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Brian Lehrer: National Politics, NYC's Affordable Housing Conundrum and a State Constitutional Convention?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brian Lehrer broadcasting live from The Greene Space (WNYC)

Every month, Brian Lehrer broadcasts his show live from The Greene Space, talking with guests and taking questions from callers and the studio audience. 

On today's show: Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump and Clare Malone, senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.comJolie Milstein, president and CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing; and Gerald Benjamin, director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz; New York State Senator Liz KruegerAdriene Holder, of The Legal Aid Society; and Henry Garrido, executive director of District Council 37, the municipal employees' union. 

Watch segments below, or see the full video at the bottom of this page.

Monday Morning Politics

Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump and Clare Malone, senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.com, discuss the latest political news. 

The Affordable Housing Developers' View of NYC's Housing Conundrum

Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and WNYC reporter Jessica Gould talk about the affordable housing industry from the developers' perspective, and how it operates in New York City.

Debate: Should New York Hold a Convention to Amend the State Constitution?

Intelligence Squared-U.S. visits the Brian Lehrer Show with an Oxford-style debate on the decision facing New York voters in November: Whether to hold a constitutional convention to "fix" the state constitution. Listen and vote for the most persuasive team.

Arguing in favor: Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement and director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz and an editor of New York's Broken Constitution: The Governance Crisis and the Path to Renewed Greatness, and New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D, WF-Manhattan, 28th district).

Arguing against: Adriene Holder, attorney-in-charge of the civil practice of The Legal Aid Society, and Henry Garrido, executive director of District Council 37, the municipal employees' union.

Watch the full show: 


Gerald Benjamin, Henry Garrido, Maggie Haberman, Adriene Holder, Liz Krueger, Clare Malone and Jolie Milstein

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Comments [6]

Gregory Andracke from New York

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is encouraging members to vote NO on the Constitutional Convention. The flier states: "The Constitutional Convention: Just Another Party for Lobbyists" and on the reverse side: "A Party for them on YOUR Dime. VOTE NO on the Constitutional Convention"
"A Convention for Lobbyists, Not Workers"
"Our Hard-Won Rights at Risk"
"Their Party, Your Dime"

Of course there's more in the fine print, for example "During the last convention, 80% of delegates were political insiders." "Their Party, Your Dime .... Taxpayers would foot the bill! Experts say a constitutional convention would cost hundreds of millions of dollars..." I'm a member of the sub-union, NABET which covers technicians at ABC and NBC TV.


Oct. 18 2017 04:21 PM
Tony Melone from Brooklyn, NY

Garrido is incorrect to imply that public worker pensions are threatened by a convention. 1938 convention made public pensions contractual, and even if a convention eliminated that protection (which is very unlikely), contracts made before 2019 could not be changed under US contract law, so pensions are safe.

Oct. 16 2017 11:27 AM
Jerry Shvadron from Brooklyn

I think it's only a matter of time that New Yorkers will start to move out of NYC
because of the lack of affordable housing. I have lived in NY most of my life since 1979 when
I immigrated to America with my mom. But rents in Brooklyn have become unaffordable
in the last 10 years. After inheriting a coop at Trump Village, I had to sell my coop last year to pay a $80,000 flip tax; But had to quickly rent an apartment for $2000 per month where the electricity and plumbing were not up to code, because the
Coop board did not all me to move in. There was an article published about me in the August edition of Crain's. Please see the article here: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170821/REAL_ESTATE/170819873/trump-village-residents-are-at-war-with-each-other-over-how-to-sell-mitchell-lama-co-op-apartments-after-affordability-rules-ended
I had sued the "landlord" and they also sued me for creating a petition on moveon.org https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/trump-village-shareholders
It's a shame that almost 40 years after escaping Soviet Union, I'm seeing similarities with our government here in America in 2017.

Oct. 16 2017 11:27 AM
anthony from East Village

Thank you for the segment on Housing.

Housing crisis? twenty years ago i had to walk 20 minutes out of my neighborhood to the nearest bank (East Village). Now there are sometimes 4 banks on every corner of an intersection. They sometimes take up the whole block first floor.

My building had 45 units that were affordable, now after being flipped 3 times in past several years.... there are about 6 of us left. We're now owned by the President's son in law.

Developers are making much money, and 95% of the mom and pop shops in my area are gone, as are most my neighbors.... disappeared.

Over 5 years ago, I presented to City Council Member a Proposal to License Multiple Dwelling owners/managers, so we might get a better chance at knowing where the money is coming from and who the person responsible is, and requiring them to know something about the rules and regs of tenant safety and rights. Yesterday there was a ceremony to honor two who lost their lives because a landlord was playing with gas lines in the East Village.
Much talk, but the DOB has no politicians present checking why they don't function, why complaints fall through the cracks, why building owners, developers can and have gotten away with murder sometimes, and too many safety violations to mention here.

Happy to go over this Proposal from 2012 with anyone interested. It will have much to do with holding people accountable and responsible.

Oct. 16 2017 11:02 AM
Robert DeAngelis from UWS

I may have missed something but I did not understand the distinction between the types of programs that were being discussed. Is the Affordable Housing Program one that builds 100% "affordable" or is it affordable and market. When the City proposes giving money or benefits for a certain number of units at a specified band of income limitation, does the lowest responsible builder get the award. If so, why would it matter what a developer makes in profit if it delivers the product at the right price, that is, at the right rent levels.

Oct. 16 2017 11:01 AM
Sherrinford Mycroft holmes from Glen cove, new York

Our brother Donald Trump's is doing how business should be done. For example if I want something, you have to give me something. Every thing is give an take. So, if Donald Trump's wants the Wall, wants to overhaul healthcare, wants the tax reform, he has to contraindicate or put sanctions to Obamacare, Iran deal,

Oct. 16 2017 10:32 AM

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