Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May 5 - RGB Preliminary Vote at 1 Bowling Green. Come!

Tenants & Neighbors, the Real Rent Reform, Met Council on  Housing, and many other groups  are calling for tenants to come to the RENT GUIDELINES BOARD'S PRELIMINARY VOTE on
MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014  at 5 PM (come early to get a seat).

The law says the RGB may make "rent adjustments, if any."  The board is not required to raise rents - but that's what it has done for the past 44 years or so.  Make this time DIFFERENT. 

Tenants are demanding that the RGB 

While on the campaign trail, Mayor de Blasio called for a rent freeze.  But we know that 2.5 million tenants have been hit with increase after increase while landlords made money hand over fist. 

That's why we're calling for a RENT ROLLBACK on May 5 when the Rent Guidelines Board will have its preliminary vote.

Join us and other tenants!

WHEN:  Monday, May 5 at 5 PM
WHERE: U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green 

For more information, contact the Real Rent Reform campaign at 718-864-3932.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Film with one of our tenants

For the past two years Na'ava has worked on a film about her father's civil rights activities and more.  

You are invited to the premier showing of Red Father at the Soho International film Festival on Friday May 16 at 5:30 PM (new time!) at Village East Cinema.  There will be   Q& A  afterwards and there are lots of good restaurants in the neighborhood.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Goddard Riverside State Budget & Legislative Forum - April 24

All Welcome!  Join us to Speak Out, Get Information and Take Action!

Goddard Riverside Family Council 
invites you to a 
State Budget and Legislative Forum

Hear reports from our Upper West Side NYS Assemblymembers and ask your questions

Thursday, April 24
4 pm to 5:30 pm 
Goddard Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Avenue at W. 88th Street

After months of negotiations and input from the public, the Governor and legislature have adopted a new NYS budget for the next fiscal year.  What was accomplished? What is left as unfinished business?  Updates on: campaign finance reform; expanding Pre-K and afterschool programs; new funding for senior, housing, and mental health programs; NYS Dream Act and other pending legislation.

All welcome to attend!

Information:  212-799-9400 x216

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Seniors Can Avoid Rent Increases

Because of a new state law,  seniors (62 and older) may be able to freeze their rents at their current level.

Beginning July 1st, when the law should go into effect, qualified seniors can apply for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE).   

To qualify, you need all of these: 

1. The senior lives in a rent stabilized apartment.

2. The senior is named on the lease.

3. The combined household annual income is no more than $50,000 (before July 1st, the limit is $29,000).

4. The tenant is paying at least 1/3 of the household income in rent - or will be with a new lease renewal.

Usually tenants apply when they get their lease renewal form from the landlord.