City to Reopen NYCHA Voucher Waitlist for First Time in 15 Years

On May 20, 2024, Mayor Eric Adams announced that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will begin accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, which is the first time the waitlist has been open to new applications for almost 15 years. The voucher program is federally funded and administered by NYCHA for rental subsidies for low-come families to rent private housing. Households with a voucher can search for housing within a <Read More>

Council Approves Bill Requiring NYCHA PACT Program Transparency Report

On May 16, 2024, the City Council passed Int. 110-A, which requires the creation of a report about the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together Program (PACT). The PACT program allows the New York City Housing Authority to change its traditional Section 9 public housing funding to project-based Section 8 funding. The change allows NYCHA to access debt to finance renovation and repairs projects and requires NYCHA to transfer the daily management of buildings to private management <Read More>

City and State Continue to Combat Illegal Smoke Shops, Reform Cannabis Sales in New York

Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams made announcements furthering New York’s fight against illegal smoke shops and reforming cannabis sales. The legalization of cannabis has forced the city and state to navigate the development of a new economy with the implementation of strict regulations; the state rollout of licenses and process for siting new dispensaries have limited the number of legal dispensaries that have opened statewide. While the state continues to navigate <Read More>