It may be the holiday season, but Public Advocate Bill Deblasio delivered some much-deserved coal to the city’s worst landlords today. For the second year in a row, the public advocate’s office compiled a list of the city’s worst landlords, up to 358 across all five boroughs.
The public advocate has created a new Watch List 2.0, which lets New Yorkers see if their building is on the list and to spot trends on building improvements and new deficiencies. The shame campaign appears to be working since 176 landlords who made the list last year are poised to be removed for fixing up their properties.
Ever wondered if your landlord is a slumlord?
Now you can know.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (profiled by The Observer in June), has created a Web site at www.pubadvocate.nyc.gov/landlord-watchlist — to be launched at some point today — that allows visitors to search a database of slumlords. According to the Daily Read More
Much as the New York Post editorial board may protest, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (profiled in the Observer earlier this month) has moved ahead with his plan to foment grassroots organizing, today releasing Part I of his “Guide to Community Organizing.”
The guide, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Haitian Read More
Earlier this week, The Observer spoke with former public advocate Mark Green, the city’s first holder of the office, about the current one, Bill de Blasio, who was profiled in the paper this week.
Here’s what Mr. Green had to say on the health of the office, and on Mr. de Blasio’s ambitions.
He Read More
On the afternoon of June 1, the newly installed public advocate, Bill de Blasio, did what public advocates of New York city do, or should at least appear to do-he listened to The People. In a uniform of pinstriped pants, red tie and white shirt, Mr de Blasio stood at the corner of Read More
For the record: Council Speaker Christine Quinn is staying neutral in the hotly contested races for public advocate and comptroller.
Observer intern Molly Fischer was up at the Hilton this morning for Quinn’s speech before the New York Building Congress when she delivered the news, responding to a question by NYBC president Read More
Mark Green was a picture of calm.
"Twenty minutes ago, I had a delightful conversation with the mayor," said the two-term former public advocate, sitting on a stool in the kitchen of his East 19th Street loft, wearing a blue blazer, open collar shirt and blue suede Adidas sneakers. "It was very friendly." Read More
A spokesperson for City Council member Jessica Lappin said she's still considering entering the race for public advocate, despite the entry of former public advocate Mark Green into the race this morning.
Like Lappin, Green is from Manhattan, posing another challenge to her potential candidacy in what already looks to be a Read More