Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 04:13:19 -0400
Subject: Mayoral Primary Sept 9: SAL ALBANESE FOR MAYOR

      Democratic Primary: Tuesday, September 9th

There are many reasons why Rudy Guiliani should not
be Mayor for another four years. Among many things, he stacked 
the Rent Guidelines Board with landlord sympathizers, he 
gutted what little was left of HPD (housing inspectors
are below 200 from over 800 and in most cases you can't
get an inspection without a court order), the Department of
Buildings is in shambles and he advocated rent deposits 
into Housing Court. This spring he tried to portray 
himself as a friend of tenants, but he did what any smart 
politician would do: coopt the issue to avoid the hot seat
from his challengers.

In her years as Manhattan Borough President, Ruth Messinger 
has done little to advance tenants rights, and she has not 
put forward any reasons why she would make a good Mayor. Indeed,
she is doing her best to pull a Bill Clinton, seeing how much
she can look Republican -- or worse, allied with
the Silver/Vallone machine. It's not so much that she
supported the Trump Riverside South project, it's that she
doesn't have the philosophical "core" it takes to be Mayor. 
In the last two weeks, after promising to stay out of the 
District #2 Council race, Messenger endorsed Silver's crony 
Judy Rapfogel in exchange for Silver's endorsement. She might 
as well have endorsed Antonio Pagan! During the Rent Wars,
Messinger called for Home Rule (Lt. Governor Betsy Ross was 
the other politician to make a similar call and the idea was 
trashed by Silver-controlled Tenants & Neighbors). 
While it was about time someone put this issue on the table it's 
doubtful Messinger was sincere. At the time every politician 
(except Alan Hevesi who wants to run for Mayor in 2001 and 
feels compelled to cozy-up to real estate interests) was advancing
their "take" on the crisis. Now that tenant protections are 
on a slow sure burn to extinction, and out of the spotlight,
Ruth hasn't mentioned housing once.

Sharpton? He has built some credibility since the Tawana Brawley
days, but he's not Mayor material. Al, come back in ten years
after you've done something.


Met Council seems to think none of the Democratic candidates
have raised the tenant/housing since June 15th. They're wrong.
Of all the Democratic challengers, Sal Albanese of Brooklyn
is the only candidate to focus on (not just mention) tenants
and housing as a critical issue in this city. We met with
Mr. Albanese several weeks ago and challenged him to be
specific with his housing proposals; it wasn't enough that
he (as did Ruth Messinger) trounce around Albany with
hysterical tenants. It's not about militance; it's about

Although the depth of detail is wanting, the following letter
from Sal Albanese carries the most specific housing proposals
we've seen from any Mayoral candidate. What also struck us
was Sal's sense of community. Once you get below the surface 
of campaign platitudes, he made it clear this city must have strong
neighborhoods to survive, and that calls for a "balance of
community and business concerns." As much as Rudy's core is
meanness and the lie, Sal's core is an overall sense of what's
good for the long-term needs of the community. No wonder he
was repeatedly elected to City Council from Republican Bayridge.

Moreover, Albanese is the only candidate to focus on
campaign finance reform. If anything, this year demonstrated
that not only Joe Bruno and George Pataki get landlord payoffs, 
but also Sheldon Silver and other "progressive" Democrats are 
beneficiaries of massive real estate contributions (either directly 
or through PAC disbursements), and will readily sell tenants out 
and declare victory in the same breath.

This Tuesday, get out to Vote for Sal Albanese. (you can
also learn more by visiting Sal's web site at

                                       September 2, 1997
To TenantNet

As a member of the City Council and candidate for mayor, the
fight to protect tenants' rights is very important to me.
This year we worked together in the fight to protect those
rights, and only narrowly averted a disaster.  New York must
make affordable housing available to all its residents.
Rents have increased 20 percent citywide in the Giuliani
administration, evidence of the current administration's
complete disregard for the interests of average New Yorkers
and tenants.

* This city needs a real housing policy.

* The Rent Guidelines Board is heavily weighted in favor of
Giuliani-appointed landlords.  I'll restore the proper
balance, a fair balance, of landlords and tenants.

* I will lobby to restructure the Division of Housing and
Community Renewal.  Pataki has made it a pro-landlord body.

* I will lobby to clean up the housing courts system in order
to bring about speedy and fair adjudication.

* We need to protect the Sound Housing Act and prevent the
demolition of affordable housing in favor of luxury
high-rises.  I'll get the Demolition Clause of the new law

* We must reform and reorganize the Department of Housing
Preservation and Development, making it more responsive to
community housing needs. Above all, we must hire more
housing inspectors.

I'm asking for your support in my campaign for mayor.  Among
the candidates, I have the strongest record on tenants'
issues. I was the only candidate to testify before the Rent
Guidelines Board against the citywide rent increase in
rent-regulated apartments in 1996.  This year I was the first
candidate to go to Albany to protest state de-regulation.

My campaign is largely based on the idea of reform, whether
it is in housing policy, tax structure, or campaign finance.
This last part of my agenda, campaign finance reform, is
vital to carrying out the rest. It would level the playing
field, making public officials accountable to average New
Yorkers rather than wealthy real estate or other special

I think that if we combine our efforts, we can bring about a
government that works for all its citizens.


Sal F. Albanese

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Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 07:48:40 -0400
Subject: Vote Margarita Lopez: Critical City Council Race for Tenants

                          TENANTS ALERT
            Vote for Margarita Lopez for NY City Council
          tomorrow September 9th in the Democratic Primary.

        Lower East Side, Loisada, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill
              Parts of Soho, West Village, Chinatown
                see map at

                      "Unbought and Unbossed"

The NEW YORK TIMES called Margarita Lopez

   "an advocate, with an intense commitment... whose energy and 
   dedication would be an asset"

But her opponent Judy Rapfogel, who is bought and controlled by 
Sheldon Silver, says she was "on the front lines of the fight to 
save rent laws" 


   "The new [Silver] law provides the most sweeping benefits and relief 
   measures for property owners in the history of rent law negotiations. 
   Never before has the hosing industry gained so much without giving 
   up anything in return."
                    --RSA Reporter, Rent Stabilization Assoc.
                      NYC's landlord trade association July/August 1997

Shel Silver, who took $25,000 from landlords and then gave away half of
tenant protections to landlords stated:

   "Judy Rapfogel was a key part of my team to fight to save 
   rent protection" -- letter to voters, June 28, 1997

But Joe Strasburg, President of the RSA stated:

   "Now the full story can be told. In the compromise agreement, and 
   in the details hammered out afterwards, property owners gained more 
   relief and benefits than they have in twenty-five years. And we 
   conceded nothing to the tenant organizers." (July 1997)

Landlords are so grateful to Silver and Rapfogel that the Associated 
Builders and Owners are considering naming Sheldon Silver as "Man
of the Year" (Real Estate Weekly, June 25, 1997)


   As a member of Area Policy Board #3, Judy Rapfogel helped to take 
   funds away from legitimate social service organizations, and to 
   give more than $127,000 to her husband's agency (her husband is 
   reported to be a Guiliani fundraiser). The defunded agencies 
   sued and won. After her role was exposed, Judy resigned from the Board. 
   The State Supreme Court found a conflict of interest and denied her 
   husband's agency the money.

At the time, Margarita Lopez was employed by "Action For Progress"
one of the defunded agencies, and she worked without a salary due
to Judy Rapfogel's shenanigans.

On Margarita Lopez, CITIZEN'S UNION stated

   "Margarita Lopez "demonstrates impressive and detailed knowledge of the 
   district she would represent. Her legislative priorities center on the 
   issues of affordable housing, education and economic development. She 
   would strengthen small business as the economic backbone of the district 
   and the sector most likely to plow profits directly back into the 
   neighborhoods... Ms. Lopez' creative ideas for the improvement of the lot 
   of small businesses and the middle and lower income sectors of the
   would surely be major factory in her effective representation of this


   Why would large corporations, Political Action Committees (PACs), Albany
   politically connected lawyers, out-of-district hospitals, executives
from Coca Cola 
   and Pepsi Cola Bottling, NYS Tobacco and Candy Distributors and Empire
   Beer Distributors contribute to Judy Rapfogel?

Their interest is not in the Lower East Side or Gramercy Park. But they
know what Rapfogel's boss Shel Silver can do for them as Assembly Speaker.

After six years of landlord advocate Antonio Pagan, Margarita Lopez is
poised to bring integrity back to New York City Council. Don't let
Shel Silver, who created Antonio Pagan, now create Judy Rapfogel as the
"Heir of Pagan".

For more information, go to

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Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 14:15:07 -0400
Subject: DHCR offices move -- new locations and numbers

New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)
which administrates Rent Control and Rent Stabilization,
is moving a number of its offices.

The DHCR offices at 156 Williams St., 270 Broadway and 1 Fordham Plaza will
be relocating to:

New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
25 Beaver St.
New York, NY 10004
(212) 480-6700 & 6701

Manh. District Rent Office  5th floor    (212)480-6238 and 6239
Effective September 15	
Housing Operations          6th floor    (212)480-7231 and 7232
Effective September 22	

Executive Offices,
Community Development,
Legal Dept.                 7th floor    (212)480-6700 and 6701
Effective September 22

The main processing office at Gertz Plaza remains where it is.

Below are the new locations:

     Bronx Borough Rent Office:
     One Fordham Plaza, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY 10458

     Brooklyn Borough Rent Office:
     55 Hanson Place, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217

     Buffalo Rent Office:
     Statler Towers, 107 Delaware Avenue, Suite 600, Buffalo, NY 14202 /

     Central Office for Rent Administration and Queens Rent Office:
     92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, NY 11433

     Harrassment Unit:
     25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004 / (212)480-6238 and

     Lower Manhattan Borough Rent Office: (South Side of 110th St. and below)
     25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004 / (212)480-6238 and

     Upper Manhattan Borough Rent Office: (North Side of 110th St. and above)
     Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Office Bldg, 163 West 125th St, 5th Floor,
     NY, NY 10027

     Nassau County Rent Office:
     50 Clinton Street, 6th Floor, Hempstead, NY 11550 / (516)481-9494

     Rockland County Rent Office:
     94-96 North Main Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977 / (914)425-6575

     Staten Island Borough Rent Office:
     60 Bay Street, 7th Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301

     Westchester County Rent Office:
     55 Church Street, 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601 / (914)948-4434 

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