The only chance for the only retroactive Mitchell-Lama bill is if Governor Paterson calls an extraordinary session of both houses to consider S.3326-A/ A.4359-A.
Please e-mail the letter below to the 4 addressees in the Governor's office:
- Haley.Plourde-Cole@chamber.state.ny.us and
June 25, 2009
Governor David A. Paterson
Albany, New York 12224
Dear Governor Paterson:
I urge you to call both the State Senate and the State Assembly into extraordinary session to take up S3326 (Stewart-Cousins, et al.)/A4359-A (Pretlow et al.) This bill puts into rent stabilization all buildings that will leave or that have already left the Mitchell-Lama or project-based Section 8 program, regardless of when constructed, and closes the “unique or peculiar circumstances” loophole. It would set the rent for post-1973 buildings at the lawful rent for January 2007 (as does the vacancy decontrol bill).
This is the ONLY bill that would protect tenants in buildings already out of Mitchell-Lama, and would
- Make affordable some 10,900 apartments in post-1973 buildings many of whose tenants are being evicted and displaced, with thousands more fighting for their homes, and
- Keep affordable 7,215 apartments in pre-1974 buildings whose tenants are facing “unique or peculiar” increases as the landlords drag yet another case against DHCR through the courts.
These tenants cannot wait.
You know us; you know the issue. We count on you to save our homes.
Very truly yours,
50 West 97th St.
New York, NY 10025