As Rent Regulations Expire, Senator Espaillat Denounces Political Gamesmanship With Lives of Millions of New Yorkers

June 16, 2011


Senator Espaillat Calls for Immediate Passage of Legislation to Extend and Strengthen Rent Regulations

At 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 15th, rent regulations protecting over 2.5 million New Yorkers expired. Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) strongly denounced the political gamesmanship by Senate Republicans that led to the expiration, calling for an immediate passage of legislation (S. 2783 – A) that extends and strengthens rent regulations.  

“Over 2.5 million New Yorkers, including more than 160,000 in my district, will be devastated if rent regulations are not extended and strengthened. Instead of voting on my legislation which extends rent laws and closes the loopholes used to raise rents and harass tenants, Senate Republicans engaged in political gamesmanship of the worst kind and endangered the lives of real people,” said Senator Adriano Espaillat. “We were not sent to Albany to pass temporary extenders and kick the can down the road. We were sent here to address real challenges and there’s none more important than keeping New Yorkers in their homes.”

While rent regulations have officially expired, tenants do not face immediate danger. However, in order to continue protected through rent laws, the state most pass a new set of rent regulations that will affect over one million apartment units in New York City.

Senator Espaillat said: “Tenants should know that their leases are still valid. But as legislators, we will not leave Albany until we pass strong rent regulations that protect tenants and stabilize communities across New York.”