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Andrew Yang’s opponents on the left have another line of attack against the New York City mayoral candidate: Yang against street vendors. He tweeted on Sunday, “You know what I hear over and over again – that NYC is not enforcing rules against unlicensed street vendors.” The NYC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America responded in a tweet saying, “No one is saying this but you. We don’t need more cops arresting street vendors,” and others on the left piled on. Food trucks and carts are primary sources of income for immigrants in the city. Providing more permits to halal carts, hot dog stands and churro vendors has been a long political battle. The following day, Yang apologized saying, “I love street vendors as many New Yorkers do. And I’m supportive of the measures to try and increase the number of licenses.” POLITICO New York
In other local immigration news…
What Mayoral Candidates Say They’ll Do for Immigrant New Yorkers
📍 Documented Original (Co-published with City & State.)New York City’s foreign-born residents make up 37 percent, or a little more than 3.1 million, of the city’s total population. Immigrants have contributed $232 billion to the city’s GDP and account for 45 percent of its workforce, as of 2018. Still, many inequities immigrant New Yorkers experience, which go beyond immigration issues, remain unaddressed. Documented and City & State reviewed policy proposals and went more into detail of what the top mayoral candidates — Eric Adams, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Shaun Donovan, Ray McGuir and Kathryn Garcia — have and have not proposed for immigration in the city. Read more at Documented.
Housing Advocates Disappointed with Final NYS Budget Package
Even though a multi-billion dollar program for rent relief announced with New York state’s $212 billion 2021-22 budget package, it will include less funds for the New York City Housing Authority and homelessness prevention. But housing advocacy groups and elected officials are disappointed because a permanent initiative for homeless individuals, proposed by State Sen. Brian Kavanagh, wasn’t included in the final budget. Kavanagh’s $200 million Housing Access Voucher Program would’ve worked similarly to the Section 8 program. Lawmakers also didn’t include $100 million for the Permanent Housing for Homeless New Yorkers fund, which would’ve been a new rental supplement program for homeless households or those facing eviction. Undocumented immigrants could’ve applied for both programs. City Limits