Rent Wars Summer Show Supplement

August

The following show segments were featured in the August edition ( see June and July below) of Rent Wars News:

(Please feel free to comment on our segments at the Rent Wars Online Forum.)

Candidate Interviews

Fernando "Freddy" Ferrer
Candidate for Mayor of New York City


Freddy Ferrer shares his insights into the housing crisis and the role of the mayor in easing it, including
his innovative economic viewpoints. He discusses the importance of affordable stable housing to the overall
economy of the city, "a community creates a market, a market creates a marketplace". Ferrer voices his
support for creative community responses to the housing crisis such as the "No Displacement Zones"
designated in Park Slope by the 5th Avenue Committee. He also discusses stopping the use of city money to
fund displacement, his housing production ideas, his plan to revitalize and protect the city's remaining
Mitchell-Lama housing, and much, much more.

Rent Wars supports Ferrer's candidacy for Mayor as the only mayoral candidate that has a clear
understanding of, and empathy for the victims of, wholesale displacement. He is also the only mayoral
candidate with an unbroken record of respect for the community based media. Only a candidate who
communicates with the community can effectively represent the community. More information about our
support will be included in the upcoming Election Special and Supplement.
Click here to listen to the entire interview online.

 

Marty Markowitz
Candidate for Brooklyn Borough President


Marty Markowitz, current State Senator, talks to host Lora Chio about housing issues facing Brooklyn,
including his extensive career as a tenant organizer and advocate, his 27 years of experience as an elected
State Senator (known as "Mr. Tenant" in Albany), and his personal history as a child who grew up in public
and rent controlled housing. He also discusses the changing face of the housing crisis, the need for
preservation and help to keep moderate and low-income families from being displaced, and his priority, if elected, to protect the housing for Brooklyn residents, rather than to focus on building housing to attract the wealthy from other boroughs, and much, much more.
Click here to listen to the entire interview online.
(Ronin analysis of the Brooklyn Borough President's race online shortly)

 

Alan Gerson
Candidate for City Council District 1

Guest host Stella Winston discusses candidate Alan Gerson's history and record as a tenant advocate,
as well as his ideas for making an impact on the housing crisis.
Click here to listen to the entire interview online.

 

David Yassky
Candidate for City Council District 33

Lora interviews candidate David Yassky about his perceptions, ideas, and priorities.
Candidate Yassky eagerly accepts the debate challenge issued by his opponent David Reiss
on July's Rent Wars News
Listen and be amazed as candidate Yassky enthusiastically lies about participating in the RWN debates.
Traditionally, politicians wait until they're elected to break campaign promises!

Click here to listen to the guy lying with gusto online.
Click here to read more details about the debate and Yassky's ducking it
and our support of his opponent David Reiss.

 

July

The following show segments were featured in the July edition (see June below) of Rent Wars News:
(please feel free to comment on our segments at the Rent Wars Online Forum.)

Candidate Interviews

Ken Fisher
Candidate for Brooklyn Borough President


Host Laura Chio discusses Ken Fisher's housing record, observations,
and plans to ease the housing crunch if he becomes the Brooklyn Beep.
Click here to listen to the entire interview online.
(Ronin analysis of the Brooklyn Borough President's race online shortly)

 

David Reiss
Candidate for City Council District 33

Lora discusses candidate David Reiss' ideas to address the housing shortage by conceptualizing
housing as infrastructure. Reiss issues an on-air debate challenge to his opponents for them
to face him on the Rent Wars Forums. Due to time limitations caused by the expanded RGB hearing
coverage, Mr. Reiss did a second, longer interview for Rent Wars News that is available online.
Click here to listen to the entire interview online.
Click here to read his answers to the debate questions and RWN's support announcement.

 

RGB Hearing (expanded coverage)

Adam Burkett reenters the bizarro world of the RGB (Rent Guidelines Board) to bring
us the on-the-spot interviews, details, and impressions that can help the RGB's
bizarre path to rent increases make sense.
click here for RGB coverage
click here for "coverage of the coverage"

News Briefs

The NYC Sewer Gator Menace
Sewer gators pose a danger to children, sewer workers, as well as web surfers.
(A Rent Wars exclusive following the Newsday story)

RGB Castellano Hippocracy
The Voice reports RGB owner member's strange request for financial privacy.

Segregation NYC Style
The NY Times reports that NYC is the most segregated city in the USA, despite being a melting pot...

Gentrification
The Voice's J.A. Lobbia breaks out of editorial prison to expose a Slumlord at work.

Rent Listing Scams
The NY Post reports on a scam selling lists of non-existent, affordable available apartments.
click here for second story

Illegal Conversions
Newsday reports on illegal conversions.

Rent Increases
The Time's Bruce Lambert gives the best print report in business on the RGB meeting.
click here for "coverage of the coverage"

Welfare's End
The federal deadline descends on the City's poorest.

Repair Rights Seminar
The Time's Jay Romano discusses the HP Action training held at the Legal Aid Society.


June

The following show segments were featured in the June edition of Rent Wars News:
(please feel free to comment on our segments at the Rent Wars Online Forum.)

Candidate Interview

Kwong Hui
Candidate for City Council District 1

Guest Host Dave Powell interviews City Council Candidate Kwong Hui.
They discuss a host of housing related issues and Kwong's ideas to radically improve the City Council's internal workings.
Click here to listen to the entire interview online.

 

Guest Editorial

Dave Powell, of the Met Council and the Gassed Tenants Association, on the importance of tenant participation in the RGB meetings.
Click here to listen to his full presentation.

 


RGB Report
by Adam Burkett

Read Adam's colorful and unorthodox take on the RGB hearings and the antics of "Rudy's Men". With all the details we didn't have time to air.

 

News Briefs

The Rotten Roommate Ruling
The NY Time's Bruce Lambert reports on yet another bizarre Housing Court Ruling.

Dueling in DUMBO
This is for those who thought that Ronin's equation of Slumlord's with sewage was exaggerated:
The Daily New's Elizabeth Hays reports that foul odors and rotting waste are the latest weapons unleashed by a Slumlord in the DUMBO Debacle.

Manhattan Plaza Tenant's Victory
The Tenants of Manhattan Plaza win a reprieve when the landlord continues with the Section 8 program.

 

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