Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been relatively quiet about his position on rent control these days as he barnstorms around the state in favor of ethics reform, gay marriage, and a property tax cap.
But no longer. Leaning on his time as HUD secretary during the Clinton administration, Cuomo called affordable housing “the building block of strong communities and a strong economy.”
Says the gov:
In New York, more than 1 million people are protected by New York’s rent regulation program.
However, this program is set to expire June 15, less than 5 weeks from now.
That would be a crisis for our state.
In fact, what we need to extend and strengthen our rent regulation laws, and we need to do it now.
Since 1994, over 238,000 apartments have been removed from rent regulation leaving middle class New Yorkers with fewer affordable options.
And by current standards it is estimated that over 130,000 more apartments could be lost to decontrol in the next few years.
The Democratic-backed Assembly is in favor of strengthening rent laws, but the Republican-backed Senate has balked, calling it an issue solely important to downstaters. They prefer to focus on the property tax cap.