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Subject Arsenic False Alarm Still A Drain on NYCHA's Riis Residents
Date September 19, 2022 2:12 PM
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Arsenic Alarm Still A Drain on Riis Residents’ Routines and Resources ([link removed])

It’s been two weeks since Michelle Rodriguez last let her kids bathe inside their apartment at the Jacob Riis Houses in the East Village. They now walk to her grandmother’s apartment outside the complex for baths and showers, she said.

News of arsenic in the water has transformed the way many tenants at the public housing complex live, even after NYCHA and Mayor Eric Adams said the positive test was a false alarm resulting from a lab error by a private testing company, which later confirmed the screw up. Tenants who have spoken with City Limits in recent days say impact of the tainted water announcement still lingers, invading their psyches, disrupting their routines and lightening their wallets.


Bill to Require Mental Health Staff at Family Shelters Spurs Worry Over ‘Unintended Effects’ ([link removed])
Supporters of the legislation, which would require the city to fund the placement of mental health professionals on-site at all homeless shelters with children, say it would increase access to care for families experiencing the crisis of housing insecurity. But some advocates worry it could inadvertently ensnare more low-income families in the child welfare system.

Hundreds of Harlem Tenants Can Proceed with Class Action Suit Over Rent Fraud Claims, Judge Rules ([link removed])
A state judge granted class certification to past and present tenants in 11 buildings who have sued their landlord for “systemic evasion of the rent regulations” in a case that attorneys say could set a precedent for future actions.

It’s Not Just Manhattan: Rents Are Still Rising Across NYC ([link removed])
Throughout the five boroughs and across the rental market, apartment prices continue to surge, according to an analysis of nearly 390,000 listings over the past three years that online marketplace StreetEasy shared with City Limits.

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Interns will be trained in the essential tenets of reporting and news writing, hear from journalist guest speakers about what it’s like to work in the industry, and work closely with City Limits’ reporters on locally focused news stories with the goal of getting their work published in City Limits and in a student-produced newsletter.

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[link removed] año después de las inundaciones de Ida, fondo de $27 millones de dólares para inmigrantes de Nueva York ha repartido menos de $2 millones ([link removed])
El fondo de ayuda de Ida para los neoyorquinos inmigrantes fue creado por la ciudad y el estado para las personas que sufrieron daños por las inundaciones pero que no cumplían los requisitos para recibir la ayuda administrada por FEMA debido a su estatus inmigratorio. Pero un año después, solo se ha utilizado una parte de los fondos, y solo 330 de los 554 aplicantes han recibido el pago.

Muertes por COVID-19 por raza y etnia tras la primera ola en la ciudad de Nueva York ([link removed])
City Limits utilizó la Ley de Libertad de Información (Freedom of Information Law o FOIL por sus siglas en inglés) para obtener datos del Departamento de Salud e Higiene Mental de la ciudad de Nueva York sobre las muertes semanales de COVID-19 por raza/etnia desde septiembre de 2020 -cuando acababa de pasar la primera ola- hasta finales de julio de 2022.
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Opinion: To Lower Housing Production Costs, Put People Before Parking ([link removed])
"There is a real solution: end the off-street parking requirements mandated by archaic zoning laws enacted when gas was cheap and full of lead, elevated trains were being torn down, and flying cars were the future. With climate change now posing an existential threat, it is time to move on."
—James Lloyd, director of policy for the New York State Association for Affordable Housing.

Opinion: The Moral Imperative to Close Rikers Island ([link removed])
The city’s plan to close Rikers by 2027 is "not a perfect plan, but it’s the best plan thus far. And to do the bold and necessary thing—to see this plan through to completion—will take moral courage and political leadership."
—Rev. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York
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