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Crain’s – Airbnb loses ally in clash with City Council

“What cannot be allowed, what I do not support, and what we have increasingly seen, are commercial operators who make an end-run around our laws, displacing actual tenants for their own profit by illegally warehousing dozens of housing units that could be available for long-term rental.”

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NY-19: NYS Nurses Association Endorses Rhodes

The endorsement is another labor nod for Rhodes, who has previously been given the backing of the Communication Workers of America as well as the Teamsters Local 445 and 456. Rhodes over the weekend was endorsed by the editorial board of The New York Times.

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City and State – The 2018 Albany Power 100

Neal Kwatra’s Metropolitan Public Strategies firm is a go-to consultancy for influential Democrats. Most recently, he guided Corey Johnson into the New York City Council speaker’s office. Kwatra has key allies in Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de...

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New York Daily News – Cuomo to unleash ad attack against 7 NRA-backed N.Y. pols while touting state’s tough gun laws

Nearly a month after the Parkland, Fla., school mass shooting, Gov. Cuomo is set to kick off a gun-control campaign touting his work on the issue and targeting seven New York congressional Republicans. The six-figure campaign, which kicks off this week, will include a mix of television and digital ads and an online petition effort organizers say is meant to galvanize grassroots support.

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City & State – New York City’s 100 most powerful people

Neal Kwatra, CEO, Metropolitan Public Strategies … Most New Yorkers haven’t heard of Neal Kwatra, but he has cultivated relationships with New York’s biggest power players. The Metropolitan Public Strategies founder has strong ties to the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, and helped the union in backing Corey Johnson’s successful bid for speaker. Also among his allies are Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, making his communications and strategic consulting firm a force to be reckoned with….

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ShareBetter Raps Airbnb Over Taxes

The ShareBetter coalition that has pushed back against online rental company Airbnb released a web video Tuesday that ties the firm to the tax overhaul legislation in Congress.

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ShareBetter Releases New Ads In Airbnb Fight

“While touting transparency and spending millions to promote its website – which attracts many unscrupulous commercial operators – Airbnb steadfastly refuses to cooperate with city agencies to stop illegal activity on its site allowing thousands of transient tourists to gain access to residential buildings, creating a danger to our communities.”

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Airbnb’s growth is slowing amid safety concerns

Airbnb’s business is hitting a wall as travelers grow more skittish over whether the home-sharing service is safe, according to a new study. A spate of high-profile incidents, in which Airbnb hosts or guests were the victims of crimes, as well as growing concerns about privacy, have recently gotten in the way of growth, according to Morgan Stanley’s third annual study of the hotel and leisure industry.

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Marijuana’s role in easing PTSD must be acknowledged

Imagine: you’ve experienced a trauma so severe that days, months, and years pass by before you feel like yourself. You have repeated flashbacks and nightmares so vivid they disrupt your day-to-day life and ability to get a good night’s sleep; you’ve lost interest in things you used to enjoy, find yourself avoiding family and friends, are easily startled, have random outbursts of anger, and constantly feel on edge.

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Politicians use Paul Manafort indictment to pressure Airbnb into removing illegal listings

More than two dozen city and state lawmakers are using the recent indictment of President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to pressure Airbnb into scrubbing illegal listings from its site. In a letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, the group, which includes city Controller Scott Stringer, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), also called on the home-sharing company to share address data with New York regulators.

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The Manaforts Are Exactly Why People Are So Critical of Airbnb

“The emerging details are another example of how commercial operators like Manafort use Airbnb to remove homes from the market in order to profit from illegal short-term rentals,” said Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Share Better, a trade group backed by hotel unions, city officials and corporate opponents of the home-rental company.

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Hotel Money Is Funding Anti-Airbnb Sting Operations

The group’s leaders say shrinking the company’s footprint in New York, its largest U.S. market, could serve as a guide for battles elsewhere and damage Airbnb’s image among public investors it may need to court someday. “We’re fighting a bit of a guerrilla ­campaign,”...

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Politico: The Strategist – MPS Staffs Up

Neal Kwatra's firm Metropolitan Public Strategies is staffing up as it prepares for the "NY Fights Back" campaign, the New York State Democratic Party backed effort to help Democrats retake the Majority in the House of Representatives in 2018. The firm has hired James...

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NY1: Consultants Corner

VIDEO: Errol Louis analyzed Mayor de Blasio’s fight to hold onto control of the school system with the Monday Consultants Corner: Democrats Neal Kwatra and Lis Smith and Republicans Tom Doherty and John Burnett.

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Gov. Cuomo launching bid to unseat N.Y. House Republicans

...The “Fight Back” effort will be run out of the state Democratic Party, which Cuomo controls. The governor — who recently has ripped congressional Republicans as right-wing zealots — turned to veteran operative Neal Kwatra to oversee the effort....

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Cuomo’s liberal budget moves hint at presidential bid

Organized labor, which traditionally leans left and can pump tons of cash and volunteers into campaigns, applauded the union-dues tax deduction. “Hard to overstate what a big deal this is symbolically and practically for labor. While [Republicans] are moving...

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MPS Wins a Pollie Award!

For our strategic development, creation and production of the TV ad “My Story” the American Association of Political Consultants recognized the outstanding achievement of Metropolitan Public Strategies with a 2017 Pollie Gold Award for best National Public Affairs...

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City & State Power 100

Neal Kwatra has friends in high places, but operates behind the scenes. Before launching Metropolitan Public Strategies, Kwatra worked for the New York Hotel Trades Council and for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Since opening his communications and...

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Airbnb trying to get along with regulators ahead of IPO

...Neal Kwatra, the chief strategist of nationwide anti-Airbnb group Share Better -- and a former political director for the New York Hotel Trades Council -- described Airbnb's shift as a major reversal. "I think you're going to see them trying to cut a lot of deals,"...

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The Conflict Between Airbnb and New York Is Only Beginning

Austin Shafran, a spokesman for anti-Airbnb group Share Better, has called the company a bully and compared it with Donald Trump, noting its affiliation with Peter Thiel, the billionaire Trump supporter whose VC firm Founders Fund is an investor in Airbnb...

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Airbnb funding Hoosick Falls-related attacks

... A spokesman for ShareBetter --  a coalition of housing organizations and labor groups, including the Hotel Trades Council -- criticized the company's political spending. "What Airbnb doesn't seem to realize is that no amount of money can buy their way out of...

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Airbnb Proposes Cracking Down on New York City Hosts

“It’s a tacit acknowledgment of what we’ve been saying all along — that Airbnb is dominated by commercial operators with multiple listings who are stealing our supply of affordable housing,” said Neal Kwatra, the chief strategist for Share Better, a coalition of...

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Airbnb foes mobilize in Washington

... Neal Kwatra, the chief strategist for the Share Better coalition of Airbnb opponents, said that, “increasingly I think you’re going to see the requests for federal intervention — whether it’s asking Congress to make an information request of the company, whether...

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40 UNDER 40 RISING STARS OF NEW YORK CITY 2016

Pamela Stamoulis - Director of Digital Communications, Metropolitan Public Strategies ... In her role as director of digital communications for Metropolitan Public Strategies, Stamoulis helps develop digital targeting programs, designs and places digital content...

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Airbnb may not be the cheaper alternative: report

“Airbnb aggressively markets themselves as a cheaper alternative to hotels,” said Share Better’s Neal Kwatra. “In fact, their rates are just as high and in many cases higher than hotels in major cities across the country.”

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Breakaway Democrats in N.Y. State Senate Get Boost

…Neal Kwatra, a Democratic strategist and adviser to the New York Hotel Trades Council, a union that backed Ms. Alcantara in the race, said Ms. Alcantara’s rivals erred in hitting her on her ties to the conference. “Voters…don’t pay attention to inside baseball disputes about who is a real Democrat or not,” he said…

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Battle over Airbnb heads to the Democratic National Convention

…”We are bringing these issues to Philly because the eyes of the country will be there and our coalition believes this company needs some good old-fashioned accountability from our country’s leaders,” said Neal Kwatra, chief strategist of the New York and national anti-Airbnb campaign…

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When Business, labor interests align, Albany is your oyster

...“When labor, management and owners come together like they did here, that’s a powerful coalition,” said political strategist Neal Kwatra, an architect of the coalition. “When it’s about mutual interests like protecting affordable housing and reaffirming the rule of...

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City and State’s Albany Power 100 2016

Neal Kwatra Founder/CEO, Metropolitan Public Strategies Kwatra’s connections within the labor community – most notably as the former political director of the increasingly powerful Hotel Trades Council – and in the Second Floor and City Hall make him a key go­-between...

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Airbnb is not taking it lying down

…In 2014, Metropolitan Public Strategies, a New York-based public relations and consulting firm, launched an anti-Airbnb PR campaign on behalf of a diverse coalition that includes two particularly powerful special-interest groups: the Hotel Association of New York,...

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POLITICO New York Playbook

NEW HIRES, EXPANSION: Rebecca Lamorte and Ilana Fried have been hired by Metropolitan Public Strategies, the firm founded by Democratic and labor operative, Neal Kwatra. Lamorte, who will be a Public Affairs Associate, previously worked at Beaudoin & Company LLC...

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Biden takes his pre-campaign to Clinton’s turf

...Neal Kwatra, a New York-based consultant with deep ties to labor and progressives throughout the city, said Biden’s long history with labor could make a difference for voters in a city with the highest union membership in the state. Plus, progressives are feeling...

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Clinton campaign awards coveted contract

...“Digital is just a vastly superior voter engagement and mobilization tool,” said political consultant Neal Kwatra, founder and CEO of Metropolitan Strategies. “It would be malpractice of the highest order for any top tier candidate with broad name recognition to be...

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Consultants Discuss Crime, Homelessness & de Blasio

Errol Louis talked about crime, homelessness and Mayor de Blasio’s popularity, with the Inside City Hall Consultants Corner: Republican strategists Tom Doherty and Kellyanne Conway and Democrats Alexis Grenell and James Freedland...

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Consultants Grade De Blasio’s Communication Chops

Inside City Hall - Josh Robin discussed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effectiveness when it comes to communicating with New Yorkers with the four members of the Inside City Hall Consultants Corner: Republicans Jessica Proud and O'Brien Murray and Democrats James...

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Cuomo task force pushes him on AIDS goal

King was named by Cuomo as the task force’s co-chair, and Housing Works retained  Metropolitan Public Strategies, the consulting firm headed by Neal Kwatra , which was also involved in Cuomo’s re-election campaign, to provide help with their efforts to rally support...

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City & State Power 100, 2015

Neal Kwatra has long been regarded as one of the best strategists in state Democratic politics. His consulting and communications firm continues its rise after helping Rep. Charles Rangel hold onto his seat last year. The former chief of staff to Attorney General Eric...

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Metropolitan Public Strategies Hires From WFP

Metropolitan Public Strategies has hired a former Working Families Party staffer to lead its organization operations, the consulting firm on Monday announced. The group founded by Neal Kwatra, a former top aide to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a former...

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Albany Rising Stars 2014

James Freedland has worked on plenty of campaigns, from Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial bid to Eric Schneiderman’s run for state attorney general to Kenneth Thompson’s campaign for Brooklyn district attorney. What he loves best about the work is writing and telling...

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Winners and Losers

Neal Kwatra - The founder & CEO of Metropolitan Public Strategies scored big wins both in public and behind closed doors this week. His consulting firm orchestrated the strategy, messaging and communications for Charlie Rangel’s successful reelection...

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City & State Power 100

Neal Kwatra, Founder, Metropolitan Public Strategies Chief Strategist, State Democratic Committee - Coordinated Campaign Kwatra has been a force in state politics for years now, and as this year’s election cycle heats up his stock is rising. He was widely praised for...

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New York Observer’s Political Power 80

Neal Kwatra, Founder, Metropolitan Public Strategies: The rising star and former aide to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has started his own consulting firm, and already has major wins under his belt, notably knocking off a veteran Brooklyn district attorney and...

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