Two Weeks Left to Strengthen Rent Laws
With No Deal in the Works
Are You FED UP?
Protest at Gov. Cuomo's NYC Office
Tenants & Elected Officials
Plan Civil Disobedience Action
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 12:00 NOON
633 3rd Ave @ 41st St
Are you outraged that Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are again running out the clock on rent-regulation laws? With fewer than two weeks left before they expire, there no deal, and almost no mention of this issue from the Governor, in the media, or on the streets.
Cuomo's property-tax cap for rent-laws deal announced last week seems to have gotten tenants nothing; Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos came away saying that there was no agreement to do anything but renew the laws in their current form - leaving vacancy decontrol intact to continue dismantling the system. That's exactly what Skelos's position was before, and what landlords have been calling for. We must end deregulation and protect all tenants!
Please come to the protest and help us get the word out!
NOTE: If you're interested in joining tenants and lawmakers in the civil disobedience action, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rally in Harlem For Stronger Rent Laws
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 2:30 PM
First Corinthian Baptist Church
West 116th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. / 7th Ave.
Subway: 2, 3, C to 116th St.
Join tenants, labor leaders, and members of the Black, Puerto Rican, HIspanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, in a rally to demand stronger rent laws and an end to deregulation.
No RSVP - all are invited.
Get Ready to Get On the Bus
Starting Monday, June 13, and EVERY DAY AFTER until we pass stronger rent laws...
GET ON THE BUS TO ALBANY!
If Albany lawmakers haven't renewed and strengthened our rent laws by the final week when our current laws are set to expire, Met Council on Housing and the Real Rent Reform campaign will be sending buses to Albany (returning to NYC each evening). We need to fill them with tenants like you who are ready to give your elected representatives an earful and then some!
The trips are always free of charge.
To be called for emergency mobilizations to Albany, please send an email to email@example.com, with your name, phone number, and the neighborhood where you live. We'll call you to let you know the details regarding our trips!
When Did Cuomo Last Hear from You?
Call Gov. Cuomo at 212-681-4580 and say:
"It's not enough to just extend rent regulation laws as they are. No givebacks to landlords. We need stronger rent laws, and an end to deregulation! Protect all tenants!"
Sign up now to
Testify at the Rent Guidelines Board
Against Proposed High Rent Increases
3% - 5.75% for one-year increases, and 6% - 9% for two-year increases, plus a 1% fuel surcharge for oil-heated buildings.
June 16, 2011 - starting at 4:30 PM
NYC College of Technology - Klitgord Auditorium, 285 Jay St.
Subway: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 to Borough Hall
A / C / F / N / R to Jay St. - Metrotech
June 20, 2011 - starting at 10 AM
Cooper Union - 7 East 7th St. (at Bowery/3rd Ave.)
Subway: N / R to 8th St., 6 to Astor Place
Pre-register to speak by calling 212-385-2934. (You can sign up to speak on the day of the hearing, but be prepared to wait.)
Voice of the Tenant Movement
On Monday, June 6, Housing Notebook returns to the airwaves with host Scott Sommer discussing the latest developments in the fight to strengthen our rent-regulation laws. The call-in number is 212-209-2900.