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Old Articles: Espada defeated!

On Primary Day, September 14th, 2010, Democrat Gustavo Rivera defeated nominal Democrat Pedro Espada.

Espada has been head of the NYS Senate's housing committee, as well as the Senate's majority leader - a position he finagled after first defecting to the Republicans. With the help of tenants, unions, and the Working Families Party, Gustavo Rivera defeated Espada 2-to-1. Click here for an Alternet.org analysis of the primaries , and click on "read more" below for an excerpt focusing on Espada and why tenants are so glad to get him out.

Posted by sue on Thursday, September 16 @ 13:47:25 UTC (777 reads)
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Old Articles: Get out the vote for tenants!
Tenants have a chance to change the State Senate majority - and therefore to make possible some pro-tenant bills.

We're just 2 seats away from having Democrats control the State Senate.(Not all Democrats are pro-tenant, but many fewer Republicans are.)

Those in NYC should support Joseph Addabbo, running for State Senate in the 15th State Senate district of Queens.

Click on "read more" to see how you can help make it happen.

Posted by sue on Thursday, October 23 @ 15:31:03 UTC (1217 reads)
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Old Articles: City Council considers A795
Come to a City Council Hearing on
  • Wednesday 12 noon (come early to get through security)

  • in City Hall's Council Chamber

to consider a resolution supporting the proposed state legislation, A 795. Please try to attend: Will this bill save Starrett City? and what about all the pre-1974 Mitchell-Lamas? (They could be helped by A 352). , as well as other bills.

Stand up and be counted -- just come, or prepare a short statement that we all need to be under rent stabilization on leaving Mitchell-Lama, and we all need protection from "unique or peculiar" increases.

Contact Amy Chan at amy@tandn.org for more information.

Posted by sue on Tuesday, April 17 @ 12:38:09 UTC (1093 reads)
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Old Articles: NYS Assembly Hearings on Mitchell-Lama Future
The NYS Assembly's standing committee on housing (subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama) will be holding hearings on the future of Mitchell-Lama on

  • Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 250 Broadway (diagonally across from City Hall) New York, NY
  • Assembly Hearing Room, Room 1923, 19th Floor

The hearings start with the premise that "unique or peculiar circumstances" increases will seriously deplete the City's stock of affordable housing.

Topics (spelled out in detail below) include

  • How can owners (including co-ops) be encouraged to stay in the system?

  • What effect will the KSLM-Columbus Apartments ruling have on other Mitchell-Lama developments, and can pending legislation help?

  • How could the state replace the affordable housing being lost?

Sign up if you want to give testimony. Click on "read more" below for the full announcement.

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Old Articles: Tell Eliot Spitzer to Support Affordable Housing
To date, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's ads and speeches have indicated his support for working people -- but we need some commitments about where those people are supposed to live.

Adapt the letter below for your building, print it out and make copies. Let's tell Mr. Spitzer what we need and what we expect.

Posted by sue on Tuesday, March 21 @ 20:11:08 UTC (1406 reads)
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Old Articles:
Please sign onto a letter urging that the State’s Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) deal with the policy issues involved in granting “unique or peculiar circumstances” increases.

So far, DHCR has been pressuring individual buildings' tenant associations to negotiate with their landords -- with DHCR “mediating.”

But whether we negotiate or go to court, we’re stronger standing together than separately.

In addition, by offering to mediate, DHCR is assuming (while claiming it has not yet decided the issue!)

  1. that leaving Mitchell-Lama is a “unique or peculiar circumstance” justifying an increase across the board, and
  2. that tenant associations and landlords have equal bargaining power.

But we need to take a stand on both of those.

So it is important that the tenant association in every pre-1974 Mitchell-Lama (or building that has just come out of Mitchel-Lama) to sign onto the letter below
– and the tenants associations of Central Park Gardens and West Side Manor will send in a single letter with all the names of all the buildings (with the name and title of the signing officer) on it.

Please sign on. As we all know, in unity, there is strength!

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Old Articles: 2 City Council Bills to Keep Buildings in Mitchell-Lama
On Dec. 13, 2005, the NYC Council will consider two bills proposed by the mayor that would keep developments in Mitchell-Lama for 15 years if they accept certain tax abatements and loans.

This would be useful for less wealthy owners of developments in un-gentrified neighborhoods. It would not help developments whose landlords expect enormous profits if they leave Mitchell-Lama.

Click on "read more" for the texts of Int 0756-2005 and Int 0767-2005, to be considered on December 13, 2005 at the City Council.

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Old Articles: Northern Manhattan Town Meeting, Dec. 7
Come to a Town Hall Meeting, hosted by NYS Assemblymember Adriano Espaillat, on housing issues in Northern Manhattan.





  • Ken Rosenfeld, Director, Legal Services,
  • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation;
  • Adrienne Holder, Director, Legal Aid Society;
  • Bertha Lewis, ACORN, Fix It Now Campaign,
  • Carlos Ramos Vargas, Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College;
  • Vicki Been, Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, NYU School of Law (Invited),
  • David R Shuffer, Jr, Director of Organizing Training - INCO, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (Invited)

DATE: Wednesday, December 7, 2005
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
PLACE: St. Elizabeth Auditorium
612 West 187th St (Between Wadsworth and St. Nicholas Ave.)

Contact the office of Assemblymember Espaillat for more information.

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Old Articles: Rally for Home Rule THIS SUNDAY, Dec.4, 2005
Rally for NYC control over rent regulation
  • 12 Noon -- 1:00 pm
  • East 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

As Roosevelt Island and the rest of NYC gentrifies, "home rule" (NYC control over rent supervision and regulation) is even more important. Rally on Sunday!

Note from Michael McKee of Tenants & Neighbors:
"With the help of attorney Norman Siegel we have negotiated an agreement with New York Police Department and will be allowed to march on the block between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue on the south side, across from Bloomberg's town house at 17 East 79th Street. Assemble at the southwest corner of 79th Street and Fifth Avenue."

Join us!

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Old Articles: Forum: Next City Council Speaker
Come to a forum where the 7 City Council members competing to be the next Speaker of the City Council will answer questions about housing and homeless policies.

  • 6:30 -- 8:30 pm
  • Washington Irving High School
    40 Irving Place
    (one block east of Union Square, at East 17th Street)

The forum is sponsored by Housing Here and Now, a city-wide coalition composed of many organizations including Tenants & Neighbors.

Candidates for Speaker will be questioned by neighborhood and tenant leaders about a number of important issues, including

  • stronger code enforcement,
  • funding for preservation of subsidized housing, and
  • restoration of the City's home rule powers over our rent and eviction protection laws.

All seven candidates for Speaker have agreed to attend:

  • Leroy Comrie
  • Bill De Blasio
  • Lew Fidler
  • Melinda Katz
  • Christine Quinn
  • Joel Rivera, and
  • David Weprin.

Let's greet the candidates for Speaker with a large crowd of tenants and housing activists, so that whoever is elected as the new Speaker will understand the priority of our issues.

Spread the word and bring your friends and neighbors.

Posted by sue on Sunday, November 27 @ 14:30:55 UTC (1423 reads)
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