On March 22, 2018, the New York City Council passed Resolution 188-A and Intro 600-A.
The resolution declares that NYC still has a housing emergency (a vacancy rate under 5%). Now that it has passed the City Council, the city rent control law (what's left of it) has been renewed for three years, until April 1, 2021.
The intro renews the NYC Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 for three years, until April 1, 2021. The mayor must sign this bill into law. Stand by for notice of the bill-signing hearing.
The vote on Intro 600-A was 47 yes, 1 no. The negative vote was cast by Republican Council Member Steve Matteo from Staten Island. The vote on Res. 188-A was 48-0. (Three of the 51 Council members were absent.)
Before the City Council meeting, there was a lively rally on the steps of City Hall with Speaker Corey Johnson, the sponsor of both Res. 188-A and Intro 600-A. In a passionate speech, Speaker Johnson called on Albany to close loopholes in the rent laws, which the City Council cannot do because it lacks home rule power over rents and evictions. He pledged to help tenants keep the pressure on the governor and legislature. Other speakers, including tenant advocates and Council members, blasted Governor Cuomo for his inaction on rent reform.
The City Council also passed the Jerome Avenue rezoning plan.