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Rent-controlled tenants say landlord tries to oust them with pesticides – New York Post

March 12th, 2017 by admin

Residents of an Upper West Side building say their landlords treat them like roaches and rats by trying to chase them from their apartments with pesticide.

Late at night, employees at Dexter House a single-room-occupancy building at 345 W. 86th St. just off Riverside Drive allegedly walk the buildings winding hallways spreading a poisonous mix of pesticide and deodorizer near the apartments of longtime rent-controlled tenants.

I believe they want to kill me. I have a bad breathing problem, nonagenarian Helen Ball complained last year to the state division of Homes and Community Renewal.

I strangle if I lie on my back, said Balls handwritten complaint. Its difficult to eat or drink … I always liked the management … I dont know why they now want to kill me.

Ball eventually moved.

Another tenant, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Post she caught a man spraying under her door at 2a.m. and suffered rashes and breathing problems presumably from the mystery chemicals.

I started to get weird odors, she said. I started to get severe headaches. I started to get nauseous.

After seeing several doctors, she found an ear, nose and throat specialist.

He said it was something I was inhaling, the woman said.

The tenants claims gained credence when a state Department of Environmental Conservation inspector found pesticides stored in the building during visits in September and November.

The inspector says Dexter House employees are not certified to use the chemicals and did not keep daily records of their use in violation of state law.

Legal Aid Society lawyers, who have seen landlords use all kinds of underhanded strategies to rid their buildings of tenants they dislike, are astonished by the allegations. Adan Soltren, who is trying to organize Dexter House tenants for a lawsuit, said if building residents claims are true, they are among the more sinister kinds of tactics Ive heard of.

For years Dexter House residents have accused lead landlord Jay Wartski of seeking to get rid of them so their rooms can be put to more lucrative use.

They live cheaply in one of the citys most desirable neighborhoods, on the Upper West Side near Riverside Park. A five-story single-family town house next door to Dexter House was put on the market in 2013 with an asking price of $50 million.

Julie Hanlon, a Dexter House tenant for 25 years who brought the pesticide allegations to officials, pays $308 per month in rent.

Wartski has a long history as a landlord feared by the citys poor. In the mid-1980s he reportedly spent 30 days at Rikers Island for refusing to repair hazardous conditions at an SRO he owned on Chambers Street in Tribeca.

Wartski, his brother, Allen, and his father, Jerry, were labeled by the Village Voice in 1984 as the citys most heartless SRO landlords. Tenant organizers accused Wartski of moving drug dealers and goons into one of the familys buildings, which included 25 rooms used by prostitutes.

Dexter Houses manager, Robert Goicochea, said the pesticides found by the state inspector were used to provide good service to tenants.

Whenever a tenant would ask to have his room sprayed, my super would go upstairs and spray in the room with any product he got in the hardware store, Goicochea said.

The state inspector found a spray can of Gentrol, a pesticide used to combat bedbugs and cockroaches, which under state law building workers may not use or possess. Gentrols active ingredient is a chemical called hydroprene. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, little is known about its effect on humans.

The inspector also found three other containers of pesticides advertised as capable of killing bedbugs. They were legal for the building to possess, but not legal for employees to use, a state official said.

Goicochea acknowledged the issues raised by the state inspector: He notified us we shouldnt be spraying. He said, OK, you guys have to go and get certified.

Wartskis lawyer, Jeffrey Seiden, said there is no validity to claims that building workers are trying to chase people from the building with pesticides.

There has been no attempt to evict anybody through the use of illegal chemicals, Seiden said.

But Hanlon says some tenants of the 16-story, 270-unit building stuff paper under their doors nightly to keep fumes from seeping in.

What they did to us is a horror show, she said.

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Banhart carves ‘Pink Marble’ with unique sounds – Boston Herald

March 12th, 2017 by admin

Many years ago, Devendra Banhart slept nightly on a mattress in a dumpster in New York City. It was during a bedbug scare, when his neighbors had thrown their beds away, and Banhart was a homeless teenage busker, finding busboy jobs to finish customers uneaten food. No shocker I didnt have a girlfriend! said Banhart, a singer-songwriter who has put out nine albums, from the cartoon-voiced, herky-jerky Oh Me Oh My to the soft and contemplative Ape in Pink Marble, over the past 15 years.

Im lucky it happened when I was relatively young. Its tough to do that the older you get, continued Banhart, 35, who plays at Royale tonight. I had a hunger, and I was going to jump off this diving board called art. Theres no turning back, so you just go, and thats how you get through things like living in a squat with no electricity.

Today, Banhart is making a fine living as a folk musician capable of great playfulness (like 2009s Baby and last years Jon Lends a Hand, which unashamedly steals its chords from Jonathan Richman of the Modern Lovers) and powerful sorrow (like 2007s Spanish-language Rosa and last years dirgelike Mourners Dance). He labors to find the perfect sound on Ape, he rented a traditional Japanese koto, which is almost impossible for inexperienced musicians, even guitarists, to tune quickly. And he jams together styles that dont quite seem to fit, juxtaposing low-key folk and rock n roll with Brazilian samba and bossa nova music and augmenting everything with the koto.

Its not an easy instrument to play, and its humbling, and we thought, Well just rent a koto, and the person renting it to us (said), Well, I could play on it. No, no, we got it, said Banhart, who lives in Los Angeles. We hadnt prepared for the amount of time it took to tune and transcribe everything had been written on the guitar, so to transcribe it and tune it for three people who didnt know how to play the koto at all was humbling.

The albums unifying feeling is a hard-to-place sadness, perhaps owing to Banharts personal tragedies in the past few years his biological father and four friends died while he and his band were writing and recording songs. But Banhart isnt sure about that theory.

Those things were never really explicitly addressed while making the record, he said. I get the sense that the next record might be more about the process of that.

Banharts music career began when he was 9, when one of his mothers dresses liberated him to portray an androgynous rock star around the house, singing into combs and brushes. His parents were divorced; his mother and stepfather had moved from Houston, his birthplace, to Caracas, Venezuela, where he grew up. They supported his music and art, but they werent always sure what to make of it.

Its kind of bemused, slight concern, but at the same time, theyre coming from a hippie place that was part of the ethos of their adolescence, Banhart said. They were happy, but I dont think they really thought there was a career, or saw how that could even be possible, given the first record (Oh Me Oh My) is me recording on this half-broken machine with this guitar.

Also a visual artist he would illustrate the covers of his albums and put out a 2015 book of drawings titled I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street Banhart earned a scholarship to San Francisco Art Institute as a young man. From there, he became a sort of vagabond artist and singer, living on the streets in Paris, Los Angeles and New York. When the influential indie label Young God put out Banharts debut in 2002, it began a wave of critical acclaim that supports his career to this day.

I ran off and did my own thing and came back, he said. It was the time before all music magazines were obsolete, so I could have a review in Spin or a little photo and bring it to (my parents).

By phone from a backstage area near a loud, whirring refrigerator, Banhart apologized repeatedly for a bad connection and talks about demo songs he wrote for an upcoming album something his label, Nonesuch, suggested could be a Spanish record. Then he started rehearsing and touring and began to think about a different direction. But hes less excited to talk about that than a more immediate goal after the interview, hes planning to make a pilgrimage to the site of last years Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

Were just going to show up, the way you would show up at any monument, any now-sacred place, any historical site, he said. Our intent is to remind people that event occurred and brought a lot of people, ultimately, together in a we-wont-forget kind of way. Its still such a shock. Thats why we wanted to play Orlando.

The offer was Miami. We said, Lets play Orlando so we can at least have that moment. I wish it had never happened, but we are celebrating the love of a community coming together.

Devendra Banhart, at Royale, tonight. Tickets: $35; axs.com.

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Shocking video reveals horrific bug infestation in top hotel – Daily Star

March 10th, 2017 by admin

A HORRIFIED couple had their romantic weekend destroyed when they lifted up their mattress to find thousands of disgusting bugs crawling inside.

The duo had gone away for the man’s birthday when they discovered a shocking creepy crawly crime scene in the bed they were sharing.

Stomach-churning video available above shows the man enter his room on the fifth floor, lift up the mattress and film the bed bugs within.

He tells the camera: “Look at this. An infestation where my girlfriend slept last night.”

Thousands of huge bugs the size of a smaller finger can then be seen crawling inside and over the mattress.

“This is no joke. This is Manhattan. I can’t believe it. This is the third room we’ve been in after two without heaters.

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This place is going to have a health inspection and I hope no one ever stays here again

“They’re everywhere on the bed.

“This place is going to have a health inspection and I hope no one ever stays here again.”

He then walks into the couple’s en suite bathroom where his girlfriends stands in a bra sporting horrific bites as a result of the bugs.

The man continues: “She has a rash all down her arms, her stomach, her lower stomach and places I shouldn’t even film.

“They’re all over her body from staying at Astor on the Park.”

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The video filmed at New York City’s Astor on the Park Hotel has racked up over 2.6 million hits and viewers are disgusted at what they saw.

One Reddit user wrote: “I’ve never actually seen bed bugs. This is atrocious.”

Another commented: “God. I’ll never stay in another hotel again.”

And a third added: “Gross, gross, gross. Gross.”

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention say that the best way to protect yourself from bed bugs is to always inspect the sheets and mattress before settling into your hotel room.

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Devendra Banhart happy to be reveling in music – The Herald-Times (subscription)

March 8th, 2017 by admin

Many years ago, Devendra Banhart slept nightly on a mattress in a dumpster in New York City. It was during a bedbug scare, when his neighbors had thrown their beds away, and Banhart was a homeless teenage busker, finding busboy jobs to finish customers uneaten food. No shocker I didnt have a girlfriend! says Banhart, a singer-songwriter who has put out nine albums, from the cartoon-voiced, herky-jerky Oh Me Oh My to the soft and contemplative Ape In Pink Marble, over the past 15 years.

Im lucky it happened when I was relatively young. Its tough to do that the older you get, continues Banhart, 35, by phone from an Orlando tour stop. I had a hunger, and I was going to jump off this diving board called art. Theres no turning back, so you just go, and thats how you get through things like living in a squat with no electricity.

Today, Banhart is making a fine living as a folk musician capable of great playfulness (like 2009s Baby and last years Jon Lends a Hand, which unashamedly steals its chords from Jonathan Richman of the Modern Lovers) and powerful sorrow (like 2007s Spanish-language Rosa and last years dirgelike Mourners Dance). He labors to find the perfect sound on Ape, he rented a traditional Japanese koto, which is almost impossible for inexperienced musicians, even guitarists, to tune quickly. And he jams together styles that dont quite seem to fit, juxtaposing low-key folk and rock n roll with Brazilian samba and bossa nova music and augmenting everything with the koto.

Its not an easy instrument to play, and its humbling, and we thought, Well just rent a koto, and the person renting it to us (said,) Well, I could play on it. No, no, we got it, says Banhart, who lives in Los Angeles. We hadnt prepared for the amount of time it took to tune and transcribe everything had been written on the guitar, so to transcribe it and tune it for three people who didnt know how to play the koto at all was humbling.

The albums unifying feeling is a hard-to-place sadness, perhaps owing to Banharts personal tragedies in the past few years his biological father and four friends died while he and his band were writing and recording songs. But Banhart isnt sure about that theory. Those things were never really explicitly addressed while making the record, he says. I get the sense that the next record might be more about the process of that.

Banharts music career began when he was 9, when one of his mothers dresses liberated him to portray an androgynous rock star around the house, singing into combs and brushes. His parents were divorced; his mother and stepfather had moved from Houston, his birthplace, to Caracas, Venezuela, where he grew up. They supported his music and art, but they werent always sure what to make of it.

Its kind of bemused, slight concern, but at the same time, theyre coming from a hippie place that was part of the ethos of their adolescence, Banhart says. They were happy, but I dont think they really thought there was a career, or saw how that could even be possible, given the first record (Oh Me Oh My ) is me recording on this half-broken machine with this guitar.

Also a visual artist he would illustrate the covers of his albums and put out a 2015 book of drawings titled I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street Banhart earned a scholarship to San Francisco Art Institute as a young man. From there, he became a sort of vagabond artist and singer, living on the streets in Paris, LA and New York. When the influential indie label Young God put out Banharts debut in 2002, it began a wave of critical acclaim that supports his career to this day.

I ran off and did my own thing and came back, he says. It was the time before all music magazines were obsolete, so I could have a review in Spin or a little photo and bring it to (my parents).

By phone from a backstage area near a loud, whirring refrigerator, Banhart apologizes repeatedly for a bad connection and talks about demo songs he wrote for an upcoming album something his label, Nonesuch, suggested could be a Spanish record. Then he started rehearsing and touring and began to think about a different direction. But hes less excited to talk about that than a more immediate goal after the interview, hes planning to make a pilgrimage to the site of last years Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

Were just going to show up, the way you would show up at any monument, any now-sacred place, any historical site, he says. Our intent is to remind people that event occurred and brought a lot of people, ultimately, together in a we-wont-forget kind of way. Its still such a shock. Thats why we wanted to play Orlando.

The offer was Miami, we said, Lets play Orlando so we can at least have that moment. I wish it had never happened, but we are celebrating the love of a community coming together.

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March 7th, 2017 by admin

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Problem of poverty has to be tackled in Govanhill – Glasgow Evening Times

March 7th, 2017 by admin

SOUTHSIDE Central contains what are two of the most notorious areas of the city the Gorbals and Govanhill.

The ward also contains Toryglen, which can be slightly overshadowed by the issues of the other communities within that areas boundaries.

With high levels of poverty, overcrowding and fly tipping, its easy to overlook the many positives – community spirit, excellent amenities, great transport links – that boost the area.

From the Citizens Theatre to Toryglen Regional Football Centre, the area is rich in sporting and artistic facilities.

Jim Monaghan is a community campaigner who works for Govanhill Community Baths Trust and has long lived in the ward.

He said: The best thing about Govanhill is the mix of people. Youve got the kind of hipster artists and working class people who have been in the area for decades and migrants who have just come here.

The diversity is not just in terms of race but also social cultures, which makes it a really interesting place to be a place that no matter what your community or culture is, whether ethnic or social, youll find someone like you.

On the other hand, Jim says poverty is a huge issue.

He said: What I like least is the poverty, which you see in the overcrowded housing. Because of the mix of housing here being low rent, poor quality and easy to get, people who struggle to get references or deposits gravitate here and so it becomes a cycle.

Poverty, lack of opportunity, poor housing everything is linked.

People will say the problem is the Roma or landlords but the issues are linked to the same thing: poverty.

To fix the problems in Govanhill, and the ward more widely, Jim believes a joined-up political approach is necessary.

He said: The ward needs housing. It needs people to be serious about it.

“People use the area as a political football most of the time.

They are happy to get their pictures taken if theres something good happening and go tub thumping with angry people if something bads happening. Theres no leadership.

When I was chair of the community council there was a very clear strategy for dealing with bed bugs, adapted from a strategy that had worked well in New York. It didnt happen.

We need a clear strategy of how to change things.

Looking to the future, Jim believes things can get better.

He said: I think they should make a priority of Govanhill and make it something that is famous.

They have the opportunity to make it a glowing example of what you can do – it has all the ingredients necessary.

Theres an opportunity to make it that 20 years from now people will say Look at that wonderful place.

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Bed Bugs – bedbugs.us.org

March 5th, 2017 by admin

You could experience a lot more significant signs if you are actually hypersensitive to a bedroom insects snack. The best typical signs and symptoms from an allergy to a bedroom pest punch consist of engorged punch symbols, very painful burning as well as puffinessing at the punch internet site, as well as in unusual scenarios, an anaphylactic reaction.

Indicators from insect attacks, bedroom insects, and also allergies could appear extremely comparable, though there are actually some unique distinctions. Here, you will certainly discover images to assist you discriminate.

That could be challenging to discriminate in between other type of insect as well as pest attacks, and also fungus breakouts, allergies, as well as poisonous substance maple as well as ivy.

Snacks may take place anywhere on the body system. The majority of often they develop on regions from skin layer that are actually subjected while resting, including the skin, lower legs, palms, as well as upper arms.

Considering that folks are going to possess numerous level of sensitivities to the bedroom pests snack, the measurements from the snack are going to differ. Attack responses from folks attack numerous opportunities are actually additionally adjustable, and also their feedback might be actually either a lot more or even much less rigorous as the variety from attacks boosts.

The attacks in these photos over are actually the outcome from a whole entire swarm from garden insects nourishing in one area as well as the bigger place from response the following time is actually very likely as a result of the higher focus from attacks in one little place that is actually certainly not the array from poison that prevails along with crawler attacks.

Unlike along with bedroom infection attacks, irritability nearly regularly starts at the opportunity from the punch.

The measurements from the snack depends upon the individual, the measurements from the insect, as well as duration of your time the insect little. The nibbles could obtain rather sizable. Unlike along with mattress infection attacks, irritability generally starts back then from the punch.

This set from bedroom insect bite images here present the quick (right) as well as following time (right) response after supplying a nest from vermins coming from a compartment in the laboratory. (That is actually why they are actually consisted of in a tiny round location). The hive-like prompt signs are actually substitute through dark reddish breakout kind response the observing time along with irritation and also much less intense inflammation emitting bent on a much larger place.

You will not really feel the pests attack you since they eliminate a small volume from anesthetic in to your body system just before they attack.

Bed pest attacks are actually usually extremely scratchy. You could experience a burning feeling on the skin layer a number of times after youve been actually attacked. Due to the fact that they secrete a small volume from anaesthesia in to your physical body just before they attack, you will not experience the insects attack you.

You cannot create a correct judgment from just what little bit you just through examining the snack. They look into numerous aspects to figure out the resource when physicians review a breakout.

Because folks will definitely possess several sensitiveness to the mattress insects snack, the measurements from the snack are going to differ. Yet another aspect that affects the measurements from a mattress insect response is actually the amount from opportunities an individual is actually attacked. Attack responses from individuals attack a lot of opportunities are actually likewise adjustable, and also their reaction could be actually either even more or even much less extreme as the amount from attacks boosts.

If the cushion as well as carton springtime are actually in extremely negative design or even greatly ravaged, they must be actually changed or even covered along with a Bed insect evidence bed mattress cover, or even a Bed insect bed covering. Plagued mattress pieces as well as garments must be actually cleaned and also dried out in a home clothes dryer on higher warm (the warm will definitely get rid of mattress pests), or even thrown away considering that these products may certainly not be actually managed along with pesticides. In actually negative problems, where the pests might be actually infesting individual things (crammed creatures, smooth playthings, coverings, manuals), you could require to have the products in a sky evidence can and also include water vapor bits to the container to get rid of the Bed insects on these products.

Gasoline devices made for immediate icy are actually unproductive as well as could spread out an invasion given that they just blast the insects out along with their higher atmospheric pressure.2.

Maintaining an uncluttered property totally free coming from mess assists to reduce the concealing mades readily available to mattress pests.

If the bed as well as container springtime are actually in extremely poor design or even highly ravaged, they ought to be actually switched out or even covered along with a Bedroom insect verification bed mattress cover, or even a Bedroom pest bed mattress covering. Ravaged bedroom slabs as well as garments need to be actually cleaned as well as dried out in a family clothes dryer on higher warmth (the warm are going to eliminate mattress pests), or even thrown away because these things may certainly not be actually managed along with pesticides. In definitely negative attacks, where the insects might be actually infesting private products (packed pets, smooth playthings, coverings, manuals), you could need to have to include the things in a sky evidence can as well as include water vapor bits to the can to deal with the Bed insects on these things.

A risky opportunity for the overview from the bug is actually coming back off a getaway or even coming from remaining at buddies or even family members which possess a problem the insects can easily ride back along with suitcases. The complying with actions lower the threat from importing bedroom insects.

If you stay in a multiple-unit house as well as property administration has actually inquired you to ready your device for vermin procedure, this generally features clearing storage space household furniture to create this simpler to check, coordinating your possessions as well as putting all of them in bags, cleaning all your outfits as well as bed linen, as well as removaling home furniture off of the wall structures. The insect management driver are going to generally offer you details guidelines to plan for an assessment or even procedure.

Decreasing openings as well as fractures and also utilizing metallics and also plastics as opposed to lumbers is actually additionally practical in lessening harborage.

Aiming to eliminate a bedroom pest problem through switching off heating system as well as leaving behind doors as well as home windows available is actually certainly not a helpful tactic as well as could really bring about architectural harm to a building. Leaving behind a space vacant for greater than a year may be successful for getting rid of bedroom insects as this denies all of them from food; they may, nevertheless, just shift to a neighboring residential or commercial property as well as profit later on.

Specialist bug command drivers may make use of a wide array from resources to manage vermins. These consist of fluid pesticide sprays, aerosol pesticide sprays, insecticidal dirts, diatomaceous the planet, pressurised co2 snowfall, as well as heavy steam and also heat energy therapies.

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Corruption probe at City College of New York points to decline of public higher education – World Socialist Web Site

March 4th, 2017 by admin

By Fred Mazelis 4 March 2107

A federal investigation into the former president of the City College of New York has expanded, according to a report last week in the New York Times .

Lisa Coico, the first graduate of the college to become its president, was forced to resign last October after reports suggesting possible misappropriation of funds, as well as an effort to cover up the irregularities with a memo that appeared to be fabricated.

Coico became president in 2010 and within a short time, there were allegations of improper activities in connection with the colleges non-profit fundraising arm, the 21st Century Foundation. The general counsel of the City University of New York (CUNY) ordered Coico to reimburse some $51,000 in expenses in such areas as housekeeping, food and furniture.

Last years probe of the relationship between the Foundation and Coicos finances has now expanded to include the City College Fund, a smaller non-profit fundraising organization that was founded in 1946. It provides scholarships and financial aid to students and also organizes alumni reunions.

CUNY, the largest urban university system in the US, consists of two dozen institutions and enrolls some 270,000 degree-seeking students and a similar number in continuing education programs. City College, with about 15,000 students, is the flagship and historic symbol of the entire system. The CUNY system reflects the diverse character of the working class in the city, with roughly equal percentages of black, white, Hispanic and Asian students.

CUNY, which traces its origins back to 1847, was tuition-free until 1976. Forty years ago, City College students would have been dumbfounded at charges of financial corruption like the ones that are being investigated today. At the time, a salary of $460,000 for the college president, what Coico was being paid when she abruptly resigned, would have been equally unbelievable.

City College, which has graduated ten future Nobel Prize winners, was for generations referred to as the Harvard of the proletariat. It was founded on the pledge of providing a quality higher education for the children of the working class, the immigrants and the poor.

Over the past four decades, however, annual tuition has risen to $6,300, not including several hundred dollars in other fees. This is modest only when compared to four-year private universities, where tuition plus room and board now can reach 8 or 10 times this figure.

For many CUNY students, tuition nonetheless creates serious obstacles. About 60 percent of the students come from families with annual incomes of $30,000 or less, near or below the poverty line. Tens of thousands of young people are prevented from entering CUNY, and others forced to drop out, because of tuition costs.

While tuition has been rising by about $300 annually, the system has been hit by relentless state budget cuts, especially since the 2008 financial crash, implemented over the past decade by Democratic Party governors.

Classes have increasingly been taught by poorly-paid adjunct faculty, whose numbers have increased by 23 percent in recent years while the number full-time faculty has remained flat. Unionized faculty and staff worked for more than six years without a contract, until a deal was imposed last fall that, while granting certain givebacks, left the employees pay increases barely even with inflation. The staff union, the Professional Staff Congress, claims to oppose the budget cuts but accepts them in practice, tying its membership to the Democrats.

The budget cuts reflect a national crisis, an integral part of the massive transfer of resources to the banks and super-rich at the expense of the wages and conditions of the working class, along with the public services on which they depend. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported last year that states have cut public higher education spending by 17 percent while tuition has increased by 33 percent since the financial crash. Tuition, which used to contribute 20 percent of the costs of the City University, now contributes 45 percent.

The declining conditions at CUNY, as well as at the even larger State University of New York system, must be seen in this context. Students have found themselves in crowded classes, with elective courses canceled, basic instructional materials absent and infrastructure crumbling. A news article in the New York Times last year reported on computers using floppy disks and other outdated technology, leaking ceilings, and public areas infested with bedbugs, roaches and other rodents.

While students struggle to get an education, President Coico was raking in a salary that placed her in or very near the top one percent of society. She also received a housing allowance of $90,000, more than three times the annual total income of most CUNY students families.

Outrage over this is understandable, but it is also necessary to go further, to its fundamental source. The CUNY crisis, including the signs of corruption, is about far more than one individual. It is the product of vast changes that have taken place in the system of public higher education and of higher education as a whole in recent decades.

Systems such as CUNY have not yet been privatized, but the virus of the profit system has thoroughly infiltrated them, just as it has in the supposedly non-profit fields of medicine, the arts and elsewhere. The profit interests of Wall Street dictate the ruthless budget cuts, and far more are on the way under the Trump administration.

As public funding dries up, schools have inevitably entered the competition for philanthropic dollars to make up for the cutbacks. The 21st Century Foundation, for instance, trumpeted the donation of $26 million by Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel Corporation, back in 2005. The big donations never make up for the cuts, however, and they tie these purportedly public institutions ever more tightly to the ruling elite and its interests. Philanthropic fundraising is also accompanied by the competition for faculty and for administrators who can in turn work to bring in more money.

Presiding over the decay of public higher education are the political representatives of Wall Street. These include the Democratic mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, who has remained largely silent on this crisis, even when the state government under Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened last year to cut $485 million from the citys university system.

De Blasio hypocritically campaigned in 2013 on the slogan of A tale of two cities. After more than three years of de Blasios administration, the phrase applies to New York more than ever before. While luxury residential towers proliferate endlessly, homelessness reaches new record levels, the transit system decays and the schools and other public services continue to lose ground.

Cuomo eventually relented on his threat to cut CUNY funds last year, and the state remains the biggest source for the $3.2 billion annual funding to the system. Even so, earlier budget cuts have not been restored, and the system remains more and more dependent on continuous tuition increases and outside funding.

Cuomo, responding to the growing anger which found a reflection in last years campaign of Bernie Sanders, and positioning himself for a possible left presidential campaign of his own in 2020, two months ago suddenly declared his support for free tuition for all students in the SUNY and CUNY systems.

Even if some such scheme makes its way through the New York State Legislature, it is bound to be accompanied by restrictions so severe that it barely makes a dent in the conditions facing students in the state and city university systems. Cuomos pledge, moreover, says nothing about the funding crisis for the state and city colleges. Free tuition for a substandard education is no advance at all.

The answer to the crisis cannot come from proven big business spokesmen like Cuomo and the rest of the Democratic Party. The defense of public higher education requires a new political strategy, breaking from both parties of big business and their union accomplices. Free and quality higher education can only be won as part of the fight for a socialism.

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Students return to D.C. elementary school after bed bugs, rat … – WJLA

March 2nd, 2017 by admin

WASHINGTON (ABC7)

It was back to class at their home school for hundreds of students at Savoy Elementary in Southeast Washington on Monday morning.

The school was closed for three weeks to get rid of rats and bed bugs that were plaguing the facility.

The problem started in the fall and persisted into the winter. Earlier this month the school was shut down and students were transferred to Ferebee Hope Elementary School for class. During that time the school was cleaned from top to bottom, a new front lobby floor was put in and all soft materials such as blankets and carpets were replaced. They also located and repaired vulnerable spots in the school where rats could get in.

One of the challenges that we face right now is that we want to make sure that our families, teachers and students feel comfortable, said Deputy Chief of School Eugene Pinkard.

Pinkard was on hand to welcome back students and parents and to give the media a tour of the cleaned up facility. Some parents were anxious to have their students return.

Mother Pauline Richardson told ABC7, I hope they got the bed bug situation under control. Hopefully this is a fresh start.

Both the Department of Health and Department of General Services inspected the facility and say it is safe for students and teachers to return.

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