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SUPPORT TO PRESERVE ELIZABETH STREET GARDEN & CREATE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT 388 HUDSON ST --- click here for pdf


Support for proposed legislation in NY State:

1. THE NEW YORK VOTES ACT: Removes barriers to voting
2. TRUMP ACT: Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public for presidential candidates
3. NY STATE LIBERTY ACT: Immigration-related matters, fair & ethical guidelines

4. REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL ON CARBON FEES TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
5. NY STATE PLAN TO CUT MIDDLE-INCOME TAX & MAINTAIN HIGH-INCOME TAX


Resolution adopted at duly called meeting of the Downtown Independent Democrats on October 10, 2016 with changes confirmed by the Executive Committee on October 24, 2016

MORATORIUM ON NEW HIGH-RISE BUILDING IN OR NEAR HIGH-RISK FLOOD ZONES
and
MINIMIZE POPULATION INCREASES IN OR NEAR HIGH-RISK FLOOD ZONES

New high-rise development in high-risk flood zones has serious negative consequences.  The impact on safety, infrastructure, and financial loss extends far beyond a specific high-risk area.

Millions of residential and business taxpayers end up bearing the financial burden:

-    Increased need to fund FEMA and other Federal and State agencies;

-    Increased taxation and/or reallocation of public funds for rebuilding, repairs to infrastructure and relocation expenses;

-    Increase in insurance premiums and even unavailability of insurance.

Developers and their investors sell after construction and are long gone from the high-risk areas, while residents, business owners and taxpayers remain at risk.

The anticipated revenue stream that building brings to New York City coffers must be balanced against the extreme costs from a significant event occurring within or near high-risk flood zones.

New construction is looked on as a continual revenue source for municipalities and the State. As new high-rises are built, new property taxes are collected, along with transfer fees, mortgage recording taxes, and temporary construction jobs are provided.  Each time a property or individual condo is sold, more is collected.

Yet these revenues pale and in no way match the cost impact of a significant-event occurrence in or near high-risk flood zones.

Increases in population in or near high-risk flood zones must be minimized.  This includes new construction or reuse of existing structures.

Sandy's impact was enormous, despite it being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the time it hit Lower Manhattan.

Projections of rising sea levels and changing weather patterns are dramatically increasing financial risk, especially in or near the high-risk flood zones.

Therefore be it resolved:

Downtown Independent Democrats call for a moratorium on new high-rise building in or near high-risk flood zones.

Population increases must be minimized in or near high-risk flood zones, whether these increases come from new construction or reuse of existing buildings.

October 10, 2016

Changes confirmed by the Executive Committee October 24, 2016

Vote:  Unanimous

 


April 7th, 2016

RESOLUTION RE 45 RIVINGTON STREET

Whereas in recent years our community has lost many nursing home beds to gentrification; and

Whereas, 45 Rivington Street had been operated by VillageCare, a non-profit organization, as a nursing home facility for HIV and AIDS patients from 1995 to 2014.  The building, originally a grammar school, had been sold by the City in 1993 with a restrictive deed limiting the use of the building in perpetuity to a not-for-profit residential health care facility.  In 2014, the Allure Group purchased the building from VillageCare with the deed restriction still in place, with the stated intention of operating a for-profit nursing home facility;  and

Whereas, the Department of Administrative Services subsequently accepted $16 million to lift the deed restriction, enabling Allure to flip the building to Slate Property Group at a tremendous profit, pursuant to an agreement already in place, and  for Slate to start converting the building to condominiums; and

Whereas, while the sale of the property from VillageCare to Allure had been done with full transparency and participation of neighborhood stakeholders, the subsequent lifting of the restrictive deed by the City and sale of the property to Slate had been done behind closed doors, without any attempt by the City to notify community stakeholders and ensure that our community did not lose another 219 nursing home beds; and

Whereas, the Downtown Independent Democrats find the actions by the City to be deeply troubling.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the DID calls upon the City to disclose any and all information as to what transpired respecting the lifting of the deed restriction and the sale of the property to Slate; and

Resolved further, we call upon the City to make any and all efforts to undo the lifting of the deed restriction and to return the building to community use; and

Resolved further, the DID holds the City responsible for making sure that the Community does not lose the 219 nursing home beds; and

Resolved further, we fully support a complete and thorough investigation into what transpired respecting the sale of the former Rivington House to Slate Property  Group, including, without limitation, the lifting of the deed restriction;  and

Resolved further, that we fully support legislation requiring a publicly available online database of all properties upon which the City has imposed deed restrictions, as well as required public notice to the appropriate community boards, borough presidents and city council members with an opportunity to comment should the City consider lifting any deed restriction, as suggested by Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer.

 

 


 

DECEMBER 2015:

CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE NY STATE GOVERNMENT REFORM
Good-government reform legislation passed by the New York State legislature

NOVEMBER 15th:

GAME TROPHIES OF THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES
SUPPORT FOR NYS SENATOR HOYLMAN’S BILL BANNING TRANSPORT

NEW YORKERS FOR A HUMAN SCALE CITY

ELIZABETH STREET GARDEN
STRONG OPPOSITION AGAINST NYC DEVELOPING THE SITE

LOWER EAST SIDE BELOW DELANCEY ST. - HISTORICAL DESIGNATION SUPPORT

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RENT REGULATION, COOP & CONDO TAX FAIRNESS, 421-A, AFFORDABLE HOUSING
April 29, 2015


Whereas the affordable housing shortage in NYC in general and Lower Manhattan in particular threatens the ability of our members, neighbors, and families to stay in our homes;

Whereas the vibrancy and dynamism of the neighborhoods we love is in danger of being lost to rising rents and housing costs;

Whereas 2.5 Million New Yorkers in rent stabilized housing are in danger of losing their homes if rent regulation is allowed to expire in June 2015;

Whereas our city has lost over 250,000 affordable apartments in the last decade due to “vacancy decontrol”;

Whereas the “Coop/Condo property tax abatement program” has provided property tax relief and fairness for qualifying NYC home owners since 1997 and the affordability of their homes depends in part on this program; and

Whereas the Coop/Condo property tax abatement program is due to sunset in June 2015;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Downtown Independent Democrats call upon all our NY State elected representatives to immediately:

1)   Renew, significantly strengthen, and make permanent rent regulations for NYC tenants, including the repeal of vacancy decontrol;

2)   Extend the Coop/Condo property tax abatement program with an eye towards permanent reform;

3)   Require that all new large residential developments in NYC include a significant affordable housing component; and

4)   Refuse to extend the billion dollar giveaway to developers known as 421-A and devote the revenue thus raised to the development of new low and middle income affordable housing throughout NYC.

April 29, 2015
Passed unanimously.

CC:
Governor Andrew Cuomo
State Senator Daniel Squadron
State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Assembly member Deborah Glick
State Assembly member Sheldon Silver and
State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh


RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A PUBLIC PLACE OR STREET NAMING FOR

PATROLMAN PHILLIP CARDILLO

The Downtown Independent Democrats request that the City of New York name a public place or street in remembrance of Patrolman Phillip Cardillo who was shot in the line of duty on April 14, 1972 and died six days later as a result thereof.

Whereas, Patrolman Cardillo was fatally wounded inside the Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 after he and his partner, Vito Navarra, responded to a 911 call for help.

Whereas, Patrolman Cardillo is the only uniformed member of the NYPD who died in the line of duty who has not been appropriately acknowledged for the sacrifice he made to the people of the City of New York.

Whereas, the manner in which Patrolman Cardillo lost his life has left longstanding and open emotional wounds, and it is time that these wounds were closed and thus the healing process may begin.

Therefore be it resolved:  The Downtown Independent Democrats urge the City of New York to name an appropriate location within the City of New York after Patrolman Phillip Cardillo in honor of his sacrifice.

April 29, 2015

 


 

LLC LOOPHOLE FOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
or better said - the foxes guarding the henhouse enable corruption

The NY State legislature continues to stall on closing the LLC loophole.

NY State forbids corporations to contribute more than $5,000 to candidates and political committees.
Limited Liability Companies - LLCs - are allowed in NY State to bypass this regulation.

LLCs can contribute over $60,000 to a state candidate in an election cycle, and $150,000 a year to candidates and political committees in total.
The problem:  Corporations and individuals are setting up unlimited numbers of LLCs.  They can then bypass the allowed contribution limits.  The names of the donors are well hidden. 

Example - a real estate developer has numerous properties each as a separate LLC. Contributions are made not only by the real estate corporation, but also under each property LLC. This multiplies the contributions a donor wants to make through a myriad of LLCs.

The Moreland Commission which probed ethics and reform in Albany recommended shutting down this LLC loophole. The Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, and other good-government groups also want this reform.



RESOLUTION:

The Federal government and other states have closed the loophole that allows Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) to bypass limits on campaign contributions.    

NY State continues to hit a low bar by not making this ethical reform.

The LLC loophole circumvents the intent of our campaign finance laws. This corrupts our political system and allows undue influence by a minority to the detriment of the majority.

The NY State legislature plays a game of purporting to be for reform, but not enacting reform.

Many continue to accept money from LLCs connected to large donors while not passing legislation.
The Downtown Independent Democrats demand the NY State Assembly and Senate close the LLC loophole. 


DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS
April 29, 2015                                                                             
Passed unanimously.


Notes:
To illustrate the ethical conundrum, a few years ago significant funds were contributed to the Governor by real estate companies and connected LLCs. Just days after several contributions, these real estate developers were granted an unusual carve out of the 421-A tax abatement that surprised many.
One tax abatement was estimated to cost the city over tens of millions. That was taxpayer money. To make up these funds the tax burden shifts to the middle-income taxpayer.

Another example is Glenwood Management. They are connected to an estimated 19 LLCs that have made contributions, and they are deep in the middle of several corruption investigations.

Coincidence or not, the above are examples of contributions through LLCs that raise serious red flags and make clear the LLC loophole must be closed.

 


 

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A CARBON FEE

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR SPEAKER OF THE NYS ASSEMBLY TO STEP DOWN


Resolution from the Downtown Independent Democrats, special meeting of Sunday, January 25, 2015 -

Given the serious charges against Sheldon Silver and the important business for the people of the State of New York that needs to be attended to, the Downtown Independent Democrats call for Sheldon Silver to immediately step down as Speaker of the New York State Assembly.


2014 Resolutions --- see pdf


2012 Resolutions:

RESOLUTION AGAINST NYS BUDGET PROPOSAL TO GIVE THE GOVERNOR POWER TO TRANSFER FUNDS FROM THEIR DESIGNATED PURPOSES AND AGENCIES, WITHOUT NEED FOR CONSULTATION OR APPROVAL. - see pdf

Support of Amendment to State Finance Law to Give Incentive to Financial Institutions Who Charge Usurious Rate to Comply with the NY State Interest Rate Cap of 16% - see pdf

Support of NY State Legislation to Ban the Sale, Trading, Possession & Distribution of Shark Fins - see pdf

Resolution Calling for Holocaust Art Disclosure Legislation as Pertains to Museums Funded By NYC - see pdf


2011 Resolutions - see pdf

2010 Resolutions - support to end human trafficking (pdf)
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