Forum/Town Hall: Forum on Rent Regulations, May 26 6:00 pm

Join me, with Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for a forum on rent regulations, tenants' rights and New York's Housing needs.

May 26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sen. Espaillat's Op-Ed on why the expiration of rent regulations would be a disaster for New Yorkers

West Side Spirit: Expiring Rent Regulation Spells Disaster for New Yorkers

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

Big corporations have benefited from record profits, while New York’s working class has struggled to recover from the aptly named “Great Recession.” All the while, low-income and middle-class families have been battered by brutal budget cuts on the federal and statewide level. We have seen deep cuts to education and health care, while billions in tax breaks have been given away to the wealthiest among us.

May 6, 2011

Riverdale Press: Tweet Tweet - Senator Espaillat responds to constituents via twitter

Got a neighborhood problem? Tweet your local pol.

After a Riverdale blogger communicated via Twitter with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat about the disrepair of the pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at West 235th Street, the Department of Transportation started fixing it. 

May 6, 2011

Senator Espaillat Highlights Push to Extend Rent Regulations

Senate Democrats release new video demonstrating urgency on rent regulations issues

 (New York, NY) – Today, Senate Democrats released an important video about the need to extend and strengthen rent regulations. The powerful video features Senator Adriano Espaillat and other advocates of rent regulations in the Senate, as well as everyday tenants who would be devastated if rent regulations are allowed to expire on June 15th.

May 3, 2011

Senate Passes Senator Adriano Espaillat’s Bill Making it Easier for Tenants to Hold Meetings in Housing Authority Developments

Today, the New York State Senate passed an important bill sponsored by Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) which makes it easier for tenants to hold meetings in buildings operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

The legislation (S. 3114) will permit tenants to hold meetings in a common area of NYCHA operated buildings without any fee. Currently, tenant groups and committees, that may not be able to afford a costly social room, sometimes hold meetings in individual apartments or open spaces in possible violation of building codes.

May 2, 2011

Senator Adriano Espaillat Congratulates President Obama and U.S Armed Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice


Senator Adriano Espaillat Congratulates President Obama and U.S Armed Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice

(New York, NY) – Tonight, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September, 2001 attacks in New York:

“Tonight is a great night for all New Yorkers and in fact all Americans who were victimized by Osama Bin Laden, a mass murderer and the leader of Al-Qaeda. I congratulate President Barack Obama and our heroes in the United States Armed Forces.

May 2, 2011

The West Side Spirit: Gay Marriage Bill Nears the Goal Line

Gov. Cuomo’s push, plus public opinion shift, raises bill’s chance of passage

By Megan Finnegan

April 29, 2011

Senator Espaillat, Assemblyman Dinowitz Cheer Quick Action in Local Bridge Repair

W. 235th Street Pedestrian Bridge in Riverdale on its way to being repaired following constituent complaints and work by local elected officials

April 26, 2011

City Hall News: A Look At The Fight To Extend And Strengthen The Rent Laws

Rent Wars - Whether Cuomo can expand stabilization laws will hinge on Senate GOP

By Jon Lentz

In the 1980s, Andrew Cuomo launched a homeless program that was acclaimed for its innovative model of housing. In the early 1990s, he helped revamp New York City's housing policy for the homeless.   By the late 1990s, he was boosting affordable housing across the country as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The test looming for this housing advocate, now governor of New York, is where he'll come down on the state's rent regulation laws, which expire June 15.

April 25, 2011

Riverdale Review: Dems hope to extend rent regulations


By Brendan McHugh

Last week, state Senator Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expire on June 15.

The Democratic-led Assembly approved an expansion of rent regulations two weeks ago, but the Republican-led Senate is hesitant to approve a broadening of the regulations. The Democrats' plan would reverse the state's policy enacted 18 years ago, of slow-motion deregulation of housing at the high end by increasing minimums on rent and tenant income.

April 21, 2011

The Riverdale Press: Espaillat's Countdown

By Adam Wisniewski

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

On April 13th, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock that will be ticking away in Albany until Wednesday, June 15, the day rent regulations will expire if they are not renewed by the state legislature. 

April 20, 2011

Senate Democrats Make Rent Regulations A Priority

"Albany Prepare for Recess, Even With Full Agenda"

From NY1 by Erin Billups April 13, 2011

"Meanwhile Senate Democrats are also pressuring Republicans not to wait until the last hour to make a deal on rent regulations, even putting up a clock to remind them of the looming June 15 deadline."

Read the full story:

April 19, 2011

NY Daily News: Freshman Sen. Espaillat going to bat for more than 1M tenants from rent regulation changes

By Frank Lombardi

The regs, which shelter more than 1 million apartments in the city from full market-rate rents, expire June 14. They last came up for renewal in 2003, with awful results for pro-tenant forces.Uptown state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is technically a freshman, but he has become the Democratic pointman in Albany's tug-of-war over rent regulations.

April 19, 2011

Counting Down To Rent Control Reform

Albany Times Union:

By Stephanie Lee

Democrat senators want rent control reform … and they want it in the next 63 days and 13 minutes, give or take.

A group of senators unveiled this morning an LCD clock that will count down to the end of June 15 — the day when current rent laws expire. Sens. Adriano Espillat, Bill Perkins and Daniel Squadron (not pictured), along with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, are calling for the Senate to pass a bill that extends and strengthens those laws so landlords can’t charge high rents and otherwise exploit loopholes that allow them to deregulate their units.

April 19, 2011

Senator Espaillat Unveils Rent Regulations Countdown Clock as Advocates Turn Up the Heat to Pass Rent Regulations

(New York, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expired on June 15th.

April 13, 2011

Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson and Senator Adriano Espaillat Praise Assembly Action on Rent Regulations, Call on Senate to Take up Legislation Extending and Strengthening Rent Laws

(New York, NY) – Today, Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson and Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) praised the Assembly for taking a vote on one of the most critical issues facing New York: rent regulations.

April 11, 2011