Friday, June 12, 2015

Vigil at Cuomo's Manhattan office, Sunday, 6/15, from 6-9 PM

Having been persuaded to drop "repealing vacancy deregulation" and revising billionaire tax break 421A from his list of musts,  Governor Cuomo is giving up the most important thing to save rent regulation. 

Instead, he proposes things that are either irrelevant or harmful.  (See the "read more" section below.)  

Let's try to persuade him back.  Come to a 

VIGIL on Sunday, June 14, 2015 (day before rent laws expire)
6-9 PM
at 633 Third Ave. (between 40th & 41st Streets) - the governor's Manhattan office
The Governor's proposal (refused by the Assembly's Democrats)  :

  • Raise the deregulation threshold from $2,500 to $2,700 (This is meaningless; see fact sheet we distributed in Albany on Tuesday.)
  • Put the Tenant Protection Unit (TPU)  in a statute.  (This is not really needed as the court has already approved the TPU, despite landlord appeal)
  • Landlords barred from applying for an MCI if there are more than a certain number of violations.  (THis is meaningless, especially considering how bad DHCR is on MCIs: the fines for violations are low, so the landlords pay the fines, then file for Major Capital Improvement increases.)
  • Increased fines for landlord harassment of tenants (completely meaningless:  judges are not imposing current fines, and tenants never win harassment cases in the first place).
  • 8-year extender of the rent regulation laws to 2023 (a disaster: there will be nothing left by then, and Cuomo will be long gone).
  • Straight extender of 421-a. (No change to the current tax breaks for billionaires
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