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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tenants Need Fair Elections in NY State

Let's stop landlords from using our rents to subsidize votes against tenants in Albany.  Enough irony; let's act. 
Rally for Fair Elections!  

Join R3, the NAACP, 1199SEIU, Greenpeace, and other labor, tenant, and community leaders
to demand Fair Elections in NY State.

Wednesday, April 3rd @ 5:30pm || SEIU Auditorium || 310 W 43rd Street NY, NY 10036

Get Mayoral Candidates to Address Housing & Homelessness


Mayoral Candidates 2013 so far
In 2013, there will be Municipal elections for: Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough Presidents and City Council members.  With this as a backdrop, housing, tenant and homeless advocates from a number of organizations have developed a comprehensive set of “policy platforms” to urge candidates to address in their campaigns and to enact if so elected.  Some of the coalitions involve include “United to End Homelessness,” “Our City, Our Homes” and “Housing First.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tenant Festivities (& Fundraising)

Cong. Hakeem Jeffries
Join the fun - and help raise money for tenant advocates:

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Tenants & Neighbors' Spring Fundraising Party
  • Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Met Council on Housing's Reception for Cong. Hakeem Jeffries
Click on "read more" for the invitations.

Monday, March 11, 2013

UPDATE: RGB No Longer Missing a Tenant Rep

Harvey Epstein Appointed to RGB
(This article was originally published in the April 2013 edition of Tenant/Inquilino)

On April 1 Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally filled a vacancy on the city Rent Guidelines Board by appointing attorney Harvey Epstein as a tenant member. He replaces Adriene Holder, who resigned in 2012 and was a formidable tenant advocate for the last 11 years.

Epstein, associate director of the Urban Justice Center, joins Brian Cheigh as one of two tenant representatives on the nine-member board. There are also two landlord representatives and five so-called public members, including the chair, Jonathan Kimmel. All are appointed by the mayor. A bill introduced in the state Legislature would require RGB nominees to be confirmed by the City Council. 
The RGB will take a preliminary vote April 30 on one-year and two-year rent adjustments for rent-stabilized apartments. There will be a public hearing June 13, and the final vote will be on June 20

Harvey EpsteinEpstein came to the Urban Justice Center in 2007, when he became director of its Community Development Project. This project represents community organizations throughout the city on issues including housing struggles, through litigation, legal assistance, and research. Before then, he supervised staff attorneys and organizers at Housing Conservation Coordinators in Hell’s Kitchen. A graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, he also worked at Queens Legal Services and at the Harlem Community Law Offices of the Legal Aid Society. He served two years as chair of Community Board 3 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Because Bloomberg has consistently appointed public members who are against rent stabilization, and because the five public members form a majority on the board and usually vote as a bloc, it is important that the tenant members be strong advocates. With Brian Cheigh and Harvey Epstein, tenants will be well represented.

Original post below.

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R3 supports the letter that Tenants & Neighbors has written to Mayor Bloomberg protesting the ongoing vacant "tenant" seat on the Rent Guidelines Board - whose first meeting is set for March 14, 2013.