Before June 15: Things You Can Still Do for Rent Reform

PAINLESS 
Sign an on-line petition 

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stand-with-tenants-and-help-us-make-history

REALLY EASY—PHONE THE ELECTEDS 
Governor Andrew Cuomo
: give your zip code (his office tracks this info)
(518) 474-8390 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: at both his offices
(518) 455-3791 and (718) 654-6539 

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins: at both her offices
(518) 455-2585 and (914) 423-4031

Senator Brian Kavanagh, Chair, Senate Housing Committee: Brian owes us for voting for him all the years he was in the Assembly! Now it’s payback time.
Call all 3 offices: (212) 298-5565, (718) 875-1517, and (518) 455-2625

Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair, Assembly Housing Committee
Thank him for holding hearings where tenants could share their concerns with the committee.
(518) 455-5214 and (718) 743-4078

TALKING POINTS: Thank the governor or legislator for what s/he’s done so far for tenants. Then say you’re a rent-stabilized tenant in STPCV and you’re counting on him/her to support all 9 bills. That includes the MCI bill, the IAI bill, making preferential rent the base rent, and good-cause eviction since over 5,000 apartments are soon to be deregulated in our community.

MORE FROM HOME 
Submit written testimony. Not sure what to write?
See the tenant platform at housingjusticeforall.org to emphasize what’s important to you. For info on how STPCV is affected, see the TA website under Resources, Rent Laws Expire 2019. Be sure to include why this matters to you personally, the more heart-rending the better. Submit to kavanagh@nysenate.gov or stair@nysenate.gov, or fax to (518) 426-6956.

REALLY COMMITTED 
Civil disobedience
: Go to Albany on June 4; get arrested. Lock arms, sit down, block offices. RSVP: andrea@metcouncilonhousing.org

SUPPORTIVE 
Go to Albany on June 4
—support those getting arrested.
RSVP: andrea@metcouncilonhousing.org

STILL HAVE ENERGY? ACT FOR THE RENT GUIDELINES BOARD—BEFORE THE FIX IS IN
CATHARTIC 
Attend the final vote of the RGB on Tuesday, June 25
, at Cooper Union. Join other city tenants in expressing your outrage—the louder the better. Wear your TA T-shirt. Vote is scheduled for 7 p.m., rally beforehand. Proposed range of increases.

CREATIVE JUICES 
Submit written testimony. Landlords have been consistently making a profit. You have not. Make it personal. By mail: Chair, NYC Rent Guidelines Board, 1 Centre Street, Suite 2210, New York, NY 10007. Online. Fax: (212) 669-7488

DRAMA KINGS AND QUEENS 
Testify in person: You get 2 minutes. Hearing is Thursday, June 20, 5–8 p.m., at 127 West 127th St. Call (212) 669-7480 by noon, Wednesday, June 19, to register to speak, or register when you arrive. Or just attend to support other tenants.

 

Posted 5/30/19


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