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Re: Assembly Bill A.2A, which "makes all rent-regulated tenants subject to the same system of rent adjustments."

Posted by TenantNet on March 22, 1997 at 07:54:27:

In Reply to: Assembly Bill A.2A, which "makes all rent-regulated tenants subject to the same system of rent adjustments." posted by Meada on March 22, 1997 at 00:15:23:

: I had written to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver urging
: him to support rent stabilization with no weakening
: amendments. I received a letter back saying that he and
: Vito Lopez had introduced Bill A.2A, which permanently
: extends rent regulations.

We haven't had too much time to concentrate on this bill as the
focus has been on the City Hall renewal of rent regs which has to
happen by March 31st (and interestingly, the "tenant" group which
has been raising all that money and claims to "lead the way" has
been nowhere to be seen).

This bill, Assembly 2, was "shopped around" to tenant groups about a
year ago and many tenant groups rejected the bill outright. This year,
it was developed and introduced more or less in secret. Many didn't
see it until after the fact, and from what I hear it was rushed through
the Assembly this week while the rest of us are concentrating on City Hall.

Obviously, we're opposed to this bill, not only on the process grounds,
but also on substance. While there are arguable some good ideas in the
bill, it was developed sloppily, with very little input from tenants and
absolutely no input from the DHCR Tenants Advisory Committee (TAC).

The bill rearranges the bureaucracy, but does not do anything to clean up
the abuses (forget for a moment what the Republicans are now doing -- many
of the Democrats never did want a system that actually worked -- they
worked to undermine it).

We don't buy the story that Vito Lopez (D. Brooklyn) proffers, that it
is a negotiating tool. It's a Poison Pill, meaning it was designed to
fail, so the Democrat leadership, when they finally agree to further
weakening of the rent laws, can wash their hands and say "they tried".
If tenants buy into this "big lie" they deserve what they get.

More on this later.

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