Mayor de Blasio Host, Harlem Speaker Mark-Viverito And Others Attend Harlem Town Hall

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a town hall with East Harlem residents, represented by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in addition to Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat, State Senator Brian Benjamin, State Senator José M. Serrano and Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez. Continue Reading →

Rudy’s World: Big Belly Solar Panel Trash Compactor Launch In Harlem

By Rudy Collins

On July 22nd, 2017, State Sen. Brian Benjamin, Council member Bill Perkins, the NAACP, Barbara Askins, president of the 125th Street BID and others were on hand to present the new solar panel trash compactors to help clean up Harlem’s 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.

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‘SoHa’ Foe And New Harlem Lawmaker Got The Benjamins From Luxe Condo Firm

Newly elected state Sen. Brian Benjamin has raised hell about the rebranding of South Harlem as “SoHa,” calling it a shameless gentrification tactic. Continue Reading →

Real Estate Developer Keller Williams To Stop Calling South Harlem ‘SoHa’

This is the power of persistent community outrage. Keller Williams, the big New York City real-estate firm accused of rebranding South Harlem as “SoHa” (in the tradition of more affluent NYC neighborhoods like SoHo, Tribeca, DUMBO, etc.). Continue Reading →

Harlem Senator Brian Benjamin Introduces Bill To Stop ‘SoHa’ Rebranding

In one of his first orders of business in the New York State Senate, newly-elected Harlem Senator Brian Benjamin has introduced legislation to prevent the real estate industry and other actors from rebranding existing neighborhoods without residents’ permission. Continue Reading →

Harlem Residents Say So What Over Push To Rename The Area Soha

NY1 reports that of all the neighborhood names in America, few are as rich historically, socially, and culturally as Harlem. Continue Reading →

Harlem Special Election With A Brian Benjamin Win

Harlem’s game of political musical chairs comes to an end Tuesday. Voters elected Democrat Brian Benjamin to serve as the new State Senator for New York’s 30th District — which spans most of Central Harlem and parts of West Harlem, East Harlem, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights. Continue Reading →

Special Election Tuesday For State Senate Seat In Harlem

NY1 reports that a special election is being held Tuesday in Harlem to fill the state senate seat vacated by Bill Perkins. Continue Reading →

Harlem State Senate Candidate Reality Star Shows It’s About The Benjamins

State Senate Harlem candidate Brian Benjamin is a real-estate developer, community-board chairman — and a former reality-TV star accused of stealing everything from a computer to hair extensions from his cancer-stricken girlfriend. Continue Reading →

Harlem State Senator Candidate Is Exec At Company That Owns Problem Properties

Many tenants in Harlem who are lacking heat or hot water, living in decrepit conditions, or getting slapped with an eviction notice now know who to call: soon-to-be state Sen. Brian Benjamin. Continue Reading →

“Machine-Backed” Candidate Wins Battle Over Vacant Harlem Seat

The Observer reports that an arcane uptown contest marked with accusations and irregularities ended in a decisive victory for the New York County Democratic Party on Friday, March 11, 2017. Continue Reading →

Struggling Abyssinian Development Property Fire Sale Triggers Legal Tug-Of-War

The financially-strapped Harlem Abyssinian Development has unloaded 31 properties in a fire sale that has triggered a legal tug-of-war between the new owners. Continue Reading →

Harlem Candidates Accuse Democratic Machine Of Rigging Contest

The Observer reports that three outsider candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for a Harlem State Senate seat penned a letter lashing out at New York County Chairman Keith Wright, accusing the party boss of acts tantamount to “voter suppression” in his bid to install his favored contender in office, and threatening him with legal action. Continue Reading →