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State Senate pushing blanket eviction moratorium: sources

May 12, 2021

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first_imgAndrea Stewart-Cousins (Getty)UPDATED, Dec. 15 2020, 4:38 p.m.: The New York state legislature is a house divided when it comes to extending protections against eviction.The state Senate is pushing a blanket moratorium on all residential evictions for an indefinite period, according to sources, but the state Assembly opposes the measure.The move to block all residential evictions would be a departure from the legislature’s approach in recent months. Lawmakers have ceded control to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has preferred to extend existing legislation.The law governing residential evictions, the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, allows property owners to seek money judgments, rather than evictions, for non-payment cases. The protections the law grants expire in two weeks. But the spike in coronavirus cases across the state has pushed the Senate, which secured a Democratic supermajority in November’s election, to consider taking things much further.“It’s important we put a blanket moratorium in place that prevents all residential evictions,” said state Sen. Brian Kavanagh. “At a time when we’re curtailing so many activities, we certainly shouldn’t be letting eviction marshals come to people’s homes and forcibly remove them.”Read moreLawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stallsLawmakers skip cancel rent in favor of more modest billsLandlords jarred by sudden drop in rent collection Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsEvictionsReal Estate and PoliticsResidential Real Estate Message*center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink According to sources involved in the negotiations, the senate is prepared to pass a universal eviction moratorium, the details of which are starting to come into focus. Two concrete options are bills which were proposed last summer, but have since stalled. One, sponsored by state Sen. Zellnor Myrie, would stop all evictions for one year after the end of the state’s declared emergency. Another would stop them for a shorter period.“A real eviction moratorium is necessary, especially as we approach alarmingly increasing numbers of Covid cases across the state,” said Myrie. “With 300,000 deaths and counting due to Covid-19, it’s abundantly clear that evictions harm the tenant, harm the public and don’t bring a single penny to property owners who need the relief.”Sources say the Senate has the votes to pass a measure — although it may not yet be written — and intends to do so by Jan. 1. The state Assembly, however, would prefer to extend and codify existing legislation limiting evictions for non-payment, which Cuomo extended until Jan. 31.Kerri Biché, a spokesperson for Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, said, “This is false. From our conversations, the Assembly and the Senate are in the same place on how to handle evictions.”Yesterday, in statements to reporters, Heastie raised the possibility of doing an extraordinary session before January, to address “hot button issues,” including revenue and an eviction moratorium.Separately, the Assembly is reportedly focused on a plan to raise revenue, despite Cuomo’s preference to wait for federal aid before imposing new taxes to fix the state’s yawning budget shortfall.The senate’s push for a universal moratorium on evictions, rather than a targeted program, has rankled property owners. Such a blanket measure, they argue, could give tenants who might otherwise pay rent the ability to skip it without facing consequences.“Any eviction is not good — we don’t want people homeless,” said Jay Martin, executive director of Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents property owners in New York City. Martin said that landlords prefer an approach which would prioritize protections for those who are “truly on the verge of homelessness.”Observers say it is likely the state legislature will reach an agreement by this Friday, Dec. 18, because legislation must be printed for several days before coming up for a vote.Waiting to pass a bill until after this week would give Cuomo the option to veto it automatically by letting the legislative session draw to a close before signing it.UPDATE: This story was updated to add a comment from Assembly speaker Carl Heastie’s spokesperson. Contact Georgia Kromrei Email Address*last_img read more


Sorry, boss: 72% of workers don’t want to return to offices full-time

May 12, 2021

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first_imgThough landlords aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to their offices, employees are, according to a new survey by JLL. (Getty)Office landlords may be ready to get their buildings filled with workers again, but employees aren’t exactly clamoring to go back, according to a new survey by JLL.Of the 2,000 workers surveyed by the commercial brokerage, 72 percent said they would prefer to work from home more regularly, with two or three days spent in the office, the Commercial Observer reported. Meanwhile, 66 percent want to move to a hybrid model that includes working in offices, at home and at spaces like a coworking facility or coffee shop.“The pandemic has been a very interesting accelerant to accelerate a number of workplace and technology changes that were already underway,” Peter Miscovich, managing director of strategy and innovation at JLL, told the publication.Read moreOffice unease: Tenants are paying up but staying awayYelp employees may work remotely foreverKnotel files for bankruptcy, set to be bought by Newmark Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Full Name* Email Address* Commercial Real EstateCoworkingWork From Home Tags Although companies have been struggling financially amid the pandemic — Knotel filed for bankruptcy in February, among other high-profile meltdowns — they may be the future of work. The survey found that 40 percent of workers would like to be able to work from such spaces in the future.(JLL’s competitor, Newmark, is set to acquire Knotel, while CBRE recently took a 35 percent stake in flex-office provider Industrious.)And while companies from Salesforce to JP Morgan to Yelp have announced remote work plans in recent weeks, one size does not fit all, according to Miscovich.“We’re seeing a diversity of strategy across various regions and geographies,” Miscovich told the Observer.[CO] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Joneslast_img read more


Here’s what tenants are paying at One Park Ave

May 12, 2021

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first_imgVornado’s Steven Roth and One Park Avenue (Getty, Vornado)Since first taking up 83,000 square feet at One Park Avenue in 1999, NYU Langone Medical Center has expanded its office space at the property more than 10 times.The medical center most recently increased its footprint last fall, bringing the total to 633,000 square feet in one of Manhattan’s largest office leases of 2020, according to Colliers International. Located four blocks west of Langone’s main medical campus on First Avenue in Midtown South, the building is one of the hospital’s key administrative addresses.Canada Pension Plan Investment Board acquired a 45 percent stake in the 20-story mixed-use property in 2014, while Vornado Realty Trust owns the rest. The landlords have since spent more than $64 million on capital improvements including lobby and elevator upgrades.In February, Vornado and CPPIB refinanced the building with a $525 million single-asset CMBS loan from Deutsche Bank and Barclays. Documents associated with the securitization provide an inside look at the property’s finances.As of February, the 943,000-square-foot property was 98 percent leased to 22 tenants, with a weighted average remaining lease term of more than 20 years. This figure is boosted by NYU Langone’s lease, which extends through 2050 and accounts for 67 percent of the building’s rentable area.In addition to 595,000 square feet of office space, NYU Langone leases 21,000 square feet of retail space and 17,000 square feet of storage space. One Park Avenue has 96,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of storage space in total.The second largest tenant at the property is Robert A.M. Stern Architects, whose headquarters are on the 16th and 17th floors. The firm is known for designing many of New York’s major luxury condo projects, including Vornado’s 220 Central Park South.Read moreVornado to get $525M to refi One Park AvenueArchitect Robert A.M. Stern taking 62K sf at One Park Avenue Message* The third-largest tenant is Related Companies-owned Equinox, which has a 37,000-square-foot health club and 28,000 square feet in office space at the property.Due to the impact of the pandemic, Equinox was granted a rent reduction and deferral for July to September last year, to be paid back over 21 months — and was seeking additional rent relief as of February, according to the loan prospectus. Overall, rent collections at the building stood at 96 percent at the end of 2020.One Park Avenue has a peculiar condominium structure which allows NYU Langone to benefit from property tax exemptions due to its non-profit status. The building is divided into two condominium units, one of which is fully leased to NYU. NYU’s leasehold interest, in turn, is subdivided into condominium units which the city’s Department of Finance treats as property owned by NYU.Contact Kevin Sun Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Office LeasingTRD InsightsVornado Realty Trustlast_img read more


Growth rings in Cretacous and Tertiary wood from Antarctica and their palaeoclimatic implications

May 9, 2021

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first_imgAlthough the Antarctic Peninsula now has a glacial climate, during the Cretaceous and early Tertiary it was sufficiently warm for forests to thrive, even at palaeolatitudes of 59°-62° S. The forests grew on an emergent volcanic arc and the wood was subsequently buried in fluvial and basinal sediments on the margins of the back-arc basin. The forests were composed mainly of podocarp and araucarian conifers. By the late Cretaceous, angiosperm trees were also present, particularly Nothofagus, forming the characteristic forest association of the southern hemisphere today. The growth rings in the fossil wood are wide and extremely uniform, indicating that the environment was very favourable for tree growth. By comparison with living forest trees with similar growth characteristics, a warm to cool-temperate climate is proposed for the Antarctic Peninsula in the Cretaceous and early Tertiary. Features of fossil floral assemblages and sedimentary rocks are also indicative of this type of climate. An increase in the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide is considered the most likely cause of the warm polar climate at this stage.last_img read more


Satellite Experiments Simultaneous with Antarctic Measurements (SESAME)

May 9, 2021

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first_imgSatellite Experiments Simultaneous with Antarctic Measurements (SESAME) is one of the four ground-based programmes within the NASA/ISAS Global Geospace Science (GGS) mission, itself part of the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) programme. The scientific objectives of SESAME are carefully selected to make an invaluable contribution to the GGS mission by capitalising on the unique geophysical advantages of Antarctica for geospace research. These arise mainly from the large displacement of the geographic and geomagnetic poles. Specifically, SESAME is designed to study the ionospheric effects of merging at the magnetopause, reconnection in the geomagnetic tail and its relationship to substorms, mapping of significant geospace boundaries to ionospheric altitudes, plasma wave generation and propagation at high latitudes, and ionosphere-thermosphere interactions. The experimental programme is centred at Halley (76° S, 27° W) but also utilises automatic geophysical observatories located poleward of Halley. The suite of instruments provides an excellent image of the inner boundary of geospace and thus is complementary to the GGS spacecraft measurements. The data products that will be supplied askey parameters to the GGS experimenters on a routine basis are described. A brief review of previous results is presented, and some of the significant scientific questions to be addressed using the combination of ground-based and space-based observations are discussed.last_img read more


Measurements of NOx emissions from the Antarctic snowpack

May 9, 2021

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first_imgIt has been shown that NOx is produced photochemically within the snowpack of polar regions. If emitted to the atmosphere, this process could be a major source of NOx in remote snowcovered regions. We report here on measurements made at the German Antarctic station, Neumayer, during austral summer 1999, aimed at detecting and quantifying emissions of NOx from the surface snow. Gradients of NOx were measured, and fluxes calculated using local meteorology measurements. On the 2 days of flux measurements, the derived fluxes showed continual release from the snow surface, varying between similar to0 and 3×10(8) molecs/cm(2)/s. When not subject to turbulence, the variation was coincident with the uv diurnal cycle, suggesting rapid release once photochemically produced. Scaling the diurnal average of Feb. 7th (1.3×10(8) molecs/cm(2)/s) suggests an annual emission over Antarctica of the order 0.0076TgN.last_img read more


The Dufek and Forrestal intrusions, Antarctica: a centre for Ferrar Large Igneous Province dike emplacement?

May 9, 2021

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first_imgNewly acquired aeromagnetic data indicate the presence of a dike swarm that may have acted as a magma transport and feeder system from the plume impact site up to 3,500 km to the Ferrar Large Igneous Province (FLIP). The Dufek and Forrestal intrusions, cover approximately 6,600 km2, and may form a ponding station between a mantle superplume responsible for Gondwana breakup and the FLIP sills and lavas along the Transantarctic Mountains into Tasmania and New Zealand. Prior to this survey, no feeder dike swarms or sills connecting with the Ferrar have been found in the Pensacola Mountains. Similarities with the Mackenzie dikes and intrusions of Northwest Canada imply that Jurassic dikes may have been emplaced into the pre-existing Ross orogeny trend during doming above a mantle plume. However, our survey area is too small to show the dikes convincingly radiating from a focal point that would indicate the plume position.last_img read more


Feeding ecology of the deep-sea lanternshark Etmopterus pusillus (Elasmobranchii: Etmopteridae) in the northeast Atlantic

May 9, 2021

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first_imgThis study provides the first description of the feeding ecology of the smooth lanternshark Etmopterus pusillus based on stomach contents of specimens caught as bycatch in the Algarve (southern Portugal) with bottom trawling and bottom longline. The diet of E. pusillus consists mainly of fish (dry weight (% W)=87.1%; frequency of occurrence (%FO)=28.6%; number (%N)=30.3%), crustaceans (%W=7.7%; %FO=36.7%; %N=3.4%) and cephalopods (%W=4.7%; %FO=11.3%; %N=11.1%). The diet did not vary between sexes. Ontogenic changes were detected: crustaceans decreased in importance as the sharks increased in size and fish became dominant in the diet of adults. Combining two fishing methods provided broad information on the diet of E. pusillus, as bottom trawling caught smaller specimens and longlines caught larger individuals. E. pusillus feeds mainly on non-commercial species, and therefore does not compete directly with commercial fisheries. Finally, E. pusillus feeds in various parts of the water column and thus it can access a wide range of prey; however, this also means that it can be caught by both gears, making it more vulnerable in terms of conservation.last_img read more


Influence of fasting during moult on the faecal microbiota of penguins

May 9, 2021

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first_imgMany seabirds including penguins are adapted to long periods of fasting, particularly during parts of the reproductive cycle and during moult. However, the influence of fasting on the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota has not been investigated in seabirds. Therefore, the present study aimed to examine the microbial composition and diversity of the GI microbiota of fasting little (Eudyptula minor) and king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) penguins during early and late moult. The results from this study indicated that there was little change in the abundance of the major phyla during moult, except for a significant increase in the level of Proteobacteria in king penguins. In king penguins the abundance of Fusobacteria increases from 1.73% during early moult to 33.6% by late moult, whilst the abundance of Proteobacteria (35.7% to 17.2%) and Bacteroidetes (19.5% to 11%) decrease from early to late moult. In little penguins, a decrease in the abundances of Firmicutes (44% to 29%) and an increase in the abundance of Bacteroidetes (11% to 20%) were observed from early to late moult respectively. The results from this study indicate that the microbial composition of both king and little penguins alters during fasting. However, it appears that the microbial composition of king penguins is more affected by fasting than little penguins with the length of fast the most probable cause for this difference.last_img read more


Reconstructing SALMFamide neuropeptide precursor evolution in the phylum Echinodermata: ophiuroid and crinoid sequence data provide new insights

May 9, 2021

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first_imgThe SALMFamides are a family of neuropeptides that act as muscle relaxants in echinoderms. Analysis of genome/transcriptome sequence data from the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Echinoidea), the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus (Holothuroidea), and the starfish Patiria miniata (Asteroidea) reveals that in each species there are two types of SALMFamide precursor: an L-type precursor comprising peptides with a C-terminal LxFamide-type motif and an F-type precursor solely or largely comprising peptides with a C-terminal FxFamide-type motif. Here, we have identified transcripts encoding SALMFamide precursors in the brittle star Ophionotus victoriae (Ophiuroidea) and the feather star Antedon mediterranea (Crinoidea). We have also identified SALMFamide precursors in other species belonging to each of the five echinoderm classes. As in S. purpuratus, A. japonicus, and P. miniata, in O. victoriae there is one L-type precursor and one F-type precursor. However, in A. mediterranea only a single SALMFamide precursor was found, comprising two peptides with a LxFamide-type motif, one with a FxFamide-type motif, five with a FxLamide-type motif, and four with a LxLamide-type motif. As crinoids are basal to the Echinozoa (Holothuroidea + Echinoidea) and Asterozoa (Asteroidea + Ophiuroidea) in echinoderm phylogeny, one model of SALMFamide precursor evolution would be that ancestrally there was a single SALMFamide gene encoding a variety of SALMFamides (as in crinoids), which duplicated in a common ancestor of the Echinozoa and Asterozoa and then specialized to encode L-type SALMFamides or F-type SALMFamides. Alternatively, a second SALMFamide precursor may remain to be discovered or may have been lost in crinoids. Further insights will be obtained if SALMFamide receptors are identified, which would provide a molecular basis for experimental analysis of the functional significance of the “cocktails” of SALMFamides that exist in echinoderms.last_img read more