[COMM-ORG] Metropolitan Council on Housing update: NY Budget organizing
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From: Metropolitan Council on Housing <active at metcouncil.net>
No Deal for Rent-Regulated Tenants
in New York State's Budget
11 Weeks Until the Laws Expire!
Governor Andrew Cuomo got nearly everything he pushed for in the state
including a rare sense of urgency from state lawmakers to pass the
on time. So apart from brownie points for being on time, what did Cuomo
cuts to education, health care, homelessness prevention programs, and
services ... and a lower tax rate for millionaires. Oh, and nothing for
tenants, even though the state's largest affordable-housing program,
2.5 million New Yorkers, costs the state almost nothing.
Many Met Council on Housing members called Governor Cuomo in March to
urge him to
use his influence in the budget process to strengthen rent regulations.
back to express your indignation that he is jeopardizing your vital rent
by waiting until the June 15 deadline approaches.
Call Gov. Cuomo's office at 212-681-4580 with this message:
"I'm angry that the Governor failed to renew and strengthen our
laws during the budget process. I need these laws to be able to afford
- and we need to end destablization to keep New York for the next
governor MUST make the renewal and strengthening of rent regulations his
It really helps to get feedback about these calls! Email us at:
active at metcouncil.net [mailto:active at metcouncil.net]
Get Active in the Fight to Renew & Strengthen Our Rent Laws
Phone banking from Met Council on Housing's offices:
Monday, April 4, 2011 at 6 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
RSVP: 212-979-6238 x200 - active at metcouncil.net
[mailto:active at metcouncil.net]
Voice of the Tenant Movement
Scott Sommer will host Housing Notebook on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 8
PM. The call-in
number is 212-209-2900.
Housing Notebook, a production of the Metropolitan Council on Housing,
airs Mondays on WBAI, 99.5 FM, from 8 to 9 PM in the New York
and on the World Wide Web at www.wbai.org
Programs are archived for 90 days at www.archive.wbai.org
News You May Have Missed
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A suit brought by the Legal Aid Society has temporarily barred New York
ending the Advantage rent-subsidy program for formerly homeless people.
Bronx pols push Cuomo on rent reform; Jeff Klein's name absent
Among the nearly 90 lawmakers who signed a letter to Governor Cuomo
urging him to
renew rent regulation and strengthen the laws by ending vacancy
decontrol, one name
was conspicuously absent from the list: State Senator Jeffrey Klein, of
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TENANTS' RIGHTS TELEPHONE HOTLINE:
Call Met Council on Housing's tenants' rights telephone hotline at
between the hours of 1:30 and 5:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays, for brief
answers to questions about your rights as a tenant, help in organizing a
association in your building, or referrals.
Met Council on Housing's free clinic offers tenants assistance with
We meet at the offices of the Cooper Square Committee, located at 61
East 4th Street
in Manhattan, every
Tuesday beginning at 6:30pm.
By subway: 6 to Astor Place; F to 2nd Avenue; or N/R to 8th Street.
Please bring all paperwork associated with your case.
NYC'S HEAT LAWS ARE IN EFFECT:
>From October 1 through May 31, landlords must provide heat at the
If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside
be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
If the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees, the inside
be at least 55 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
at a minimum of 120 degrees at the tap must be provided 24 hours a day,
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