Monday, October 20, 2014

Election Alert: not many days to go!

Tenants Political Action Committee:

On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, there will be a statewide election for governor, lieutenant governor, state comptroller, attorney general, and all 213 seats in the state legislature.

Help the Democrats take control of the New York State Senate to reverse the phaseout of our rent protection laws, and win pro-tenant reforms. If the Republicans are in control again, we are in serious trouble when the rent laws come up for renewal next June.  You can phonebank (see below), contribute money, and knock on doors. 
Tenants PAC has six priority races, and they are all north of New York City. This week we sent a total of $27,000 in contributions to five of these candidates. (We had already given the sixth candidate the maximum allowed, $10,300.) We need to make additional contributions in the next two weeks, and we need your financial support to be able to do so.


Three Democratic incumbents have supported us even though they have no rent regulated housing in their districts, and they have all been targeted by the Republicans for defeat: Cecilia Tkaczyk in a sprawling rural district west and south of Albany, Terry Gipson in the upper Hudson Valley, and Ted O’Brien in Rochester.

A fourth pro-tenant incumbent, George Latimer of Westchester County, has been targeted by the Republicans, who are spending big, attacking George on his support for gender expression and the state DREAM Act.

Our fifth priority is Justin Wagner, a Democrat running for an open seat in the lower Hudson Valley. Two years ago Justin almost beat Greg Ball, who is not running for re-election. Justin’s GOP opponent this time is a hyper-conservative. This seat is clearly a possible Democratic pickup.

Just this week Tenants PAC endorsed Marc Panepinto, a pro-tenant Democrat running in a four-way race in the City of Buffalo and suburbs. This seat is also a great opportunity for a Democratic pickup, as the Republican incumbent lost the September 9 primary to an extreme right wing candidate, and there is also a fourth candidate running on the Conservative Party line in a district with a Democratic enrollment edge.

The Real Estate Board of New York is pumping a ton off landlord money into defeating Tkaczyk, Gipson and Wagner. No doubt REBNY will target additional Democratic candidates in the next two weeks.

Many of you have been very generous already, and we thank you. We need to raise another $5,000 in the next ten days to help elect these six pro-tenant candidates.

Can you help with the most generous contribution you can make at this time? If you have made a donation to Tenants PAC recently, we urge you to do so again. If you have not yet donated this year, now is the time. The possibility of winning a Democratic majority in the State Senate rests with these six races. The stakes are enormously high.

While tenants can never match the amount of money landlords can throw at candidates, our targeted financial contributions have been crucial in past elections, and can make a difference in the remaining 17 days. In the last two months we have received hundreds of donations from tenants like you, ranging from $10 to $1,000. It all adds up.

ANOTHER MATCHING GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Two anonymous donors have pledged to match all new donations up to a total of $1,000 in the next ten days. So your contribution to Tenants PAC will be doubled.

Please mail your check, payable to Tenants PAC, to Tenants PAC, 277 Broadway, Suite 608, New York, N.Y. 10007.

You can make a secure on-line contribution at  Contributions to Tenants PAC are not deductible from federal income tax. Please do not delay, as time is very short.

Thanks for you support, and on to victory. Please email me if you have questions.

In solidarity,

Michael McKee
Tenants Political Action Committee

P.S. Tenants PAC enthusiastically endorses Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for re-election. Both have been very strong supporters of tenants. Tenants PAC has not made any endorsement for governor.

Phone Bank to Make the Senate  Pro-Tenant

Join Democratic activists across Manhattan
to phone bank on behalf of Democratic candidates
over the next two weeks and help take back
the NY State Senate!
Click on "read more" for when, where, why, and how. 

WHEN:    Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 – 8 pm
         Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 – 8 pm
         Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 – 8 pm
         Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 – 8 pm

WHERE:   Campaign Office of Senator Brad Hoylman
80 Eighth Avenue, Ste. 1802
(corner of 14th Street)

WHY:     We need to take back the State Senate to defend a woman’s right to choose, establish campaign finance reform, renew and strengthen our rent laws, ban hydrofracking, protect transgender rights, pass a decent minimum wage, support immigration reform, institute tax fairness and other progressive reforms!

RSVP:    Call Max Markham at (917) 572-0033 or email to sign up

Paid for by Hoylman for Senate
80 Eighth Avenue
Suite 1802
New YorkNY 10011 United States

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