Constituents have reached out to me throughout this pandemic about experiencing delays or difficulty getting their unemployment benefits from the Department of Unemployment Assistance. My office is often a last resort for people exhausted and frustrated with not being able to obtain the funds that will keep them afloat.
Only investment in new affordable housing, particularly social housing, can provide a long-term solution to our housing crisis, but a bill enabling municipalities to consider rent control and rent stabilization could provide short- and medium-term solutions. There’s a hearing on it Tuesday.
After years of effort, a campaign finance reform order has passed the City Council. The latest version of the law had been in the works for 14 months, and city councillor Dennis Carlone noted he’d been part of two earlier attempts that he said “died by pieces” since he joined the council in 2013.