Saturday, October 29, 2016

McKee's Media - Oct. 28, 2016

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:


Mike McKee

Help elect pro-tenant candidates to the NYS Senate!

Tenants' PAC
 11 Days to the Tuesday, November 8 Election!
Election Day is 12 days from today. Tenants PAC needs YOU to help turn the New York State Senate BLUE. Developments nationally and locally in the last couple of weeks have enhanced our chances of flipping the state senate, but this will not happen without your help.

Tenants PAC needs you to volunteer to help Get Out The Vote in Nassau or Westchester County on Tuesday, November 8, and the weekend before (Saturday Nov. 5 & Sunday Nov. 6). Many elections are won or lost in the field during the last weekend. We need you to help door-knock, palm card, and engage in visibility efforts. We also need cars and drivers.

We also need you to contribute to help elect pro-tenant Democrats. Thanks to your generosity, Tenants PAC has now contributed an unprecedented $83,000 to ten pro-tenant state senate candidates in Nassau & Westchester Counties, in the Hudson Valley, and in western New York. We are trying to raise funds to do one last round of contributions.

To volunteer for GOTV, or for information:

To contribute, click here.

McKee's Media - Oct. 26, 2016

Tenants' PAC
Help elect a REAL Democratic New York State Senate
Our friends at Citizen Action and Greater NYC for Change are offering opportunities to phone bank from Manhattan and Brooklyn, and to door-knock, to help elect progressive Democrats to the New York State Senate. Greater NYC for Change is sponsoring phone banks tonight and next Wednesday, in Chelsea. Phone banks are available other evenings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Bring a charged cell phone. You can also sign up for door-knocking. Click on the links below for more information.  

Wednesday, November 2nd: Sign up under "Manhattan Phonebanking Opportunities."

Tenants PAC is still trying to raise funds to make one more round of contributions to several of our endorsed pro-tenant candidates. This is crunch time: the election is 13 days away. To contribute, click here.

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:




McKee's Media, Oct. 25, 2016

Tenants' PAC
The statewide election is two weeks from today: Tuesday, November 8.
The fate of our rent protection laws rides on the outcome of several competitive elections for state senate in Nassau County, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and Western New York. Tenants PAC needs YOUR help to turn the New York State Senate BLUE.

To volunteer to help Get Out The Vote for pro-tenant candidates in Nassau & Westchester Counties, email action@tenantspac.orgTo donate to help elect pro-tenant Democrats, click on this link.
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

New law: Those who place ads for illegal "AirBnB"-type rentals will be fined

McKee's Media - Oct. 20, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and others to crack down on scofflaw "sharing" companies like Airbnb that are exacerbating our affordable housing crisis. It is now Chapter 396 of the Laws of 2016. People who advertise to rent apartments for less than 30 days will now be subject to stiff fines. This is a terrific victory and is a credit to all the activists and groups working on this issue. Thanks to Linda Rosenthal and State Senator Andrew Lanza of Staten Island, as well as all the other legislators who co-sponsored the bill. And thanks to Governor Cuomo for doing the right thing on this one.

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Landlords collect tax breaks even when not keeping homes affordable

Where is the poor, struggling landlord of rent stabilized housing?

Corruption allegations




The statewide election for New York State Senate is only 18 days away: Tuesday, November 8. Tenants PAC is still trying to raise funds to make additional contributions to pro-tenant candidates. We are also recruiting volunteers to help Get Out The Vote in Nassau County and Westchester County. Help us turn the state senate BLUE.

To volunteer, or for more info: 

Mike McKee

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

McKee's Media - Sept. 30, 2016

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

City Limits: Chinatown, Lower East Side groups push City to embrace their community-developed rezoning plan

Gotham Gazette: Questions left unanswered after hearing on Rivington debacle

Daily News: Trump making no effort to win New York; Cuomo tries to change the subject after arrest of his pals

McKee's Media - September 29, 2016 - and mroe

McKee's Media - Sept. 29, 2016

Articles of Interest to tenant advocates:

New York Times: City Council holds hearing on bill to provide lawyers to low-income tenants facing eviction

The Real Deal: Citi Habitats bows to landlord pressure and ends partnership with service that rates landlords

News 12: 825 Gerard Avenue tenants fight "worst landlord" Ved Parkash over deplorable conditions

McKee's Media -Sept. 21, 2016

Articles of Interest to tenant advocates:

Brick Underground: Bill would guarantee legal representation to tenants in eviction proceedings
(City Council public hearing on the bill, Intro 214, is Monday morning: rally 9:30 am, hearing 10:00 am, at City Hall)

New York Times editorial: A right to a lawyer to save your home

Politico New York: Tenants seek to intervene in landlord lawsuit against the rent freeze

New York Times: Top aides to Governor Andrew Cuomo indicted on federal corruption charges

Can tenants help turn the state senate blue?

The national election on November 8, 2016 is between Donald Trump, whose candidacy has been marked by his misogynistic, anti-Muslim, anti-Black, anti-Latino statements, and Hillary Clinton, a feminist who has worked for affordable health care for children and adults, and who voted with Bernie Sanders some 93% of the time.  The federal elections will determine the overall fate of our country.  

The STATE elections may determine the fate of tenants.   See Michael McKee's article below.