Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stewart-Cousins Bill Introduced in Senate; Tenants Meeting April 15

Senator Stewart-Cousins has re-introduced the bill to extend rent regulation protections to all Mitchell-Lama and Section-8 buildings that exit their program, including retroactively, and eliminate the “unique or peculiar” loophole.

The bill is numbered S3326. Now we're hoping that it will be introduced in the State Assembly by someone on the Housing Committee.

Currently, co-sponsors of the bill in the State Senate include:
Senators Adams
Addabbo
Diaz
Hassell-Thompson
Huntley
Monserrate
Onorato
Perkins
and Schneiderman.

So we can thank Sen. Bill Perkins for coming through on his promise to support the bill. (You can e-mail him at perkins@senate.state.ny.us .)

From 11 AM to 4 PM on Thursday, April 23rd, the NYS Assembly's Housing Committee is holding a hearing in NYC on Mitchell-Lamas. We need people from this building to attend (and speak if you are so moved) in support of that bill (called the "Andrea Stewart-Cousins bill") at the hearing.

As Amy Chan of Tenants & Neighbors (and chairperson of the P.I.E. Campaign), wrote, "It is extremely important that we attend the hearing in large numbers and call on the Assembly to support this legislation."

And come learn more about the political situation from Tom Waters, housing analyst at the Community Service Society (and author of several studies on affordable housing) at our

GENERAL TENANTS MEETING on
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th
8 PM
In the Community Room.


Bring a chair and a neighbor.

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