The rally at noon had terrific music and chants, and good speakers, including Congressman Charles Rangel who compared 80% market rate-20% affordable apartment buildings to hospitals in which only 20% of the room were for sick people. Several speakers called for the repeal of vacancy decontrol - since allowing landlords to de-regulate vacant apartments depletes New York City's stock of affordable housing and motivates the harassment so many tenants suffer. Additional speakers (in alphabetical order): Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (a major organizer of the event), Assembly Member Herman "Denny" Farrell, Public Advocate Tish James, Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Attorney John Gorman, and several tenants - all moderated by Tenants & Neighbors' Delsenia Glover. Apologies to anyone missed here. (With the music and crowd's enthusiasm, it was hard to see and hear all the speakers.) The Renters March was co-sponsored by The Black Institute, the Goddard-Riverside Community Center, the, Northern Manhattan Improvement Coalition, P.A.'L.A.N.T.E., the Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association, Tenants & Neighbors, and We Act, among others.
to the amount each uses, based on a remotely-read meter in each apartment. In buildings that are heated by electricity, the electric bills can be enormous - particularly where the tenants cannot control how much heat they are getting and the buildings are not energy efficient.
Where tenants can't pay their electric bills, should they face a cut-off of electricity (as would happen if they had a direct contract with Con Ed), or will they be evicted? The state's housing agency has a standard lease that lets landlords evict tenants. That should be changed.
Read excerpts from a FEDERAL (as opposed to STATE) court that just dismissed a case on technical grounds that Yonkers Riverview tenants brought against the federal government's HUD and the NYS Homes & Community Renewal (formerly DHCR) about submetering evictions.