Cuomo Comes Out For Rent Regs [Video]

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.

Video below:

 

4 thoughts on “Cuomo Comes Out For Rent Regs [Video]

  1.  Cuomo has sold out NYC residents for political favor.  One 1/3rd of NYC residents have stabilized units.  Why do they get them and not me?  Why does my rich neighbor get to keep hers yet I don’t get one and I have tens of thousands of student debt.  Politics as usual in Albany.  He talks a good game but in the end he’ll just pander like everyone else.

  2. David, if Cuomo did NOT continue rent regulation, then he WOULD be selling New Yorkers out and pandering to the landlord lobby. It would also be clear that he is just as corrupt as the Republicans by taking bribes from the landlord lobby.  It is the Republican-led senate which has been transparently bought out by this lobby, paid for by our rent money, thank you. They would have us homeless in a heartbeat. And believe me, they don’t care about free-market tenants either.

    Free-market tenants love to point out their “rich” neighbor with a rent stabilized rent. I don’t know about your neighbor, but I do know that there are millions of us who are NOT rich by any means and whose only means of contributing to the value of New York City is through our rent stabilized rent, which, for me, is actually pretty close to market rate these days. We would be homeless without our rent stabilization.

    Why don’t you get one? Well, maybe if you didn’t attack Cuomo for trying to RESTABILIZE apartments back, after having years of landlords throwing what were rent stabilized apartments into free-market, unprotected apartments — ILLEGALLY, then maybe you would have one. I had to wait about 8 years before I got my rent stabilized apartment. How long have you waited?

    Most importantly, why would you attack someone who is actually trying to get MORE apartments stabilized, thereby INCREASING YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING ONE?

    Instead of pointing to your neighbor, whining, and falling into divide-and-conquer mentality, why don’t you try to DO SOMETHING to support your chances of getting a rent stabilized apartment yourself?

    If you are like many of my neighbors who are actually sitting in illegally converted apartments currently, who would actually put the effort and investigation forth, you might even realize you ALREADY ARE IN A RENT STABILIZED APARTMENT. But that requires work and it’s just easier to point to your neighbor in envy.

    LAME.

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