Cynthia Nixon unveils pro-tenant agenda
Cynthia Nixon, the actress who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in September, has announced a series of measures aimed at protecting renters, according to Curbed New York. Among the proposals in her “Rent Justice for All” program are ending the preferential rent loophole, by which landlords can offer an apartment for less than the legal regulated rent but can revoke this privilege whenever the lease is renewed; expanding rent stabilization statewide to buildings with six or more units, which is currently the law in New York City; and increasing funding to the state’s Homes and Community Renewal agency. “Half of our state residents are renters, and under Governor Cuomo, New York’s renters have been left behind,” Nixon said in a statement. As an actress, Nixon was best known for her role in HBO’s “Sex and the City.”
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New Incentive, Technology Lead to More Solar Panels Here
More and more rooftops in Brooklyn are supporting solar panels, thanks to tax incentives and new technology that makes installation easier on flat townhouse roofs, according to Brownstoner. In the past, solar systems wear geared to suburban-style pitched roofs. However, new “canopy” systems, where the panels are attached to a 9-foot-high aluminum frame, allow an entire flat roof to be covered with solar panels, according to the website. For example, Michael LaCombe installed solar panels on his Bensonhurst rowhouse in February. He paid $30,000, more than half of it borrowed through a New York state incentive program. His monthly bills have dropped from $120 a month to less than $20 in administrative costs, and he also plans to recoup about half the cost through state and federal rebates and tax credits. “We’re sort of crunchy people. We compost and all that stuff, so definitely being kind to our planet is part of our motivation,” LaCombe told Brownstoner.