Latest News from the Tenants Association
Hundreds of tenants attended the April 25, 2015, Stuyvesant Town - Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association open meeting dedicated solely to the renewal and strengthening of rent regulations. An audio version of that meeting is available here.
Here’s our promised follow-up with further information and announcements of activities to come. Refer to this post for ongoing updates and scroll down to see what you can do.
Call to Action Letter
You have already received our Call to Action letter. It sets forth the basic issues we are fighting for and includes three letters—to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Carl Heastie, and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. We urge all tenants to either personalize in writing (best), or download and personalize, or sign and send (both also good). The letters may also be found here.
A successful campaign combines a mix of messaging mediums and your participation. Sign the Change.org online petition started by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh here.
IMPORTANT ADVOCACY EVENTS
Some dates for major events were changed from our Call to Action letter and have now been finalized. Please calendar these events.
Wednesday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. - noon—IMPORTANT!
Rally at Governor Cuomo’s Manhattan office
Meet in front of 633 Third Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets. Make sure the governor knows he must help strengthen the rent laws.
Thursday, May 14, 5:00 p.m.
Rally to Save One Million Homes
Rally at Foley Square
6:30 p.m.: March across Brooklyn Bridge, rain or shine.
Directions to Foley Square (where the courthouses are):
Take the 4, 5, or 6 Lexington Avenue subway to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (uptown end of train). You may also take the M9 or M103 bus to Park Row and Worth Street.
Join other renters from around the city in a tremendous show of strength.
Monday, June 8, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Rent Guidelines Board
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), Elebash Recital Hall
Want to talk directly to the members of the RGB instead of venting online? Tell them in person—you’ll have about 3 minutes.
Call (212) 385-2934 to register to speak.
Tuesday, June 9, ALL DAY—SUPER IMPORTANT!
Bus Trip to Albany
Get on the free coach bus! Take a ride to Albany to lobby state officials to strengthen rent laws. Advance registration required. Details to come.
Wednesday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.
Final Vote of the Rent Guidelines Board
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at corner of Third Avenue, basement.
The RGB will announce the final decision for rent increases for leases starting October 1.
WANT TO DO SOMETHING MORE?
Phone, email, and tweet at these key players. Tell them you want the rent laws strengthened, not just renewed.
Governor Cuomo’s office: (518) 474-8390
Contact him using his online form: https://www.governor.ny.gov/contact and choose the category "Housing."
Tweet at him: @NYGovCuomo
State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s office: (518) 455-3791
Tweet at him: @CarlHeastie
Our State Assemblymember, Brian Kavanagh. His Albany office number is: (518) 455-5506
Tweet at him: @BrianKavanaghNY
Take to social media:
Do you have a Twitter account? Tweet at the accounts above, and be sure to include the #StuyTown hashtag. Then choose one of these issue-branding hashtags, #RentLaws #MCIReform #PreferentialRent. Here are some examples you can use as you compose your tweets:
@NYGovCuomo I live in #StuyTown, thks to the MCI law I’ve pd $3,326 for a refrigerator that cost the landlord $346 in 1988 #MCIReform now!
@NYGovCuomo I live in #StuyTown, thks to the #PreferentialRent loophole, my rent renewal increase is $500 a month. Help me!
Got a Facebook account? Write your story on these key players’ walls:
Tenants Association to Hold Open Meeting Saturday, April 25. Rent Laws Expire in Less Than 2 Months.
Tenants need to act now by taking small steps to make sure Albany strengthens the laws that will keep affordable apartments rent stabilized.Read more…
TA board member Al Doyle testified at City Hall in support of a bill extending the city’s rent laws. The bill passed but state laws expire this June.Read more…
After receiving numerous complaints from tenants of nonexistent or inadequate advance notice from management of apartment inspection or entry, the Tenants Association has worked with Council Member Dan Garodnick to introduce legislation to strengthen and clarify regulations governing an owner’s right to enter apartments.Read more…
Rent laws expire in June. Renewing and strengthening them will be tough — our State Senate is not pro-tenant. Join the fight to save your affordable home. Sign this petition to the new Assembly Speaker.Read more…
The Courts at Playground 11 are closing March 1, but TA took action to ensure the safety of everyone using the temporary tent facility.Read more…
Tenants are needed to testify on Tuesday, January 20th at a New York City Council hearing on short-term rentals (AirBnB).Read more…
In an open letter emailed to Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village residents on December 15, Dan Garodnick summarized the presentation regarding conversion he made at the Saturday, December 6, meeting of the Tenants Association.Read more…
Three more Peter Cooper Village buildings are hit with potential rent increase. Stuyvesant Town will also be affected. What tenants need to know and do.Read more…
At about 4:00 a.m. on Friday, October 17, a 20-year-old woman was assaulted by a would-be rapist who followed her into the elevator of her Stuyvesant Town building on the 600 block of East 14th Street. She fought him off, and he fled. Do not let anyone into your building that you don’t recognize.Read more…