Senate Dems Join Protesters, Call for Stronger Rent Laws

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

By Jon Campell

While the Senate was in session, a group of New York City senators joined a few dozen protesters outside of the Senate chamber, calling on the majority party to extend and strengthen the state’s rent stabilization laws, which are set to expire tomorrow.

The protesters have been heard throughout the Capitol much of the past two days, with some organizing a sit-in outside of the governor’s office yesterday that led to a dozen arrests.

Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, mostly from the affected downstate area, have pushed for a bolstering of the rent laws, while Senate Republicans has signified repeatedly—as recently as this morning—that they are only in favor of an extension…

…“We have lost hundreds of thousands of affordable units,” Krueger said. “There are whole areas of New York City where tenants literally are on the verge of not being able to afford their housing. This is New York City’s mortgage crisis. This is New York City’s future.”…

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