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With less than three weeks left in session, it's up to tenants to force our representatives in Albany to close the loophole that allows landlords to give virtually unlimited amounts to campaigns.

This has to end if we're going to win real reform in Albany. 

EVENT DETAILS On Wednesday, June 12, join the Tenant Movement in demanding Fair Elections in
Albany, including the end to the loopholes that allow the Landlord Lobby to drown
out our voices.
Sign up to reserve a seat on the bus HERE.
Contact us at or 212-979-6238 x 203 for more info.

Press Release: R3 Launches Push to Close LLC Loophole


For Immediate Release: May 22, 2013 Contact: Karthik Ganapathy, 881-3784 Rent Reform Advocates release two policy memos on Tenant Day of Action MEMOS
ALBANY—Bringing together tenants, advocacy organizations, and community groups at a rally on the steps of the State Capitol Building, the Real Rent Reform Campaign today launched a push to restore integrity in New York elections by closing the so-called LLC loophole that allows wealthy real estate developers to skirt campaign finance laws. Releasing two policy memos outlining how real estate barons like Leonard Litwin of Glenwood Management have exploited the loophole to flood our elections with millions of dollars in extra political contributions, the R3 Campaign pressured lawmakers in Albany to close the loophole as part of legislation to reform campaign finance laws.
“It is unconscionable for state leaders to ignore this issue, and continue allowing wealth…



Tenants were loud and clear on Tenant Lobby Day, thanks to everyone that helped make Tenant Lobby Day a great experience. Thanks especially to members of Association of Tenants of Lincoln Towers, Community Voices Heard, Goddard-Riverside, Met Council on Housing, Mount Vernon Tenants United, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy, Pratt Area Community Council, West Harlem Progressive Democrats, West Side Neighborhood Alliance, and the West Side SRO Law Project (let us know if we left out your organization)!

R3 coordinator and Met Council on Housing executive director Jaron Benjamin was on Liz Benjamin's Capital Tonight TV show and on Susan Arbetter's radio show - Capitol Pressroom - to discuss why passing a fair elections package that closes the "LLC Loophole" would
benefit tenants. You can see the full TV interview HERE. And an extra special thanks to Red Horse Strategies for setting it up!

If you didn't make it to Albany Wednesday, you missed a great rally with anti-…

Next R3 Meeting: Monday, May 20 at 6:30, Upper West Side


When: Monday, May 20 6:30-8:30pm
Where: 593 Columbus Ave,  (Goddard-Riverside Community Center) Getting there: 1BC to 86th Street    We'll discuss Tenant Lobby Day and the proposed rent-hikes - focusing on thePeople's RGB Hearing on June 5th and RGB's fuzzy math in calculating rent increases.

People's RGB - Wed., June 5 at 5:30 PM


Since the Rent Guidelines Board isn't holding a hearing in the Bronx to hear from Bronx tenants, CASA is hosting its own: 

Wed., June 5, 2013
5:30 PM
New Settlement Community Ctr.
1501 Jerome Ave. at 172nd St., Bronx
D or 4 Train to 170th St.

Let's show them what rents would look like with fair process.
RSVP to Susanna at CASA, 718-716-8000, ext. 125
Click here for a flyer in Spanish and English.
For many years, the RGB - appointed by Mayor Bloomberg - has voted for excessive rent increases that are unaffordable to tenants throughout NYC. Some tenants have stopped showing up to testify because the rent increases keep coming, despite years of protesting and testimony. The RGB doesn't pay attention to the people. Enough is Enough! This year the RGB refused to host a hearing in the Bronx to hear from Bronx tenants—so we are hosting our own!! We will be joined by elected officials, the media and some members of the rent guidelines board. Come to The People’s RGB!Le…

Public Hearing on Campaign Finance Reform Held Without the Public


NY Times
Public Hearing in Albany Is Held Without the Public
Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times\
By  and , Published: May 7, 2013 ALBANY — Something was missing at a public hearing held by the State Senate on Tuesday to examine New York City’s campaign finance system: the public.

Even before the hearing began, government watchdog groups complained that Republicans who led the panel would not allow them to testify.

R3's Facilitator in the News


"A Maestro At The Met"

by Eleanor J. Bader
     “I work all the time,” Jaron Benjamin, the new executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Housing (better known as Met Council) says with a laugh. As if to shrug off the magnitude of the job—nothing less than revitalizing the nearly-moribund tenant movement throughout the five boroughs—the 33-year-old Bed-Stuy resident says he’ll take it one day at a time. Nonetheless, Benjamin makes it clear that he understands the enormity of the task. Petition--Stop Luxury Towers on NYCHA Property


According to GOLES, "Friends of Meltzer"--a group of residents who live near the Meltzer Towers--strongly oppose the City's proposal to build luxury towers on NYCHA property. They've started a petion: sign it HERE.

For more information, contact Julian Morales at


Petitioning The U.S. Senate  The New York City Housing Authority: Stop NYCHA's proposed Infill plan to build luxury housing. Petition by Friends of Meltzer