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Mahfar Tenants Get 205K Settlement
Landlord promises safer construction, no harassment

April 4, 2016
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Inside a building on the Grand Concourse blocks from Yankee Stadium, Rico Moreno hears rats scratching at his rotting bathroom tiles when he tries to take a shower. Upstairs, Laura Bordas and her mother, Miguelina Fana, are forced to cook dinner on hot plates. The building’s stoves have not worked for weeks, ever since the laundry room in the basement caved in and authorities cut off the building’s gas line.

Read full article here. February 20, 2015

March 1, 2016
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Just past sunrise on 69th Street, near the No. 7 subway station in Jackson Heights, Queens, men in backpacks and work boots gather in groups, many on their cellphones.

They are workers at one of the largest day laborer stops in New York City, hoping to be hired. Most are undocumented immigrants who have reported being cheated by employers. In the fight against wage theft, their phones could soon become their biggest allies.

January 21, 2016
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While dozens of East Village residents have accused their new landlord of shady practices ever since he bought their buildings last year, they may be surprised to find out that he also has a criminal past.

Over 700 Attend Report Release on Future Bronx Development

Wins for Trafficked/Exploited Workers: CDP continues to fight exploitation of immigrants fraudulently lured to US

CDP has long partnered with workers’ rights organizations at the forefront of the struggle against labor trafficking and exploitation in New York. Currently, we support our community partners by helping members who have survived labor trafficking or exploitation to apply for immigration relief.

What: Bronx Coalition for A Community Vision Report Release
Where: Latino Pastoral Action Center, 14 W. 170th Street, Bronx, NY
When: October 21st, 7pm to 9pm

Please join the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center and the PBNYC Research Team for the webinar release of our new report: A People’s Budget: A Research and Evaluation Report on Participatory Budgeting in New York City. Cycle 4: Key Research Findings.

March 2, 2015
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For the second time in the last few years, battle-hardened tenants of an SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) property on the Lower East Side are taking legal action. Those dwelling in 113 Stanton Street filed a lawsuit against the controversial landlord in New York City Housing Court on February 19 for harassment and essentially fostering a dangerous living environment.