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Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Housing & Environmental Justice
Type: Press Advisory

Immigrant Tenants in Queens Join Their Allies in State and Local Government to Call for the Repeal of Vacancy Decontrol

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MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK: Press Advisory



For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2009

CONTACT: Ana Maria Archila, 917-330-5337

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Immigrant Tenants in Queens Join Their Allies in State and Local Government to Call for the Repeal of Vacancy Decontrol

Hundreds of immigrant tenants from Queens and Brooklyn will rally
outside a building for the repeal of vacancy decontrol and the
preservation of rent regulation. Tenants will be joined by State
Senator Hiram Monserrate, State Assemblyman Jose Peralta, and
Councilwomen Julissa Ferreras to call for the swift passage of S2237-A.
This rally is part of the series "Vacancy Decontrol Hurts Us All"
rallies that are happening where tenants will be joined by State
Senators to repeal vacancy decontrol.

Tenants will draw attention to the impact of deregulation on all of New York’s boroughs and low-income tenants.

Queens’s residents face rising rents, falling wages, and overcrowded
homes. Many rents have already crossed the decontrol threshold, leaving
new tenants without protection against rent hikes and baseless
evictions. Without repealing vacancy decontrol, we will see tens of
thousands of apartments in Queens removed from rent regulation in the
coming years. This will exacerbate the already intense housing crisis.
Repealing vacancy decontrol will protect affordable housing in Queens
for generations to come.

WHEN:April 18, 11:00 AM

WHERE: 94-05 35th Avenue, Elmhurst, NY
7 Train to 90th St/Roosevelt

WHO:    State Senator Hiram Monserrate, State Assemblyman Jose Peralta, and City
           Council Member Julissa Ferreras;
           Hundreds of Tenants from Make the Road New York and other community
           organizations (AAFE, Chhaya CDC, Hermanas Mirabal, New York Immigration
           Coalition, Queens Community House, Queens Congregation United for Action,
           Queens Vantage Tenant Council, and Woodside on the Move).