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Saturday, October 4, 2014

REBNY $$$ trying to defeat pro-tenant candidates

Michael McKee writes: "All three of the Democratic candidates that the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is targeting for defeat are pro-tenant, and are priorities for Tenants PAC. "

CRAIN'S INSIDER

REBNY jumps into Senate battle

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OCTOBER 2, 2014 4:32 P.M.

Jobs for New York Inc., an outside spending group that poured $8 million into New York City’s 2013 elections, is now poised to help Republicans in the high-stakes battle for the state Senate, records show.
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The treasurer of the new state-level group is William Auerbach, the chief financial officer for the Real Estate Board of New York, which ran the 2013 city-election effort for the real estate industry. On Wednesday, records show, Jobs for New York's city-level committee transferred nearly $9,000 in leftover funds into its new state-level unit.

Senate Republicans, who are struggling to hang on to power in Albany, have pursued policies friendly to the real estate industry, while Democrats are mulling pro-tenant policies if they regain the Senate. With the state Assembly solidly in Democratic hands, the outcome of the races for the Senate will determine the fate of many bills in the next two years. For instance, REBNY opposes a bill that Manhattan state Sen. Brad Hoylman recently introduced to raise taxes on pricey apartments whose owners' primary residences are elsewhere.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Stop the "Poor Door"!

Download a petition to stop the Poor Door!

Separate doors and amenities for different classes of tenants are as abhorrent as separate water fountains. 

Our city is great because all walks of life and all social classes rub elbows daily.  We are weakened when social class and the resulting racial and ethnic segregation are imposed by short-sighted developers.

We trust and urge that the new administration, having inspired us with its promise to end the "tale of two cities," will block such segregated developments and ensure a single future for all New Yorkers. 
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Send the petition to R3 c/o Met Council on Housing, 339 Lafayette St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10012

Friday, July 25, 2014

R3 meeting July 28 - Tenant actions NOW, and preparing for 2015

MEMBERSHIP MEETING MONDAY, JULY 28
What: Real Rent Reform Meeting
When: Monday, July 28, 7-9pm
Where: Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave (at 88th Street) in Manhattan

For more information, contact Joseph Loonam atjoseph@metcouncilonhousing.org.

For many of us, last month's Rent Guidelines Board final vote was hard to watch. The increase was the lowest in history - but still an increase instead of a rent freeze: 1% increase for one year renewals and 2.75% increase for two year renewals passed.  

It does show the Tenant Movement is alive and well. There's a tough fight ahead - in June of 2015, the rent laws will expire and the tenant movement has a great chance to repeal vacancy deregulation.  

Let's transform the energy directed at this year's RGB fight and direct it towards saving the rent laws!