Monday, September 18, 2023

Urge Gov. Hochul to sign tenant bills NOW!

There are 4 tenant bills that  Gov. Hochul needs to sign lickety split.  Check out the video!

Call Gov. Hochul's office. Click here to do it through your computer, or just dial 
518-474-8390. You can email her too. Tell her, 

Tenants need you to sign S2980, A4047, A6843 and A 3484 to keep more rent stabilized apartments available

    • at honest rents 
    • by landlords known to their tenants, and 
    • enable more municipalities to decide whether they want the same. 

Please sign them as soon as they cross your desk! Thank you. 


Join Housing Justice for All, the Coalition to End Apartment Warehousing, Stellar Tenants for Affordable Housing and other groups at a 

Rally to Urge Gov. Hochul to Sign the Bills!

  • S2980 (Frankensteining, fraud, subst. rehab, succession)
  • A4047 (calculate rent overcharges going forward)
  • A6843 (landlords must respond to vacancy surveys so municipalities can decide whether to join rent stabilization)
  • A3484 (transparency for limited liability corporations)

Wear a Frankenstein costume (or not), and let's urge the Governor to sign those bills when they cross her desk! 


Tenants and a few neighbors gathered to hear State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal's report on Albany and some important bills, and Council Member Gale Brewer's updates on City Council actions.  


We began by talking about Frank Leonardo, whose memorial will be in Community Room on Sunday, October 15th from 2 to 5 p.m.  Please let his wife Barbara Garson know if you're planning to attend.

We also announced:

  • Our annual Halloween fundraiser will be on Saturday, October 28 in the lobby.  Volunteers are needed for the 5-6 pm slot, and your gifts of individually wrapped candy is welcome. Leave it with the doorman for Rosa Delgado in 2T.
  • The US Supreme Court will likely decide in the next couple of weeks whether to take the case of landlords claiming that rent regulation "takes" their property without compensation.  In the past, all 9 justices (including Clarence Thomas and the late Antonin Scalia - the Court's most conservative justices), ruled that states can regulate property use including by rent regulation. 
  • NYC is funding some more "Shape Up NYC!" classes, like those that Jodi Brockington taught before the pandemic.  We may get 2 classes: one strenuous one evening, and another less strenuous, possible during the day. (She will not be teaching them.)
  • The Park West History Group is planning an evening on how tenants have shaped our buildings and neighborhood. If you have old documents from this building - particularly about our getting a tax break early on - please let Sue know: sue.susman [at ]
  • HEAT season begins Oct. 1 and runs through May 31. 

Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal

Pending legislation

Brad spoke about 4 bills that have passed the state legislature but await Governor Hochul's action: signing, modifying, or vetoing. Our tenant association has submitted a memo on three of them