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Marcelo Rochabrun is a reporting fellow with ProPublica. He recently graduated from Princeton University, where he studied history and flute performance. He was editor in chief of The Daily Princetonian and published an investigation on how Princeton’s “eating clubs” had benefited from millions of dollars in unwarranted tax subsidies to build and refurbish their lavish clubhouses through educational foundations set up exclusively to funnel tax-exempt monies.
He has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity covering money in politics and for IDL-Reporteros, a nonprofit investigative newsroom based in his native Peru, where he covered government corruption. A series he co-wrote for IDL-Reporteros on how Peru’s Department of Education purchased books for public school libraries led to the resignation of the president of the booksellers trade association and an official investigation into a former prime minister.
Aug. 19, 12:17 p.m.Tenants have sued a Lower Manhattan developer, saying their leases should have been rent-stabilized in exchange for the tax breaks their landlord received. State and local officials have now filed a brief supporting the tenants, whose case could affect thousands of rental units.
May 24, 8 a.m.Since 1995, developers in lower Manhattan have relied on a letter written by former Mayor Giuliani to justify receiving tax breaks without rent restrictions. Former lawmakers who wrote and voted for the law say the practice violates the intent and clear meaning of the statute.
May 20, 10:52 a.m.New York’s state Legislature wanted to give developers hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to build apartments in Lower Manhattan in exchange for limits on rent increases. The real estate lobby and Mayor Rudy Giuliani had another idea.
April 14, 11:45 a.m.The move comes after a ProPublica investigation that documented how the government was making it hard for disabled borrowers to get their loans forgiven.
April 6, 8 a.m.ProPublica showed last week how the charity had used federal funds to acquire vacant buildings, but some had been occupied just days before the charity moved to acquire them.
April 1, 2 p.m.The charity paid millions in federal stimulus funds to developers shortly after longtime tenants were pushed out. “We are spending federal money to throw low-income New Yorkers out of buildings,” wrote a Habitat whistleblower.
March 28, 10:55 a.m.A request to the Tenant Protection Unit cites ProPublica’s reporting on a tax-subsidized building owned by Two Trees Management.
March 11, 2:15 p.m.New York leaders have been quick to celebrate enforcement achievements to protect rent-stabilized units but haven’t put them in context.
March 10, 12:58 p.m.Among other facts, newly released housing documents reveal that 239,000 regulated apartments have “preferential” rent, meaning landlords may be able to boost rents by more than what the city allows.
Jan. 13, 4:33 p.m.A bill introduced in response to ProPublica’s reporting would make landlords liable for up to 10 times the amount of overcharges imposed on tenants in rent-stabilized apartments.
Dec. 30, 2015, 12:03 p.m.City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates.
Dec. 9, 2015, 5:20 p.m.City Council members propose inventory system and fines for landlords after ProPublica reports that 50,000 apartments aren’t registered for rent regulation as required.
Dec. 4, 2015, 11:51 a.m.Top developer Two Trees Management overcharged renters for years – but still cashed in on $10 million in tax cuts the city never officially approved.
Dec. 3, 2015, 7:02 p.m.State, city officials target buildings receiving lucrative property tax breaks in return for limiting rents.
Nov. 5, 2015, 3:14 p.m.Owners are getting $100 million in property tax breaks while violating the law requiring them to officially register, and city and state officials are unable to explain why.
Nov. 4, 2015, 5 a.m.Help ProPublica and WNYC investigate how renters are being exploited under a housing program that will save developers $1 billion in property taxes this year.
Sep. 25, 2015, 11:16 a.m.There’s a long history of car company scandals – and sluggish responses from regulators.
Sep. 18, 2015, 11:10 a.m.Experts say the poorest children are the ones who need pre-kindergarten the most.
Sep. 9, 2015, 1:15 p.m.Is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-K the best way to allocate education dollars?
Aug. 21, 2015, 10:41 a.m.“The Wire” creator and former Baltimore Sun reporter talks about a historic public housing fight, race and what makes white people go “batshit, batshit crazy.”
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