Rent laws that protect all of us expire 6/15/19. This year we have a tenant-friendly legislature, and many of its members are cosponsoring nine bills that strengthen and expand the laws.
WE ALL HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. The governor and legislators need to see we care and how important this is for tenants. Four years ago we filled three buses—let's do it again!
- Paying market rate with a preferential rent? Your lower, preferential rent will be the basis of renewal increases, if any.
- Longtime tenant? The protections of rent stabilization will be extended. MCIs will no longer suck extra money from your wallet.
- Thinking of moving? You’ll get the right to renew the lease at your new place at a reasonable amount.
So get on the bus to Albany, Tues., May 14.
RSVP: By May 5, reserve your place online. Fill in Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village in the space for organization. Or call (212) 979-6958. Questions? Contact the TA Message Center at (866) 290-9036.
Learn more about how the laws affect ST/PCV.
Sign a petition.
Paying market rate? Longtime tenant? Join us for a rally and march to show Albany tenant strength. We need stronger and expanded rent laws this year.
Time: 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Where: Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th St. (betw. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and Lenox Ave.)
After the rally, we’ll march to the State Office Building on 125th St.
Let us know if you’re coming. If enough people sign up, we may get our own bus.
Whether you’re a longtime tenant or you’re paying a market-rate rent—we’ve got a law for you:
Paying a market-rate, preferential rent? Any increase should be based on that amount, not the higher legal rent in your lease. Don’t you want the right to renew your lease? Unless the law changes, you’ll lose that in June 2020. More than half of STPCV apartments have preferential rents.
Longtime rent-stabilized tenant? You need relief from MCIs, and you need rent stabilization to continue.
Tenants and advocates have mounted the Housing Justice for All campaign to expand and strengthen the rent laws. Nine bills address the housing crisis all over the state.
Who’s against us? Big Real Estate—and the politicians who take their money. Big Real Estate has big bucks, but tenants have votes. Tenants and their advocates have been lobbying hard in Albany, and the climate is right for the change and justice that tenants need and deserve.
Hope to see you at the rally. RSVP.
Can’t make it? What else you can do:
Twitter: @NYGovCuomo, @CarlHeastie, @AndreaSCousins
Hashtags: #TenantTuesday #TenantPower #UniversalRentControl #HousingIsAHumanRight #PredatoryEquity
Sign a pledge.
The Board of Directors of the STPCV Tenants Association endorses two candidates for positions on the board as recommended by the Nominating Committee. The election date is May 30, 2019.
Candidates endorsed by the Board include:
Alvin D. Doyle
Current member of the board of the Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, Al served as president of the TA for 23 years. During that time, he led bus trips to Albany when rent regulation laws were expiring, provided testimony year after year before the Rent Guidelines Board, and led rallies and protests. As vice president of H. M. Hughes Construction Company, he used his construction knowledge to assist the TA’s attorney to challenge numerous MCIs, most notably helping achieve a $3.9 million settlement on defective windows. Al continues to apply his long history of events to help the TA fight for affordability.
Current president of the Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, Susan spent her career as marketing director for major architectural and engineering firms in New York City. A member of the Tenants Association since 1997, she served as its vice president, executive president, and chair before being elected president in 2015. She is a vice chair of the Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee of Community Board 6. In addition, she serves on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Task Force and on the Mount Sinai Community Advisory Committee. In 2013, Susan received a New York State Senate Women of Distinction award, sponsored by NY State Senator Brad Hoylman.
The petitioning period to be a candidate for the board is now beginning. Interested candidates may seek a place on the ballot by submitting a petition signed by a minimum of thirty (30) members of the TA who are current in their dues as of the March 20, 2019, Record Date. No more than one candidate’s name may be included on any one petition.
Petitions must include signature, printed name, address, and apartment number. The Nominating Committee will judge the validity of all petitions. Petitioning ends on April 6, 2019.
Petition forms are available for download from the Tenants Association website. In addition to your petition, you must submit a document that includes:
- Your name, address (including apartment number), telephone, and email;
- A statement that you are 18 years of age or older; and
- A summary of your qualifications in 100 words or less.
On April 2, 2019, TA representatives will be available at the Community Center 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. to verify the membership status of petition signers.
Petitions and accompanying documentation should either be—
- postal mailed to Nominating Committee, ST/PCV Tenants Association, P.O. Box 1202, New York, NY 10009 and received at the post office no later than April 6, 2019; OR
- dropped in our drop box at Oval Services (17A Stuyvesant Oval), or the Community Center (449 East 14th Street, First Avenue Loop), or Zeichner’s Wines & Liquors (279 First Avenue) no later than 3:00 p.m., April 6, 2019; OR
- emailed in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 6, 2019.
Nominating Committee: Michael Lang, John J. Sheehy, Judith Miller, Patricia Levenson, and Patricia Sallin.
Ride the bus with the TA to fight for rent reform. Whether you’re a longtime tenant or a preferential renter, rent reform affects you.
Bills that give tenants relief have been written and are in committee in the state legislature. But we have to keep up the pressure—landlords are lobbying legislators too.
That’s why we’re going to Albany—to show legislators how important this is to us and tell them our stories.
A bus will leave at 6:45 a.m. from 235 Second Ave. (between 14th & 15th Sts.). Please arrive by 6:30 a.m. We’ll leave Albany at about 3 p.m. The trip takes about 3 hours. Appointments with legislators are being made, and there may be a rally.
RSVP by Saturday, Feb. 23, is a MUST: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXs6uE9lJxmE7VrJAsqu2O0iiiu-3irg6EONhwO0tI3hAnHA/viewform. The form allows you to add three additional friends or neighbors.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN’T GO TO ALBANY: You can “vote” on the state senate and assembly pages for each bill. Links at https://www.stpcvta.org/rent_laws_expire_2019
NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS
The Nominating Committee of the Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (the “TA”) is soliciting candidates for election to the TA’s Board of Directors. Five director positions are available. The election will take place in May 2019.
This is an excellent opportunity for the community-minded to participate in a meaningful leadership role and help make decisions that have a positive impact on your neighbors and yourself.
Deadline for submission of applications for Director is January 28, 2019.
Requirements for Director
- A resident of Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village
- 18 years of age or older
- Current member of the TA
In addition, candidates:
- Should be prepared to spend at least 20 hours each month on TA business
- Commit to a monthly board meeting and other phone or in-person TA meetings as needed
- Be prepared to participate in one or more TA committees
Candidates must submit documentation to the Nominating Committee by January 28, 2019, consisting of:
- A résumé or biography, maximum of two pages, stating relevant qualifications, including past community activities, or professional or work experience
- A brief statement of why you are interested in serving on the Board
- Best contact phone number and email address
Applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com
As of 1/14/19, it looks as though the L-pocalypse has been averted. Here are some ways to stay up-to-date and places to go for info:
Press release 1/3/19: “MTA Announces L Train Shutdown Averted”
The press release describes the new proposals for fixing the L train tunnel and gives bios for the review team that came up with the proposals.
L Project: On this website you can
- sign up for the L Project Weekly, an email update
- submit a comment
- find out what work has been completed and what is continuing
“L Project Changes: What You Need to Know”: Read the MTA fact sheet.
Gothamist: “Andy Byford Says He Won’t Be ‘Steamrolled’ into an Unsafe L Train Plan”
Office of the Governor: “Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Convenes Expert Panel to Present Recommendations for L Trains Tunnel Project”
Contains links to the video of the presentation
New York Times, Opinion: “Cuomo’s Risky L Train Fix” by Carmen Bianco, president of New York City Transit, 2013–2015
New York Times, “Is the Fix for the L Train Apocalypse Too Good to Be True?” by Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Winnie Hu
Spectrum News/NY1, Inside City Hall: “Experts on Team that Came Up with New L Train Repair Plan Break Down the Process”
Meet our new Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) at a special 13th Precinct event. Doors open at 6 p.m.—meeting starts at 7 p.m. Location: 41 Madison Ave. (lower level, between 25th & 26th Sts.)
Learn more about the program and ask questions you may have.
Det. Vincent Arlotta, (212) 477-7427, Vincent.Arlotta@nypd.org
P.O. John Considine, (212) 477-7427, John.Considine@nypd.org
NEW LOCATION—ADA accessible: MSBI Bernstein Pavilion, Podell Auditorium, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place
Between 15th & 16th Sts., one block west of First Ave.
Open mic Q&A—bring your questions
Lots to talk about!
- L train
- MCIs: we strike back
- Rent laws sunset in 2019: the fight for longtime and new tenants
- Quality of life issues: what we tell management
- New NYPD neighborhood policing, Oval noise survey and more
U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney
State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein
City Comptroller Scott Stringer
City Council Member Keith Powers
13th Precinct Community Liaison
The federal primary in June sprang some surprises, and the primaries at the state and local level in September are ripe for more, particularly on the Democratic side.
So—are you registered to vote at your current address? Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before an election for it to be effective for that election. Even if you don’t enroll in a party, you’ll still want to vote in the general election in November. It’s a big one for us: one U.S. Senator, member of Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, judges, and more.
ELECTIONS COMING UP
Thursday, Sept. 13: State and local primaries—on a Thursday
Tuesday, Nov. 6: General election
Note: To vote in a primary election you must (1) be registered to vote at your current address and (2) be enrolled in the official political party recognized by the NY State Board of Elections that is holding a primary.
REGISTER BY MAIL
- Download the Voter Registration Form (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Bengali).
- Voter Registration Forms with prepaid postage are also available at the Board of Elections, libraries, post offices, most New York City government agencies, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. To have a registration form mailed to you, call the Board of Elections at 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692).
- Fill out a Voter Registration Application using a pen with only blue or black ink. Be sure to sign the form.
- Mail the Voter Registration Form to: Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10004.
REGISTER IN PERSON
Register in person at any of the Board of Elections offices in the five boroughs.
Manhattan: 200 Varick Street (near W. Houston St.), 10th floor, 212-886-2100, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
If you have a New York State driver’s license or DMV-issued nondriver’s ID card, go to https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.
State and local primaries
Aug. 18 Last day to postmark a mail application. Aug. 22 Last day it must be received by Board of Elections.
Aug. 19 Last day an in-person application must be received by the Board of Elections.
Oct. 12 Last day to postmark a mail application. Oct. 17 Last day it must be received by the Board of Elections.
Oct. 12 Last day an in-person application must be received by the Board of Elections. If you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 13, you may register in person at the Board of Elections until October 27.
To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
- be a citizen of the United States (includes persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and naturalized citizens).
- be a New York City resident for at least 30 days by the time of election.
- be 18 years old by December 31 of the year the registration is filed (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary, or other election in which you want to vote).
- not be serving a prison sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
- not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).
The “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA) of 2002 requires all first-time voters who register by mail to provide additional identification either on or with the voter registration application, for example, the voter’s driver’s license number or the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number. If you do not have a driver’s license or Social Security number, you may use a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or some other government document that shows your name and address.