Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Newsletter 2015

Thursday, May 14 at 5 PM: Tenant Rally at Foley Square to repeal vacancy de-stabilization and re-regulate homes!
Click on "read more" below for more information on tenant issues affecting us
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Saturday, May 16 from 6-9 PM Come to our Pot Luck Party in the Community Room!  Meet friends old & new, strengthen our political power, honor Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, talk with Council Member Mark Levine, and enjoy wonderful food – with a special area for kids!  Sign up with your floor captain, or in the mailroom to cook or help so your household can come for free! Or pay $15/household ($10 for 1 person and guests). 
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Recently, we lost our neighbor Christine Mason. Her memorial will be August 22nd in our Community Room.  
Ms. Mason was found in her apartment 2 weeks after her death – in part because no one in the building had the keys to her apartment or emergency contact information for her.  
Please don’t let that happen to you. If you live alone, give your emergency contact information and a set of keys to the super, and give our doorman’s number (212-663-5420) to your family and friends: If they can’t reach you, the doorman can always reach the super. 


More Tenant Issues: 

The rent laws expire on June 15, 2015.  They'll be renewed (even the landlords want that), but unless the laws are strengthened, tens of thousands of affordable apartments will be lost and landlords will continue to want regulated tenants out.

We sent about 200 signatures to Gov. Cuomo on the petition.  Thanks to everyone who signed on and gave money for postage (or paid dues!).  If you'd like to sign an on-line petition to the governor (and haven't already signed it), click here

The Rent Guidelines Board's preliminary vote set a range of increases that will be finalized on June 24th.  The range is
  • 0-2% increases for 1-year lease renewals, and
  • 0.5-3.5% increases for 2-year lease renewals.
Tell your story on June 8, 2015 from 2-6 PM at Elebash Recital Hall, the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. (between 34th & 35th Streets). 
The RGB's final vote is Wednesday, June 24, 2015 starting at 6 PM at Cooper Union's Great Hall in the Basement, 7 E. 7th Street at 3rd Avenue in Manhattan.

AirBnB: It's illegal to rent out your apartment when you're not in it.