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Affordable Housing and Renters' Rights on the Next "Represent NYC"

Program Guide, Programming Highlights By Linda Romano

Did you know that 80 percent of poor renters in rent-regulated apartments pay rent that is more than 50 percent of their income, up from 64 percent in 2005?* Statistics like these illustrate the pressing need to address the issues surrounding affordable housing and renters' rights. In the August 3 episode of "Represent NYC," State Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal from the 67th District and Katie Goldstein, Executive Director of advocacy organization Tenants and Neighbors discuss what's being done to address these issues today and what to expect in the coming years.

As part of its mission, Tenants and Neighbors believes that "that low and moderate income people should not have to live on the verge of displacement and to have to defend constantly their right to be part of this city." Through their work, they aim to make NYC "a place where people from all walks of life can put down roots and build strong, stable, dynamic communities."

In her seven-year tenure on the NYS Assembly, Rosenthal, whose District includes parts of ...

This Week on "Represent NYC": NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried on Medical Marijuana

News and Views, Program Guide, Programming Highlights By Linda Romano

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill approving the medical use of marijuana into law on July 5, it represented the culmination of years of advocacy and work by an array of individuals and groups, including NYS Assembly Member and Chair of the Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried, who has been advocating for the legal use of medical marijuana for over a decade. New York is the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana.

On the July 27 episode of "Represent NYC," Gottfried, the longest-serving NYS Assembly member who represents Chelsea and other parts of midtown, is joined by Gabriel Sayegh, New York State Director of Drug Policy Alliance, a national advocacy group. Gottfried and Sayegh share their unique perspectives on reasons why the bill was finally passed and provide a compelling history of the medical marijuana movement in the state. They discuss why New York's bill has more strict parameters than other states' bills, and also explore the implications of the legislation, in the state and nationally. 

Gottfried's episode of "Represent NYC" will air on Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 pm on MNN1 (TWC 34, RCN 82, FiOS 33) and...

Clip of the Quarter: “Your City, Your Issues”

News and Views, Program Guide, Programming Highlights, Race2Represent By Lee Walker Helland

It’s been an exciting few months at MNN, as we offered unprecedented hyperlocal coverage of this fall’s elections for mayor, comptroller, borough president and City Council. Our new voter initiative, Race2Represent, gave local candidates the opportunity to communicate their views and credentials to Manhattan residents via an unbiased, independent multimedia platform. And hundreds of thousands of voters turned to Race2Represent’s coverage for the information they needed to make an educated decision at the polls—tools they couldn’t find anywhere else.

For Clip of the Quarter, we bring you “Your City, Your Issues,” a Race2Represent special hosted by Ben Max, founder of DecideNYC.com, a new website providing voters in the five boroughs comprehensive information on local contests and candidates.

In “Your City, Your Issues,” Max leads panelists Azi Paybarah, Senior Writer at...