Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tenant/Inquilino: Cuomo sides with landlords; Heastie stance unclear

Cuomo Openly Sides With Landlords;
Wants No Changes to Rent Laws, 421-a
Michael McKee
Published: May 2015

Andrew Cuomo finally said something about the expiring rent laws. On April 21, the governor told reporters that both the 421-a tax break for developers and the rent laws covering New York City and Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland counties should be renewed. Both laws expire June 15. 

Then in an April 24 speech to the Association for a Better New York, chaired by real estate developer Bill Rudin, Cuomo told the assembled business elite that the turmoil resulting from federal probes into legislative corruption might make it hard to accomplish more than renewing 421-a and the rent laws without any changes. “We can’t live without 421-a,” Cuomo told the ABNY members. “Many people want changes to 421-a, and in truth there’s a good case to be made that 421-a does need changes.” He said he would be better able to negotiate if Albany was in “a little bit more of a stable situation.”

Get in touch with your legislators, even if they support tenants and even if you have done so already. Write a letter to Governor Cuomo. Recruit your neighbors. Get on a bus to Albany on Tuesday, May 27 and/or Tuesday, June 9. And show up at your Rent Guidelines Board meetings. 

For more information, get in touch with Ilana Maier at (212)979-6238 or 

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