Showing posts from March, 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


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.”

Tenant Festivities (& Fundraising)


Join the fun - and help raise money for tenant advocates:

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

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
Epstein came to the Urban …