The Economy

The Brooklyn Bureau provides in-depth stories on the economy, workforce development, industries and small business, philanthropy, and a special focus on growing poverty and inequality.

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Report Sees Widespread Mold After Sandy


Six months have passed since Hurricane Sandy struck the shores of New York, and as a recent report put out by several Sandy advocacy groups shows, many residents are now faced with mold problems.

According to “Sandy’s Mold Legacy: The Unmet Need Six Months After the Storm,” thousands of homes have developed mold since Hurricane Sandy. The report was put out by the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding along with several other organizations including ALIGN, Community Voices Heard, Faith in New York, Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change and VOCAL-NY. The report included a survey of residents affected by mold and analysis of the Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Program, which set out to deal with the growing mold problem. Members from Faith in New York, Make the Road NY and New York Communities for Change conducted a survey of almost 700 households in the Rockaways and Staten Island. According to the report, at the time of the survey, 420 of the 690 households surveyed reported visible mold. Continue Reading →

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Call for More Regulation of New York City Co-ops


A group of shareholders from the Nostrand Gardens Cooperative in Sheepshead Bay were unhappy with the way their building was being run. So, according to one resident, they collected signatures from 63 percent of the building's shareholders requesting that the coop board step down and a new election be held. The board initially responded by holding a meeting 22 blocks from the building. With the help of a local politician, the shareholders were able to get the board to move the meeting to a more convenient location, but then the board began disputing the legitimacy of the signatures the shareholders had collected, submitting 14 affidavits from shareholders saying they did not know what they were signing. These affidavits were signed by a local notary, Dmitry Rubalsky. Continue Reading →

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Deadline Nears For Superstorm Victims

By: Jarrett Murphy

Federal disaster aid centers set up after Sandy will close next week. The centers are where applicants can check on the status of their aid request, get information about disaster loans and seek referrals to other agencies for other help. The Brooklyn site is at the parking lot for MCU stadium at 1904 Surf Avenue and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There are sites at Breezy Point and Arverne in Queens and on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island. According to the latest data released by FEMA, some 23,000 property owners and 29,000 renters in Brooklyn registered for federal aid. Continue Reading →

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Decisions New York’s Next Mayor Will Face on Public Housing

By: Batya Ungar-Sargon

At a public-housing complex in Brooklyn, a state judge's ruling last month blocking the mayor's big-soda ban doesn't cause much upset. "Bloomberg is for people who got money," says Gretchen Jordan, a 50-year-old resident of the New York City Housing Authority's Carey Gardens development in Coney Island. "Your sugar intake is the least important issue. That's between you and your doctor." Jordan has lived in Carey Gardens for over 20 years, and says that she's looking for two things in the next mayor: someone who will create jobs, and someone who will do something about the difficulty of getting repairs done in NYCHA developments. Continue Reading →

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