Articles By Yolanne Almanzar

How does city set landlord rent hikes for tenants?

In New York City, the Rent Guidelines Board determines maximum rent hikes for about 1 million rent stabilized apartments. Tomorrow, the board will hold a preliminary vote on the next round of increases. We want to know: How does the Rent Guidelines Board calculate what landlords can charge their tenants? If you have information or… ⧸ Full Story

The Daily Q: When the city doesn’t enforce a rule, who does?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will introduce a bill that would require residential building owners to come up with rules for where people can or cannot smoke and to disclose such information to future tenants. While it does not ban smoking in residential buildings, groups on both sides of the issue see the proposal as a move towards… ⧸ Full Story

The Daily Q: Who polices the pollsters?

Today, the Siena Research Institute released a poll showing that Gov. Cuomo’s favorability rating is at an all-time high, with more than 70 percent of New Yorkers approving of his performance. These polls are often the way politicians gauge their relationship with voters and a powerful tool for the public to voice its views on… ⧸ Full Story

What will garbage disposal of the future look like?

A Swedish company may install a system of vacuum-operated tubes to collect garbage in certain areas of the city, according to Forbes. Private developers, neighborhood groups and other agencies have expressed an interest in using these garbage vacuums near Chelsea, in Manhattan, and underneath the Coney Island boardwalk or the High Line. The vacuum system… ⧸ Full Story

The Daily Q: What public review is required for prospective charter schools?

Last week, North Brooklyn parents and community leaders filed a lawsuit against Success Charter Network and the city Department of Education, alleging that the organization had conducted insufficient community outreach for a proposed charter school in Williamsburg in violation of state law. Officials from the charter school network said they gathered 1,400 signatures of parents… ⧸ Full Story

The Daily Q: How many New York City workers earn minimum wage?

How many New York City workers earn minimum wage? A bill backed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would increase the minimum wage in New York from $7.25 to $8.50, The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports this morning. The state last hiked the minimum wage hike in 2009. Since then, the number of minimum wage… ⧸ Full Story