Location Affordability in Large U.S. Cities: Variability Among Types of Households

Aug 20, 2014

The third in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief considers combined housing and transportation costs relative to income for a variety of housing types. It finds that New York City is generally affordable for moderate- and middle-income households. Affordability for low-income households, however, remains a challenge.

Housing Affordability Versus Location Affordability: The Rent Is Too Damn High! But the Metrocard is a Pretty Good Deal

Aug 13, 2014

The second in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief explores how low transportation costs and high income make New York City relatively affordable when compared to other large cities in the United States.

The Affordable Housing Crisis: How Bad Is It in New York City?

Aug 06, 2014

The policy brief, the first in a series on housing affordability, analyzes data from 22 U.S. cities to assess whether affordable housing is a nationwide problem or one particular to New York City.

What NY Should Do With $4B

Jul 24, 2014
New York State will soon receive more than $4 billion in settlements from large financial institutions. It is an unprecedented windfall, coming from wrongdoing by banks, and it is rightly generating public discussion about what to do with the money.

Where Do We Go From Here? Steering New York City’s Finances in Fiscal Year 2015

Jul 01, 2014
Today is the first day of fiscal year 2015. New York City’s $75 billion budget is the first to be crafted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and adopted by the City Council under Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s leadership.  This blog post examines what’s new in the fiscal year 2015 budget and makes recommendations for steering the City’s finances over the next four years.

Three Questions about 1,000 New Police Officers

Jun 19, 2014
As the New York City budget for fiscal year 2015 nears adoption, the City Council is negotiating with the Mayor to secure funding for its priorities, such as universal school lunches, legal services for evictees, and increased support for public libraries. One of the more expensive Council initiatives, at an estimated cost of almost $100 million annually, is the hiring of 1,000 new police officers to increase staffing at police precincts.

Benefit Sweeteners on the Move in State Legislature

Jun 16, 2014
Last week five bills on CBC’s Benefit Sweetener Scorecard passed one house of the State Legislature. The most expensive bill (A7862/S5644) was passed in the Senate and would increase pension benefits for SUNY police officers to half-pay after 25 years.

Statement on Commissioner Linn’s Response to CBC Letter on NYC Health Agreement With the Municipal Labor Committee

Jun 10, 2014

The CBC appreciates receiving Commissioner Linn’s response to CBC President Carol Kellermann’s letter of June 6, 2014 relating to potential savings from worker and retiree health insurance reforms under the recent agreement with the Municipal Labor Committee.

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