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.
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.
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.
While we’re waiting for the Senate GOP to emerge from behind closed doors or send up some smoke signals on same-sex marriage, (we’re almost at the three-hour mark here), the fight over extending and/or strengthening the rent laws, which are set to expire at midnight, is continuing.