New analysis from Councilmembers Brad Lander and Vanessa Gibson, in partnership with the New York Housing Conference, shows that proposed cuts to New York City’s capital investment program would cause more economic harm than relief, saving almost no money in the near term, while costing New York City more than 20,000 units of affordable housing and as many as 15,000 jobs, just as the City begins to face the economic crisis produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the most anxious time for our city and country that I can remember. In New York City and lots of other places, too many police officers are escalating conflict.
This week, we saw two shocking manifestations of racism and violence, the corrupt underbelly of our country’s history and its present.
Councilmember Brad Lander and Assemblymember Robert Carroll, in partnership with the Hebrew Free Loan Society and The Change Reaction, will offer 0%-interest loans to small business owners and independent contractors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
BROOKLYN, NY — Two local elected officials are teaming up with local philanthropists to make 0%-interest loans available to Brooklyn small business owners and independent contractors affected by the economic shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essential workers in transportation, sanitation, and personal service industries joined NYC Council Members Brad Lander, Ben Kallos and Laurie Cumbo and advocates for a virtual press conference in support of a proposed legislative package that would set a national precedent on rights for many workers who have long been underpaid and underprotected.
Legislative package to protect essential workers includes paid sick leave for gig-workers, whistleblower protections and general protections against unfair firing, and premium pay
NEW YORK — Council Member Brad Lander today joined in the announcement of NYC’s Essential Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation to provide essential workers with rights and protections as they work to keep New Yorkers fed, moving, supplied, and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Every night, New Yorkers are cheering wildly to thank the people who are stocking shelves in our grocery stores, delivering food and supplies, driving people to work and appointments, and caring for sick New Yorkers in our hospitals and nursing homes.
Climate justice advocates rallied in support of a resolution sponsored by Council Member Lander and eleven other council members calling on NYC to encourage banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies to stop fueling global warming
Bill will provide “just cause” and whistleblower protections for health care workers who raise concerns about health & safety conditions in their institutions.
Applying for Unemployment Insurance as a Freelancer
Freelancers, independent contractors, and self-employed people are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) passed in the federal stimulus package. From January 27, 2020 to December 30, 2020, individuals who are not otherwise eligible for benefits and are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of the COVID-19 public health emergency may be eligible for PUA.
Freelancers, artists, gig-workers, and other independent contractors lack many basic worker protections and access to a robust social safety net, leaving them particularly vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Though not an exhaustive list, below is some information and resources aimed to help NYC-based freelancers and artists navigate these uncertain times.