Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dec. 13 Rally - Success!

Photo by Steve Wishnia

Photo by Steve Wishnia

On Thursday, Dec.  13, 2012, about 50  tenants from  several R3 member groups - including ,CASA, Central Park Gardens Tenants'  Association,  the Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Make the Road NY, Met Council on Housing, PACC, and Tenants & Neighbors, among others -   rallied  outside Governor  Cuomo's  midtown office to call his  attention to  the need  for stronger HCR (DHCR)  enforcement of tenant  protections.   Shouting "Governor  Cuomo, keep your  promise!" and "Los inquilinos unidos  jamás serán  vencidos," the tenants marched in circles,  chanted, heard  their fellow-tenants speak about  unspeakable landlord  harassment of tenants, and even did a little singing.

Delivering 2,000+ postcards to Gov. Cuomo's aide

As Make the Road lead organizer (and on-the-spot Spanish-English translator extraordinaire) Hilary Klein wrote:  Lots of tenants "were there for about an hour - beginning with a short rally and then waiting for someone from the Governor's office to come down and receive the postcards.  Right when we were about to leave - we had decided to mail the postcards instead of leaving them at the lobby - Matt Wing from the Governor's office came down and took the postcards."