Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recently held a roundtable with a group of Brooklyn elected officials and tenant advocates to push for changes to the recently approved rent laws implemented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Senate Republicans.
Under the current deal, it has been projected that the city could lose almost 90,000 rent-regulated apartments. The roundtable focused on halting the or rent increases that landlords are entitled to once rent-regulated apartments become vacant until the decontrol vacancy policy.
Brooklyn elected officials also discussed developing a strategy that would protect tenants in the upcoming year, including coordinated actions to combat tenant harassment.
“The number one issue for Brooklynites is affordable housing, and every elected official must be judged on their commitment to its preservation and expansion,” said Borough President Adams. “Brooklyn is ground zero for the displacement and harassment of tenants which is contributing extensively to our critical losses of affordable housing in the borough. I am pleased that there is a core group of local leaders that are uniting to strategize and coordinate best practices that will lead to legislating, litigating, and organizing success.”
Adams was joined by State Sen. Jesse Hamilton, Assembly Members Maritza Davila, Walter Mosley, Diana Richardson, Annette Robinson, and Latrice Walker, as well as Council Members Robert Cornegy, Antonio Reynoso, and Jumaane D. Williams. Advocates in attendance included representatives from Alliance for Tenant Power, Community Service Society, Legal Aid Society, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Tenants and Neighbors, and Working Families Party.
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