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Cuomo Says Failure to Extend Rent Regs Could Lead to Special Session

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Buildings in Soho. Buildings in Soho. (Jenchapter3/flickr)

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will not allow lawmakers to go home unless rent regulation laws that covered more than 1 million New York City tenants are extended.

The regulations expired after midnight Wednesday, leaving New Yorkers previously protected by the 1946 law vulnerable after the state Senate failed to extend the law.

The legislative session is supposed to end on Monday, but the governor said he is prepared to call a special session to ensure tenants are projected.

"Affordable housing is an all too scarce commodity, especially in New York City and the surrounding areas. Our state's rent protection laws are essential and any long term expiration would create a crisis," he said on Thursday morning.

Despite a deal that had been struck between the Assembly and Senate to extend the current rent regulations to Friday while negotiations continued, Senate Democrats and Republicans got into what Democratic Senator Diane Savino called "the worst of political games" minutes before the bill expired at midnight.

The inaction, however, likely means no immediate threat to renters.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are seeking to strengthen protections for tenants, saying thousands of families could face rent spikes without changes to the law.  The Republican-led Senate wants a simple extension of the law's current provisions. Democrats want the laws strengthened. They've been pushing for the following provisions:

  • Ending a $2,000 rent threshold that, once reached, allows landlords to deregulate apartments and charge market rents. A bill passed by the New York State Assembly would raise that threshold to $3,000.
  • Reduce rent increases landlords are allowed to charge when they make improvements or when an apartment becomes vacant.

With reporting by Cindy Rodriguez

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Comments [4]

James from Harlem

"I GOT MINE AND F*** THE REST OF YOU"
Oh I see - you've got your rent stabilized apartment so F the rest of us market rate renters. Ok, I see how that's fair. I'll just lay down and roll over and continue to pay 3 times what you pay to live in the same building. Ok, that's fair. You win. You're right that makes sense. You are special so you should get to pay 1/3rd what I pay because I'm not special.

Jun. 17 2011 01:53 AM
David from NYC

The main stream media has not covered this story with vigor. Thiseffects 1.6-2.0 million NYers and al they are interested in reporting is Weinergate over and over al lthe while his distrct wil be eliminated and he is out of a job anyway.

Mainstream media Ch 2,4,5,7,9,11 Daily News, Post and Times needs to ask hard questions but they have failed.

Jun. 16 2011 11:39 AM
noclist from Bronx, NY

I have a RS apt and I feel the current law is just fine. No need to increase the thresholds or income levels. Just extend the existing law. Outer borough RS apts are fairly close to market rents now. It's those Manhattan apts that will see the biggest increases if RS is left to expire.

Jun. 16 2011 11:11 AM
zevela from NYC

the republicans should be ashamed of themselves - i hope that someone comes up with a bumper sticker for them that says I GOT MINE AND F*** THE REST OF YOU
the rent regulations are so important - how are we going to improve our economy if people have no money left to spend after they pay rent. and if the lendlord can hike the rent anytime he wants you can not have any stability in your life.
SHAME SHAME SHAME ON THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE.

Jun. 16 2011 10:50 AM

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