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Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.

Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace.  Janet has also worked as a producer and guest host on APM's The Story.  She's reported on many stories for various NPR programs.  Janet was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her reporting on merchant power plants

Her business reporting at WNYC earned Janet a Front Page award for specialized reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Janet Babin appears in the following:

The Luxury Tower, The Tax Break And Some Expensive Affordable Housing

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A new report finds the city could have built more than five times as many affordable apartments in the Bronx if it had given the money to the affordable housing developer.

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De Blasio Celebrates Record-Breaking Year for Affordable Housing

Monday, July 13, 2015

But the administration fell just short when it comes to how affordable the apartments are for very poor families.

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What Stricter Federal Housing Rules Will Mean for NYC

Thursday, July 09, 2015

New federal requirements will force the city to more aggressively report racial bias and get community buy-in on fostering integration.

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How NYC Can Reduce Emissions 80% by 2050

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blaiso is aiming to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050. But a working group's new plan may threaten affordable housing.

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For Profit Schools Respond to New Rules from Feds

Monday, July 06, 2015

The Obama Administration's new rules target for profit colleges whose students are burdened with too much debt.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Unveils Plans for Two Residential Buildings

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

One will be mostly affordable housing.  

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East Midtown Rezoning Plan Moves Forward

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The latest proposal would allow landmarked properties to make money off the unused space above them in exchange for more and denser commercial buildings in the area.

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Are Rent Laws Worth It?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rent regulations are expected to be renewed, but what would happen if they weren't?

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Landlords Call Political Rhetoric Against Them a Cheap Shot

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With rent laws expired, politicians are warning landlords against exploiting tenants. But buidling owners say lawmakers are stereotyping.

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The Albany Countdown

Monday, June 15, 2015

Albany's legislative session ends Wednesday, but rent laws and 421a expire today. A roundtable of reporters discusses what's still to come from Albany.

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Expiring Housing Laws Make for Odd Bedfellows

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The real estate lobby joins with affordable housing activists and the NAACP to fight for languishing rent stabilization and tax abatement laws in Albany.

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To Improve or Merely Save, Governor Takes Easier Path on NYC Housing

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WNYC
Goveror Cuomo gives up on key rent and tax abatement laws, and calls for an extension of current rules instead.

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2 World Trade Design Unveiled

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

WNYC
The Danish architect describes the tower as a stacked vertical village. 

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Real Estate Developers Battle the Clock as Deadline for Tax Break Nears

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

WNYC
The fate of a controversial tax break for real estate developers is uncertain, so developers are rushing to get projects started before it's too late.

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Mayor Defends Affordable Housing Tax Plan Proposal in Albany — and at Home

Monday, June 01, 2015

WNYC
Mayor de Blasio is taking heat for his 421-a tax abatement plan from Gov. Cuomo and from some members of the City Council.

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What The City Council Can Do to Fix Controversial 421a Tax Benefit

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WNYC
The City Council has some leeway and just might use it to amend the law so it helps more middle income families when it expires next month.

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So Much Steel and Glass, So Little Transparency

Monday, May 18, 2015

WNYC
Manhattan Community Board Five is calling for an immediate, temporary moratorium on buildings over 600 feet that are not undergoing public review.  

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City to Propose $1 Billion Neighborhood Development Fund

Monday, May 18, 2015

WNYC
The City hopes to stave off backlash against rezonings with $1 billion capital budget fund.

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Rezoning for Affordable Housing Could Have Opposite Effect

Friday, May 15, 2015

WNYC
Mayor de Blasio is planning to rezone East New York to allow for taller buildings and more density. That could put pressure on neighborhood schools, streets and subways.

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Mayor Unveils Changes to Developer Tax Cut, Calls for City Mansion Tax

Thursday, May 07, 2015

WNYC
Mayor's proposal would extend a controversial tax abatement, but demand more affordable apartments from developers.

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