new york city

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Melissa Mark-Viverito

Support HDFC Cooperative Ownership in NYC

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), is proposing a regulatory agreement for Housing Development Fund Corporations (HDFC's), a class of NYC Housing Cooperatives, that will effectively take away much of their autonomy. HDFC's are buildings that were abandoned by landlords, sustained by tenants and converted into cooperatives. There are more than 1,000 HDFC buildings and over 30,000 homeowners in NYC. The residents of these buildings have played a vital role in the stabilization and revitalization of neighborhoods throughout NYC. HPD has proposed a draconian plan to revoke an existing partial tax exemption, set sale price limits and impose other constraints on HDFC's. We urge the NYC Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYC Council Members to reject the proposed regulatory agreement and the premature sunset of the partial tax exemption. Please help stop this proposal which was created without shareholder input. We don't want to lose our autonomy, our equity or our affordability. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AGAINST THE HPD PROPOSAL!!! For more information, please go to the HDFC Coalition website:  Please consider joining the HDFC Coalition.  Joining is free for you and your fellow HDFC shareholders, and allows us to send you updates on the latest developments including meetings in your area. you can do so simply by signing up on our website or simply send an email to OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR NUMBERS.

April Tyler
609 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio

Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave

New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy.   Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first.  When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers.  For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for.      *                         *                                 *                           *                       * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers

Emily James
1,788 supporters