Issues: Housing

NY Times: Sen. Espaillat with Minority Leader Sampson continue the fight to strengthen rent laws

State Lawmakers Argue Over Rent Laws as Deadline Looms

 By THOMAS KAPLAN

Published: June 14, 2011

 Lawmakers accused Republicans of trying the same move this year. “This is an end-around to try to skip town,” said Senator Adriano Espaillat of Manhattan, the senior Democrat on the Senate housing committee. “We’ve seen it before. We’re not going to be fooled by it. We know what it is. It’s a cheap trick.”

June 15, 2011
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The Time Is Now

Dear Friends,

June 15, 2011
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Senate Dems Join Protesters, Call for Stronger Rent Laws

By Jon Campbell

While the Senate was in session, a group of New York City senators joined a few dozen protesters outside of the Senate chamber, calling on the majority party to extend and strengthen the state’s rent stabilization laws, which are set to expire tomorrow.

The protesters have been heard throughout the Capitol much of the past two days, with some organizing a sit-in outside of the governor’s office yesterday that led to a dozen arrests.

Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, mostly from the affected downstate area, have pushed for a bolstering of the rent laws, while Senate Republicans has signified repeatedly—as recently as this morning—that they are only in favor of an extension.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Reverend Díaz Calls Upon Colleagues to Vote on Rent Regulation Laws Before Any Gay Marriage Vote

June 14, 2011

For Immediate Release

Senator Reverend Díaz Calls Upon Colleagues to Vote on Rent Regulation Laws Before Any Gay Marriage Vote

New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement regarding the New York Rent Regulation laws that are set to expire at midnight on June 15th:

"I am calling upon my colleagues in the Senate to withhold their votes on gay marriage until New York's Rent Regulation laws – which are set to expire tomorrow – are in place.

 

June 15, 2011
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Senator Perkins Stands Up for Tenants

On Monday, June 13th 2011 Senator Perkins produly stood in unity with many tenants and tenant rights advocates outside the Governor's office to fight for real rent reform. Shortly thereafter, many individuals including Senator Perkins, were arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct.

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Vol.2 No.4 rent reform.pdf

June 14, 2011
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6/14/2011: Supporting Rent Control

On June 14, 2011 Senator Shirley L.

June 14, 2011
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NY Daily News: Sen. Espaillat local elected officials and clergy rally for stronger rent laws at Harlem Church

Scores of tenants unite in new push for stronger rent regulation laws

BY Erin Durkin and Kenneth Lovett DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Monday, June 6th 2011, 4:00 AM

Hundreds of tenants, clergy and politicians rallied in Harlem Sunday to push for stronger rent regulation laws.

The rules that keep rents in check for 2.5 million New Yorkers are set to expire June 15 unless Albany pols strike a deal to renew them.

"People like me would not be able to live there," said Delsenia Glover, president of the Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned Tenants. "Harlem would not be Harlem anymore."

June 9, 2011
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NY Daily News: Sen. Espaillat praises Gov. Cuomo's support for strengtheing and extending rent regulations

Espaillat Gives Cuomo Props On Rent Robocall

BY Celeste Katz

Minority state lawmakers have made no secret of the fact they consider rent regulation a defining issue in their relationship with Gov. Cuomo.

Our Glenn Blain reports:

Gov. Cuomo’s move today to launch robocalls pushing for stronger rent laws has earned him support from one key member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus – state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

Here's Espaillat's statement:

June 9, 2011
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DN Daily Politics: Sen. Espaillat states it would be a tragedy to only pass an extension of rent laws by June 15.

Nothing Up But Weinergate -- AND Rent Regs

BY Celeste Katz

That June 15th deadline for the expiration of rent regulations may not be such a hard deadline after all.

Our Glenn Blain reports:

“We can always do extensions,” state Sen. Dean Skelos told reporters this afternoon, casting doubt on whether a final agreement can be reached the existing laws expire next week.

Skelos said there have only been “very, very preliminary discussions” with the Assembly and Gov. Cuomo on the rent laws.

“Nothing of real substance,” Skelos said, before noting that the deadline is still “next Wednesday, that’s an eternity away.”

June 8, 2011
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Riverdale Press: Sen. Espaillat's op-ed on why we must strengthening and extend New York's rent laws

POINT OF VIEW

Don't let rent regulations expire

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

 June 01, 2011

Middle class and working families have always been New York’s economic engine. A steady supply of housing has served to fuel this engine, particularly during harsh fiscal times. With New York on the verge of losing rent laws that protect millions of tenants, there is a serious housing crisis staring middle-class and working families in the eye. 

June 8, 2011
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Senator Bill Perkins at Rent Regulation Rally

Senator Bill Perkins, joined advocates and other elected officials, speaks at Rent Regulation Rally in support of Real Rent Reform.

June 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 308 LOB

June 7, 9:00 AM - 9:22 AM
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NYS MEMBERS OF COLOR PUSH FOR REPEAL OF VACANCY DECONTROL TO PROTECT THOUSANDS OF LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME NEW YORKERS

Laws to sunset in two weeks; group urges Gov. Cuomo to strengthen rent regulation laws

June 1, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 9:30 AM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 308 LOB

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June 2, 9:30 AM - 9:57 AM
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Hundreds of NYC Tenants, Join Sen. Espaillat, Democratic Legislators in Rallying for Strong Rent Laws

Interactive forum, including online platforms, used to communicate urgent need to extend and strengthen rent regulations

(Albany, NY) – With rent regulations that protect affordable housing for over 2.5 million tenants set to expire on June 15th, hundreds of New York City tenants joined Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) to express the urgent need to extend and strengthen rent regulations.

Broadcast live over the Internet, via Twitter and Facebook, Senate and Assembly Democrats, led by Senator Espaillat, engaged housing advocates from across the state on the pressing need to pass a strong rent regulations bill before June 15th. In addition to the more than 200 tenants who came to the capital to participate in the forum and other day-long advocacy efforts, hundreds participated in the the forum online.

May 24, 2011
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My Op-Ed in the Amsterdam News on Why We Must Continue Fighting Rent Regulations

Amsterdam News: Protecting New York’s tenants: a fight worth fighting

By SEN. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:05 AM EDT

Over the past decade, working families in New York have been battered by an economic recession we just can’t seem to shake and policies that reward the super-rich at the expense of the poor and middle class. Communities of color have been hit especially hard, suffering from a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment, incarceration and service cuts that strike at the heart of our social safety net.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Continues to Insist Upon Decent Housing Laws

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) issued the following statement today in concert with today’s Rent Regulation Rally in Albany:

“There’s a lot of finger pointing about who will be responsible for New York rent control and rent stabilization laws that are still not extended and the pain it will cause for the poor and needy people of New York who rely upon these laws for decent housing.

Let’s consider two issues: the Millionaires’ Tax and Rent Control Laws. If Governor Cuomo would have included them both in his Budget, things might not be so bad.

Passing the Millionaires’ Tax could have helped New York’s government to prevent the loss of services in health care, education, senior citizen programs, etc.

May 24, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Unites With Housing Advocates And Form A Human Chain Around A Rent Regulated Building

 On Sunday, May 23, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams united with elected officials, rent regulation reform advocates and tenants to urge Governor Cuomo to oppose the special interests groups by renewing the rent laws, set to expire on June 15, 2011.  Rent regulation laws currently protect the rights of millions of New York State tenants by guaranteeing them lease renewals and stable rent increases.  If these rent laws are not renewed, thousands of New Yorkers will be subjected to unaffordable rent costs and lack of protection from predatory landlords.  Rally participants will join hands and form a human chain around the rent regulated building as a sign of solidarity, so that others are aware of the expiring rent regulation laws.

May 23, 2011
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