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

Sign an on-line petition

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.

Submit written testimony. Not sure what to write?
See the tenant platform at 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 [email protected] or [email protected], or fax to (518) 426-6956.

Civil disobedience
: Go to Albany on June 4; get arrested. Lock arms, sit down, block offices. RSVP: [email protected]

Go to Albany on June 4
—support those getting arrested.
RSVP: [email protected]

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.

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

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

Thurs., May 30, 6:30 p.m.: Tenants Association Annual Meeting. Election of Board Members & Other Tenant Business.

If you stopped to talk to us at the flea market
. . . you’ve been getting our eblasts
. . . you’re a member of our Facebook page

We hope you’ll join us at our annual meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is the election of board members (paper ballots were mailed to those who were members as of March 20, 2019).

Board members will be providing updates on such vital topics as:

  • Albany: How state rent regulation reform is going—new laws that will affect all of us
  • Where we stand on outstanding MCIs—such as hot water heaters
  • Update on the East 20th Street reconfiguration and new construction for flood protection
  • Quality-of-life issues addressed with management

There will be a brief Q & A.

Date: Thurs., May 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
PlaceMount Sinai Beth Israel / Bernstein Pavilion / Podell Auditorium, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place (between 15th and 16th Streets, one block west of First Avenue)


Posted 5/24/19

Tues., May 14—Bus to Albany for Stronger Rent Laws. If You Pay Rent, This Trip’s for You!

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.

Posted 4/26/19

Thurs., April 11, 5:30 p.m.: Tenants Rally and March for Rent Law Reform—Laws Expire June 15, 2019.

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:

Email Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Twitter: @NYGovCuomo, @CarlHeastie, @AndreaSCousins

Hashtags: #TenantTuesday #TenantPower #UniversalRentControl  #HousingIsAHumanRight #PredatoryEquity

Sign a pledge.


Posted 4/7/19


Petitioning Period Begins for 2019 Election to the STPCV TA Board of Directors

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.

Susan Steinberg
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 [email protected] no later than April 6, 2019.

Nominating Committee: Michael Lang, John J. Sheehy, Judith Miller, Patricia Levenson, and Patricia Sallin.


Posted 3/14/19


Wed., Feb. 27: Albany Lobby Day—Rent Laws Expire June 2019. RSVP by Feb. 23.

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: The form allows you to add three additional friends or neighbors.

Rent reform is a comprehensive statewide program. To read about how STPCV is affected:

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

Posted 2/16/19

2019 TA Board Election Notice


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

Application Requirements
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 protected]

L Train: Get Info, Stay Up-to-Date

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.

Recent media:
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” 

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018: Neighborhood Policing Meet & Greet

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, [email protected]


P.O. John Considine, (212) 477-7427, [email protected]

Open Meeting for ST & PCV Residents: Saturday, September 29, 2–4 p.m.

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

Confirmed speakers:
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