8290) this legislative session.
EastNewYork.com — This month, Mayor Eric Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander vowed not to deposit city funds with Wells Fargo, following alarming reports that the bank rejected more mortgage refinancing applications from Black homeowners than it approved in 2020—denying hundreds of New Yorkers the opportunity to lock in lower interest rates and build generational wealth.
City Limits — The New York City Council is once again considering a bill to curb speculation by giving nonprofits and community land trusts first dibs on residential properties that come up for sale.
Today, 82 local elected officials from 19 cities and counties across New York State delivered a letter to Governor Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Heastie, urging enactment of the “New York Public Banking Act” (S1762A/A5782) before the end of this year’s legislative session in early June.
Spectrum News — A bill that would enable the creation of public banks in New York has won the backing of dozens of local elected officials in 19 cities.
Community and housing activists joined Council Member Carlina Rivera and Council Member Sandy Nurse, Comptroller Brad Lander, and other elected officials at a rally at City Hall to call for increased support for community land trusts (CLTs), to shield land and housing from speculation in the wake of the pandemic. Groups called for strong public investment in CLTs and policymaking to stabilize housing and promote a just recovery in Black and brown neighborhoods hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
The City — Mayor Eric Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander are facing calls from progressive advocates to cut off Wells Fargo’s ability to hold municipal deposits following allegations of racial discrimination.
Albany Times-Union — This budget season, there’s been a lot of talk about investing in New York’s future. Citing better-than-expected tax receipts and a wealth of federal stimulus funds, Gov. Kathy Hochul recently declared, “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make thoughtful, purpose-driven investments in our state and in our people that will pay dividends for decades.”