Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Has your Assembly Member sent a letter like A.M. O'Donnell's to Speaker Silver?

Don't let J-51 be renewed with tenant protections!

Ask your Assembly Member to send a letter like the one by Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell to Speaker Sheldon Silver.  Read it below.



     THE ASSEMBLY                                
STATE OF NEW YORK          
            ALBANY                                  
                                                                                   
                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                       


DANIEL O'DONNELL
Member of Assembly
69th Assembly District                                                                                                                    
       

June 26, 2012

Speaker Sheldon Silver
LOB 932
Albany, NY 12248 

Dear Speaker Silver,

I write to share concerns with a new piece of legislation, A10798, which is currently awaiting action in the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.  As you are aware, I am a cosponsor of this bill, and of your earlier, related legislation, A10071, which would have extended crucial tax abatements to co-op and condo owners in New York City.

Recently, the content of A10071 was included in the new bill, A10798, and I agreed to cosponsor the new legislation to show support for efforts to extend this essential tax abatement.  However, I was unaware that additional language was included in A10798 to extend tax benefits for real estate developers through the J-51 program, while neglecting to include any additional protections for the many rental tenants in my district and around New York City.

I believe it is imperative that before we return to Albany and take action on A10798, this bill must be amended.  It should include vital tenant protections currently not incorporated in the text.  Some possibilities include reforms of the Rent Guidelines Board to make it more accountable, inclusion of rent controlled tenants under the Rent Guidelines Board for lease renewal purposes, protection for tenants with "preferential rents" from large increases, and a significant readjustment for how Major Capital Improvement Increases are dealt with, similar to the changes i my bill, A2459A, would institute.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  I look forward to continuing to work with you to protect New York's tenants and improve the welfare of our communities.

Very truly yours, 

Daniel O'Donnell
Assembly Member


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