Upcoming Events


Tue, Oct 30th 7pm- Housing Justice Town Hall: Bay RidgePS/IS 30, the Mary White Ovington School 7002 4th Ave Brooklyn
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Mon, Nov 12th 1-4pm- Canvasing for Universal Rent Laws in the Bronx
Meeting at Burger King 3500 Boston Rd
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Thu, Nov 15th 4:30pm - Whose Side Are You On?
Meeting at Beaver St and Broadway
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Can you help phone bank? 
What would happen if we could invite every tenant in NYC to an event? If you are like me, you may wonder why in a city of 1 million rent stabilized households, we do not see hundreds of people showing up at every hearing and rally.  As t

Ossining Opts Into Rent Stabilization


On September 5, the trustees of the Westchester County village of Ossining voted to opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, in the first major expansion of rent stabilization in New York’s suburbs since 1981. 
The 3-2 vote by the village board came after more than ten years of campaigning by tenant advocates. Ossining corporation counsel Stuart Kahan said more than 1,800 apartments in the village of 25,000 people on the Hudson River would be eligible for coverage. 
Most municipalities in Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester counties enacted rent stabilization in the 1970s by opting into the ETPA. In the Village of Hempstead, on Long Island, it was delayed until 1981 because of Republican control of the local legislature. Since then, the only places in the three suburban counties to opt in have been two Westchester villages, Croton-on- Hudson in 2003 and Rye in 2006. But as their laws apply only to buildings with 50 or more units, they cover just one building in each village…

IDC Wiped Out: Six of the Eight Turncoat State Senate Democrats Go Down in Primary


The crowd at the Bronx Ale House erupted in cheers and shouts. Some danced or jumped up and down, although the bar was so crowded that could have gotten someone hurt. Every eye was focused on one of several video screens, some tuned to New York 1, some to Bronx News 12. 
When the victor in the primary for the 34th state Senate district was declared, the response was deafening. Alessandra Biaggi had upset incumbent Jeff Klein for the Bronx-Westchester seat, winning 55 percent of the vote. 
Klein was the founder of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue senators who entered into a power-sharing arrangement with the Republicans that enabled the GOP to keep control of the chamber even during the two years (2013-2014) when the Democrats held a 33-30 majority. They claimed credit for some progressive half-measures and things that a Democratic majority would have passed anyway, but their move was directly responsible for killing numerous progressive bills, including all legi…

Legislature Adjourns Without Acting on Tenant Bills


Republished from the July/August 2018 Tenant/Inquillino Newspaper

By:  Michael McKee Published:  July 2018
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson addresses a rally of New York City loft tenants in Albany May 22, supporting a bill to prevent loft evictions over the coming months. Johnson led a delegation of tenants who came from the city and Nassau and Westchester counties to push for stronger rent laws. Assemblymember Maritza Davila (D-Brooklyn) is at leftThe 2018 session of the New York State Legislature ended with a whimper, not a bang. For the first time in years, there was no “Big Ugly” bill that swept up numerous unrelated issues in a last-minute grand trade between the two houses.  This strange outcome derived from an impasse in the state Senate, where the Republicans maintain a 32-31 majority with the help of turncoat Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn. But when GOP Senator Tom Croci of Suffolk County returned to active duty in the Navy in May, the Republicans found that they could …

New York Times Explains Problems with the Rent Laws