Jane R. Rabin, Former City Councilwoman, Dies at 88

Laura Anglin, a Leading New York State and City Official, Dies at 57 The New York Times: “The death of Jane R. Rabin, a former official of the Mayor’s Office for Housing Preservation, the…

Jane R. Rabin, Former City Councilwoman, Dies at 88

Laura Anglin, a Leading New York State and City Official, Dies at 57

The New York Times: “The death of Jane R. Rabin, a former official of the Mayor’s Office for Housing Preservation, the City Council’s housing committee and the department of Housing Preservation, marks the end of a long and impressive career. Ms. Rabin was a long-time and effective leader in the city’s Department of Housing Preservation.

“She had never been elected to public office, but in the years since her retirement as a staff member of the State Housing Finance Agency in 2005, her influence on public housing policy in New York City and nationally has been unrivalled.

“Ms. Rabin was elected to the City Council in 1997, becoming the first woman elected to the body. She served two four-year terms, but in August 2008, she resigned to accept a position on Gov. George E. Pataki’s transition team as chief of staff in the governor’s mansion.

“Before becoming a councilwoman, Ms. Rabin worked as the executive director of the New York State Council of Neighborhood Housing Organizations (SCNHO) and as the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Consortium. She also served on the council of the New York City Landmarks Conservancy, and she managed the organization’s public records. She was executive director of New York Community Foundation Housing Programs and Housing Opportunities Program.

“Ms. Rabin also served as the chair of the State Housing Finance Agency in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“She received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master’s degree from the Institute of Policy Studies in Cambridge. She also holds a Ph.D. from New York University.”

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Monday, March 26, 2011

The City Council in Albany, NY is pushing legislation to end “reverse redlining” and the practice of discrimination against communities of color. Mayor Bloomberg supports the legislation and has promised to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

The bill will affect any property manager or property owner that has not hired black, Latino, Asian, or Native American workers to work on their properties.

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