By Sara GatesSenate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. defected from the Democrats and then defected from the Republicans during last year's Albany madness, but he'll always be loyal to his landlord pals.
Gov. David A. Paterson proposed changes to housing laws on Wednesday that would make it harder for landlords to lift apartments out of rent regulation but would also override a landmark pro-tenant court ruling so that it could not apply in future cases.
State Senator Liz Krueger, Democrat of Manhattan, criticized the governor’s attempt to allow developers receiving tax breaks to charge market rents. She said the proposal seemed to contradict the Legislature’s intent when it wrote the law regarding the tax benefits, known as the J-51 Program.
ALBANY - A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.
The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments "from an already tight housing market," said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor.
The Web sites show happy young travelers bunking within a few blocks of Broadway. And they offer a place to stay in such a glamorous, expensive city for only $15 a night. The problem is that a growing number of these “hotels” are unsafe, unsanitary and illegal.
Rogue hotels offer a quick buck for the landlords and a problem for almost everybody else — other residents who need affordable housing, the neighborhood that needs stability, the city that loses on hotel taxes and often even the visitor who goes home grumbling.
(New York, NY) On Wednesday, July 21st, State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Vito Lopez, as well as other key elected officials, tenants and housing advocates gathered at City Hall to urge Governor Paterson to sign legislation to enable New York City agencies to enforce the law against illegal hotels and to protect tenants.