Press Releases

Flushing, NY – More than 50 Queens residents filled the Free Synagogue of Flushing Wednesday evening for a community forum on public banking, sponsored by NYS Assemblymember Ron T. Kim and the Public Bank NYC coalition. At the forum, speakers representing MinKwon Center for Community Action, New Economy Project, and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) […]

As this year’s corporate-sponsored “Climate Week NYC” sputters on, New Economy Project and the Public Bank NYC coalition released an analysis estimating that NYC’s financial investments and cash deposits in big banks generate 757 kilotons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)* annually. This previously unreported figure would represent the second largest source of GHG emissions by sector in city government, if accounted for in the City’s GHG inventory, according to the analysis.

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.

As the New York Senate prepares for hearings this week on Governor Hochul’s nomination of Adrienne Harris for Superintendent of the NYS Department of Financial Services, racial and economic justice groups delivered a letter to Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, urging the Senate to conduct a rigorous examination of Ms. Harris’ record and experience.

Ahead of the City’s tax lien sale this Friday, the Abolish the NYC Tax Lien Sale Coalition released a new analysis revealing the lien sale list includes 392 vacant lots that could support the development of over 3,600 affordable housing units. This represents a recurring missed opportunity for the City to partner with community land trusts (CLTs) to acquire these vacant lots and develop deeply-affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers, the organization said.