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Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin appears in the following:

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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Real Estate Front and Center in Albany Session and Scandal

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

WNYC
With weeks left before Albany lawmakers consider two key real estate regulations, Mayor de Blasio calls for stronger protections for tenants, but is mum on tax abatement for developers.

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It's Not You: NYC Rents Rising Faster than Income

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

WNYC
Annual report from the NYU Furman Center confirms most New Yorkers rent, and the median cost of that space is rising faster than median income levels.

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Lower Fuel Prices Drove Down Cost to Landlords, Says City

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WNYC
The board that sets annual increases for roughly 1 million rent-stabilized apartments is out with its annual price index — and it's one of the lowest in 40 years.

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Get Your Gargoyle On at Tribeca Auction

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC
Thousands of historical artifacts from buildings in New York and other cities are up for grabs as a Tribeca showroom has to move to make way for more condos.

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95% Property Tax Break Paid for by You, Enjoyed by Billionaires

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WNYC
The blue, steel residential tower on 57th street has given a property tax break a bad name.

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Neighbors Tire of Checkpoint Charlie in Chinatown

Thursday, March 05, 2015

WNYC
For 14 years, a four-block section of Park Row near Chinatown has been closed to traffic. Residents say it's time to open up.

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De Blasio Says Lack of Affordable Housing Threatens 'Very Soul' of NYC

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
In his second State of the City address, the mayor proposed a plan for affordable housing that he said will take aim at the issue of inequality.

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Billionaire's Boondoggle or Essential Tax Credit? More Debate Over 421-A

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WNYC
Tenants rights rallied outside City Hall demanding an end to a controversial tax break for real estate developers. The City Council appears to agree.

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