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Call Your Assembly Member Today!


A. 10798 renews J-51 - a tax break for landlords - and provides additonal tax breaks to wealthy developers. But it has NO significant protections for tenants.  (Speaker Sheldon Silver had promised 4!)

Don't let  A. 10798 get passed if the NYS Legislature is called back into session before midnight on December 31, 2012. That could happen since Governor Cuomo has mentioned dealing with gun laws. 

Contact your Assembly Member* now to stop it :  

No tax breaks for landlords w/o significant protections for tenants!
*To find who  represents you, click here.

New State Senate Democratic Leader


TENANTS PAC on the  ELECTION of ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS as SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER Statement by Michael McKee of Tenants PAC in Support of Andrea Stewart-Cousins Treasurer of the Tenants Political Action Committee Praises New Leader of the Senate Democrats
“We are delighted that the Senate Democrats have elected Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as their leader.
We worked closely with the senator when she was a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators during the 1997 rent law war. She stood arm-in-arm with us when then-Senate Republican Leader Joe Bruno stated that he would not allow a vote to renew the expiring rent laws. And, she stood up for us again in 2003 when those pro-tenant rent laws were up for renewal in Albany, in both years sponsoring town hall meetings throughout her district to alert tenants to the expiring laws and recruit tenants in the campaign to preserve them. Time and again, her office filled buses with tenants and sent them to Albany to show wealthy landlor…

Dec. 13 Rally - Success!


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.

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 postcard…

Dec. 13 Rally for Stronger Rent Regulations


Stand Up for Tenants Rights
Join us for a rally and delegation to deliver thousands of postcards calling for stronger rent regulations to protect tenants and NYC's affordable housing.

When:    Thursday, December 13, 2012 at noon
Where:   633 Third Ave. (Office of Gov. Cuomo)
 Cross streets:  E. 41st St.
                         Take the 4, 5, 6, or 7 train to Grand Central.

Click here to download a postcard (English and Spanish) . 

Please join Make the Road NY,  Tenants & Neighbors,  the Pratt Area Community Council, CASA/New Settlement, the R3 Campaign, and other organizations in calling for big changes to HCR’s rent regulations!