Thousands of East Siders could see their rent double or triple if rent regulation expires
By Megan Finnegan
New York City already has a notoriously high cost of living, but if current rent-regulation laws expire June 15, tens of thousands of Upper East Siders may face astronomical increases in their rents that could push them to the outer boroughs or even out of the state.
While many tenant advocates say it’s unlikely lawmakers will let this happen, they and other Democrats are pushing for a rent-reform package that will not only renew but also strengthen current laws, and hope that it passes as part of Governor Cuomo’s budget package.
“My greatest concern is that this resolution will put us an additional billion dollars in debt. The numbers simply do not add up and we cannot rely on a wink and a prayer that this will all work out. Senate Republicans have added a billion dollars in additional expenditures to the Governor's budget without bringing any significant additional revenue to the table nor including enough alternative cuts.
The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:
Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.
Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.
"This year, as we continue to face a struggling economy, both locally and nationally, there was no easy way to balance our State’s budget. Our State government has less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. New York is not alone; 44 States are facing combined budget deficits of over $112 Billion this year. As legislators, we knew that painful cuts would have to be made to vital programs, and the only fair scenario was one in which the sacrifices were shared by all. But when the language and details of this year’s budget were finally revealed, just hours before votes were cast, it became clear that this budget was anything but fair.
The following oped was published in today's Our Town.
By Liz Krueger
Even in the best of economic times, it’s never “easy” to balance the State’s budget. This year it was particularly difficult because our state government had less money and more debt, while the need for public services has only increased. This is not a problem unique to New York: 44 states are facing a combined budget deficit of over $112 billion this year, as the nation struggles to climb its way out of the recession.
Petition to Require Public Hearings on Outside Income Disclosure, Stripping Convicted Pols of Pensions and Independent Legislative Oversight
(Albany, NY) Ignoring the overwhelming public support for ethics reform evidenced in recent public polling, Senate Republicans continue to stall negotiations and block progress on this critical legislation even as the Legislature prepares to break for the remainder of April. To break the Albany logjam and deliver the change New Yorkers want, Senate Democrats submitted petitions to force public action on key ethics reform bills.
Answering the public’s call for action, Senate Democrats are seeking to force hearings this month on ethics legislation including: