News Clips

  • Politico - Upper West Side becomes latest school integration battleground

    June 29, 2016

    By Eliza Shapiro

    New York City education officials breathed a sigh of relief when a contentious rezoning proposal involving two downtown Brooklyn schools was approved in January after months of arguments between parents. But an equally intense potential rezoning fight on the Upper West Side shows that public pressure over the city’s school segregation isn’t going anywhere.

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  • The New York Times - Facing Increase, Rent-Controlled Tenants Complain of Being Singled Out

    December 31, 2015

    By Mireya Navarrod

    At a time when rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are enjoying a freeze in their rents, another group of regulated tenants — the dwindling minority in rent-controlled apartments — is facing an increase of up to 9.6 percent over the next two years.

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  • DAILY NEWS - Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal writes dozens of animal rights bills, wins gratitude of activists

    May 20, 2015

    By Glenn Blain

    If the state Legislature is indeed a zoo, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has a special place among the creatures.

    She has written laws giving judges the power to issue orders of protection to pets, limiting the testing of cosmetics on animals, and giving cities special powers to shut puppy mills.

    Last month, lawmakers approved one Rosenthal bill to outlaw the tattooing and piercing of pets, and another to ban fairs and circuses from allowing people to take photos with lions, tigers and other big cats.

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  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - N.Y. assemblywoman questions why tampons are excluded from the list of tax-free medical products

    May 20, 2015

    A New York state lawmaker says it makes no sense for the state to impose its sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products when medicines, bandages and condoms are tax-free.

    Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says her recently introduced legislation seeks to end what she calls “a regressive tax on women and their bodies.”


    Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, notes that 10 states currently impose no sales tax on the items.

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  • - Why We Must End Vacancy Decontrol to Save Rent-Regulated Housing

    May 04, 2015

    By Linda Rosenthal

    It’s a perfect storm. Soaring income inequality resulting from stagnating wages and skyrocketing costs of living have created a situation in which 30 percent of all New York City households are severely rent-burdened, meaning they are paying more than 50 percent of their income toward their rent.

    Those statistics are simply staggering.

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  • Politico - Ban on E-cigarettes takes effect today

    April 29, 2014

    By Dan Goldberg

    New Yorkers are no longer allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes in any place where smoking regular cigarettes is prohibited, including bars, restaurants, offices, parks and beaches.

    The amendment to the Smoke-Free Air Act, a 2002 law, takes effect today and means that electronic cigarettes are now treated the same as regular cigarettes.

    The bill was one of the last signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and was passed despite objections from some who claimed that electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking regular cigarettes.

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