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Source: ABC 7 News
Subject: Housing & Environmental Justice
Type: Media Coverage

People Camp Out In Protest In Midtown Over Lapsed Rent Laws

People camped out in Midtown Manhattan overnight, outside the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo to protest the state letting the nation’s biggest rent regulation law expire.

Among the campers was Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former New York City police officer.

Wednesday night’s sleep-in protest outside the Governor’s Manhattan office is symbolic in many ways of the exhaustion millions of New Yorkers are feeling right now.

They’re tired of rents increasing, they’re tired of the uncertainty that now looms with keeping their homes, and they’re tired of lawmakers in Albany arguing instead of finding solutions.

Tired is understatement that barely describes the anxiety and frustration millions of New Yorkers are facing as state lawmakers remain deadlocked over rent regulations. The rent law protecting nearly two million tenants expired Monday because state lawmakers simply couldn’t agree.

Now after weeks of rallies and protests Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and others are literally bringing their fight to the Governor’s door and camping outside his Manhattan office in protest.

Critics of Governor Cuomo say he’s partially to blame for the ongoing discord at the state level since he wanted to link a controversial private school tax credit to a rent law resolution.

Now past deadline and beyond the point of exhaustion for millions of families across the city, Adams and others say now is the time to act!

The speaker of the New York State Assembly says a short-term extension of New York City’s rent regulations remains “a last resort” if lawmakers cannot negotiate a deal to extend the law for a longer period of time.

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