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Self Storage NYC #self #storage #nyc,bill #de #blasio #manufacturing,bill #de #blasio,real #estate #and #politics,self

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The Real Deal New York

Self storage units and Mayor Bill de Blasio

The de Blasio administration is finally moving forward with a proposal it announced 18 months ago to seriously curtail the city’s emerging self-storage industry as part of City Hall’s plan to preserve middle-class jobs by regulating development in certain manufacturing zones.

City Hall this week introduced a land use application that would require new self-storage facilities to acquire special permits in certain parts of manufacturing districts in the outer boroughs, a move largely seen as tantamount to a ban on the business, which is acutely undersupplied in the five boroughs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio first brought the subject up in November 2015, when he laid out a 10-point plan to preserve manufacturing jobs in the city. (Another part of that proposal, a requirement for special permits for hotels that has the backing of the powerful hotel trades union. has not yet been introduced.)

As City Hall fine-tuned its proposal in March, planners considered alternatives such as allowing self-storage as parts of mixed-use developments with manufacturing uses. The alternative is not included in the city’s current application, but self-storage supporter are planning on pushing for its inclusion through the public review process.

“They’re now looking at how to create mixed-use developments that would include self-storage and manufacturing space,” said Michael Woloz, a lobbyist with the firm Connelly McLaughlin Woloz who is working on behalf of a Bronx-based self-storage company to push back against the proposal.

“There are things that they’ve looked at that could represent some compromise positions,” he added. “What’s old is that City Planning itself admitted that such a text amendment would increase rates for existing self-storage and impact the amount of self storage in [industrial business zones].”

Opponents of the self-storage industry argue that the businesses provide only a few, low-paying jobs and take up valuable real estate that could otherwise be used for manufacturing. Supporters take the position that self-storage has stepped in only after manufacturing jobs have left the city for various other reasons, and that many small businesses rely on self-storage as a low-cost warehousing option.

In recent months the New York Self Storage Association and chambers of commerce in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens have come out against de Blasio’s proposal. and opposition is brewing among members of the City Council.

The City Council delegation from the Bronx, where many self-storage businesses are located, has mixed views on the industry, but regardless all eight members of the delegation have asked City Hall to hit the pause button on its zoning amendment.

Along with Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. the delegation wrote a letter to the Department of City Planning last week saying they hadn’t been properly consulted when the city was drafting its proposal.

“To be clear, the Bronx Delegation is hardly a monolith on the subject of self-storage,” the letter read. “Some members of the delegation see self-storage as affordable warehousing for individuals and small businesses of minimal means. Others see it as a blight on waterfront properties and a competitor with manufacturing. Even though our views might vary from member to member, the delegation stands united in calling for a new beginning.”

For now, the political debate over self-storage seems to have shifted from manufacturing jobs to focus on the industry’s customers. Self-storage’s boosters say that facilities largely serve local residential residents without large homes and small businesses such as landscapers.

The political fight may boil down to who uses self-storage facilities. Supporters say that a large portion of self-storage customers are small businesses. But detractors are painting an image of Manhattan yuppies renting space in the boroughs to store skis and relief from their bulging closets.

In April, Diaz Jr. and Forest Hills Council Member Karen Koslowitz announced they planned to introduce legislation that would require self-storage facilities to report customers’ zip codes to the city in order to “provide a window into the universe of customers these facilities serve.”

Should de Blasio’s measure pass, it would squeeze new supply in an already extremely tight market. The New York metro area has 3.5 square feet of self-storage per person, compared to the nationwide average of 7.2 square feet, making it the most under-served market in the country, according to a report CBRE released last year.


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NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Weekend EF2 tornado rips through Tulsa

  • World Athletics Championships

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    NewsOK Videos: Editor’s Picks

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    Lyric Theatre’s “In The Heights” to begin its OKC run at Civic Center

    OU Football Media Day: Sooners lose a receiver

    OU Football Media Day: Baker Mayfield

    OSU Football Media Day: Mason Rudolph

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    ‘Disruption’: The end of retail as we know it?

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    Keith Bryant sworn in as new United States Fire Administrator

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    OKC Dodgers Update: 20th season weekend and Pack the Park Pink

    OU Update – First Practice 2017

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    Energy FC Weekly Update: Episode 14

    Conversation with U.S. Rep. Steve Russell

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    Criminal case against schools superintendent Joy Hofmeister dropped


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  • New York Governor Proposes – Free Tuition – For Public Universities #zero #hedge,zerohedge,finance,economics,markets,politics,analysis,bernie #sanders,free

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    New York Governor Proposes Free Tuition For Public Universities

    There is little doubt that easy access to federally subsidized student loans has contributed to the astronomical increase in the cost of attending college in the United States. After all, what 18 year old would turn down $200,000 in free money to party for 4 years? As an added bonus, when you figure out upon graduation that your degree in anthropology if fairly worthless, you can always just move back in with mom and force taxpayers to pick up your debt burden. Anything less would be a substantial “triggering” event and we just can’t have that.

    As we noted roughly a year ago, the amount of student debt outstanding is on track to reach nearly $17 trillion by 2030. which is clearly enough artificial demand to send the price of almost any commodity product soaring.

    Well, apparently New York’s Governor doesn’t think that misinformed government policies are doing nearly enough to drive up college tuition costs. As a result, he has decided to jump on the Bernie Sanders bandwagon with a new proposal that would provide free tuition at public state and city colleges to any student whose parents earn less than $125,000.

    As the New York Times notes, Cuomo’s plan could apply to as many as 1 million New York families though it was not “immediately clear how the program would be paid for”. which is just a minor detail anyway.

    Mr. Cuomo hopes for a quick start for his idea, with a three-year rollout beginning in the fall, though it will require legislative approval, a potential snag when the governor and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been at odds over a pay raise and other issues.

    It was not immediately clear how the program would be paid for. though the administration said the state already provided nearly $1 billion in support through its tuition assistance program; those awards are capped at $5,165, and many of the grants are smaller.

    If the plan is approved, the Cuomo administration estimates the program would allow nearly a million New York families with college-age children, or independent adults, to qualify.

    Current tuition at four-year State University of New York schools for state residents is $6,470; at two-year community colleges the cost is $4,350. Costs for City University of New York schools are approximately the same.

    Of course, “free tuition” isn’t really free and is estimated to cost New York taxpayers roughly $163mm by the time it’s fully implemented in 2019.

    Oh well, we guess this is just a simplification in the process. why go through the bother of underwriting student loans just to have taxpayers pick up the bill later anyway? With the governor’s plan, you just go straight to taxpayers for a handout upon enrollment. Moreover, taxpayers save on the interest costs associated the defaulted student loans so this is really a win for everyone.

    Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Draybin Deffercon III Jan 3, 2017 5:35 PM

    Those are not FACTS, they are a mishmash of ‘hopes’

    – Bitcoin is not illegal to own (I acknowledge)

    – Bitcoin does not need to be reported (I ‘semi acknowledge’ because they haven’t YET bothered with the pissant community of users)

    – There are no “Gains” to be reported with BITCOIN

    Capital Gains MUST be reported in most Federal Taxation Jurisdictions. Canadian Laws stipulate that 50% of capital gains, in most asset classes, save for a few ‘stipulated’ expemptions, such as real estate, are subject to taxation)

    Instead of trying to produce lame arguments with me. Why don’t you do the following:

    Why don’t you just write to your Canadian taxation legislation authorities and ASK them whether or not you’ve avoided paying capital gains taxes on your bitcoins.

    See what THEY have to say. After all, it’s pretty silly to argue with a ‘stupid moron’ like me.


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    Merkel: Europeans now have to fight for their own future #politics, #merkel: #europeans #now

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    While campaigning, Merkel says Europeans can’t ‘completely’ rely on US, others

    Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s spokesman, addressed the comments at a Monday news conference in Berlin.

    “The chancellor’s words stand on their own,” Seibert said. “They were clear and comprehensible.”

    Nevertheless, Seibert said Merkel remained “a deeply convinced trans-Atlanticist.”

    “Those who have accompanied Chancellor Merkel journalistically for a long time know how important the German-American relations are,” Seibert said. “They are a pillar for our foreign and security policy and Germany will continue to work on strengthening those relationships. Second point: Chancellor Merkel has said before that Europe has its fate in its own hands.”

    Wary meeting

    Trump failed to reassure European leaders about his commitment to combating Russian aggression with his remarks at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

    The speech, delivered last Thursday resurfaced questions about Trump’s position toward Russia and drew attention again to the federal investigation in Washington.

    In the address he pointedly instructed member nations to increase their defense spending.

    I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!

    NATO leaders chafed at Trump’s lecture, which did not acknowledge member states’ recent increases in military spending nor did it include a reaffirmed US commitment to the alliance’s mutual defense pledge, in light of Trump’s disparaging comments about the alliance during his campaign.

    Then at the G7 summit on Friday and Saturday, leaders including Merkel failed to convince Trump to commit to stay in the Paris climate deal.

    Trump tweeted from Sicily on Saturday that he would make a final decision next week, and the US took a separate stance on climate from the other nations in the official G7 communique.

    Stark contrast

    Merkel met with former US President Barack Obama in Berlin prior to the NATO summit on Thursday.

    Along with Obama, Merkel has been one of the most prominent voices from Western nations countering nationalist movements of the kind represented by the Brexit campaign and Trump’s policies.

    At the Sunday campaign event, Merkel said that Europeans would continue to work in friendship with the US, the UK and others wherever possible, including Russia, but stressed her view that Europeans must be self-reliant.

    “We need to know that we have to fight for our own future and destiny as Europeans,” Merkel said.

    She went on to express solidarity with the UK against terror, following a deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    If her party is successful in German elections this fall, Merkel would stand for a fourth term as chancellor. Merkel closed out her Munich speech drinking a mug of beer surrounded by supporters doing the same.

    CNN’s Sara Mazloumasaki and Nadine Schmidt contributed to this report.


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    Secret Service agents face investigation over conduct while protecting Trump grandchild #politics, #secret #service

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    Secret Service agents face investigation over conduct while protecting Trump grandchild

    (CNN) Two Secret Service agents are facing an internal investigation over their alleged conduct last week while they protected a grandchild of President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter tell CNN.

    The actions of the two agents, who are assigned to the protective detail for the children of Donald Trump Jr. are being reviewed by the internal affairs division of the Secret Service. The questions involve photographs the agents may have been taken of one of the children while being driven around New York on Sunday.

    The agents allegedly took a picture of a child sleeping in the Secret Service vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter. Neither of the boy’s parents, Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, were present at the time, but after learning about it, they voiced concern and raised questions with the agents’ supervisors.

    The two agents were questioned on Monday, CNN has learned, and the matter is being reviewed internally by the Secret Service.

    Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, cautioned against drawing any “conclusions that may grossly mischaracterize the matter.”

    “The U.S. Secret Service is aware of a matter involving two of our agents and one of our protectees,” Milhoan said in a statement to CNN. “Our Office of Professional Responsibility will always thoroughly review a matter to determine the facts and to ensure proper, long-standing protocols and procedures are followed.”

    Donald Trump Jr. the president’s oldest son, has five children, all of whom receive Secret Service protection, as do most of the family’s children and grandchildren.

    Trump Jr. did not respond to requests for comment.


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    A Himalayan ascent

    Making airline safety sexy

    A cool shirt

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    The dangers of tweeting in Dubai

    The real “Narcos”

    A spot of localist bother

    The Anthropocene

    Public transport in London

    Obituary: The Reverend Roly Bain

    Politics in Karachi

    Pack your golden parachute

    The postmodern bard of Mexico

    Not so bonny

    A horror confronted

    Robots in space

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    Screenin’ in the rain


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    Death of a dictator

    German politics

    Latest audio and video

    Personal transportation

    France’s identity politics

    The war on Syria’s doctors

    Mexico and its northern neighbour

    Brexit and immigration

    Brazil’s new president

    Fertility and demography

    Peace talks and violence in the Philippines

    Academic freedom

    Federal Reserve symposium

    Pollution in Asian cities

    Colombia’s peace accord

    Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    The 2016 games

    Housing in America

    Islamic education in Europe

    Data analytics

    African democracy

    Instability in Turkey

    From Aaban to Zyva

    What will we say to aliens on their “Arrival”?

    A Himalayan ascent

    Making airline safety sexy

    A cool shirt

    Donald Trump and the Catholics

    What is Africa’s “Great Green Wall”?

    The dangers of tweeting in Dubai

    The real “Narcos”

    A spot of localist bother

    The Anthropocene

    Public transport in London

    Obituary: The Reverend Roly Bain

    Politics in Karachi

    Pack your golden parachute

    The postmodern bard of Mexico

    Not so bonny

    A horror confronted

    Robots in space

    Belles of the ball game

    Screenin’ in the rain


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