Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 14:10:43 -0400
Subject: City Council Votes This Thursday 8/6 at 1 PM

From our Sister site, Hell's Kitchen Online http://hellskitchen.net

Even though this is a local "neighborhood" issue, tenants
will be evicted by this zoning plan and other tenants will
feel the pressure of rising rents and harassment. Please help
your neighbors in the Clinton neighborhood by phoning and 
faxing Peter Vallone and coming to City Hall on Thursday.

Hell's Kitchen ALERT
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KEEP THOSE CALL AND FAXES GOING TO VALLONE -- 
We hear Vallone's campaign people are feeling the pressure
If you've already called and faxed, then do it again!
See Below for details
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CITY COUNCIL VOTES THIS WEEK 
ON THEATER SUBDISTRICT ZONING

Thursday, August 6, 1998

PRESS CONFERENCE at 1:00 pm, Steps of City Hall
We need Clinton residents to hold up signs and posters.
Please show up and show your support for Clinton!

City Council Meeting gets underway around 1:30 pm
(official time is 1 pm, but nothing really happens
until at least 1:30)

We understand the zoning plan is to be set aside
for a discussion on the Council floor.

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After seven grueling months, City Council will vote this Thursday
on the Theater Subdistrict Zoning Proposal.

It is expected that the Clinton neighborhood will be hurt
severly by this vote, controlled by Speaker Peter Vallone. The
'fix' is in and Vallone and his "see, speak or hear no evil"
City Council are expected to rubber stamp the modified plan that
still leaves skyscrapers on the west side of Eighth Avenue in
our neighborhood, undermines the protective Special Clinton
District and wipes away community board (and even city council)
review of development projects.

In June, Vallone took money from theater owners and the Broadway
Initiative lobbyist Ethan Geto to swing this vote their way. Even 
so, you must look these people in the face and call out their 
shameful actions.

Will it then be over? Well, aside from the Mayor signing it, which
is expected, the legislative process will have run its course. But
like any war, this is just one battle. There are legal challenges
to look at, and otehr things that can be done. And many are also 
afraid of the Broadway Initiative itself (apart from the zoning) 
as it undermines the theatrical industry.

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KEEP THOSE CALLS AND FAXES TO PETER VALLONE GOING!

   WHAT: Phone & Fax City Council Speaker Peter Vallone
   WHEN: Now, and Tomorrow, and Continuing
   WHY:  to convince him to remove all skyscrapers from the 
         west side of Eighth Avenue and to ensure rational 
         development through a 'Special Permit' process.

THREE PLACES TO CALL, FAX AND WRITE PETER VALLONE
(try to do all three, but if not, do it in this order)

Friends of Vallone (Gubernatorial Campaign office)
31-19 37th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
tel: (718) 433-1998   fax (718) 433-1999

Hon. Peter F. Vallone (City Hall Office)
Speaker, NY City Council
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
tel: (718) 274-4500   fax (718) 726-0357

Hon. Peter F. Vallone (District Office)
Speaker, NY City Council
22-45 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11105
tel (212) 788-7210   fax (212) 788-7207 

WHAT TO DO WHEN CALLING

Ask to speak to someone about the Theater Subdistrict Zoning Plan. If you
are calling the Campaign Headquarters, they might tell you to call City
Hall. Don't fall for that one and tell them this is a campaign issue as
your vote depends on his action. Demand to speak to someone. They might try
to just take your name and phone number. Again, don't let them. You want to
speak to someone to explain your case. Who can you speak to? 

Kevin McCabe (Campaign Director)
Karen Perischelli
Mark Benoit
Jennifer St. Johns (Volunteer Coordinator)
Tom Flutt

Remember, don't harass them, but engage them and force them to think and
talk about the issue for several minutes. Be firm and convincing that
Vallone just lost (at least) 5,000 votes and he must move on this issue to
get them back. Remind them that Vallone made a campaign theme of saving
NY's Middle Class. When he allows development to run rampant over NYC
neighborhoods, he's doing just the opposite. Remember, the receptionist is
not the target -- the receptionist's boss is. Be courteous to the person
who answers the phone, even as you tie up the line.

Remember, Peter Vallone is running for Governor and needs your vote. Remind
him your vote will depend directly on his actions on this issue.

WHAT TO TELL THEM

Tell them you are aware that Vallone refused to meet with Clinton/Hell's
Kitchen neighborhood residents opposed to the plan (CSDC asked several
times) while he met with the Broadway Initiative proponents. 

Also tell them you are aware that Vallone took money from theater owners
(Nederlander) and the Broadway Initiative high-priced lobbyist Ethan Geto
shortly before the vote. Tell them taking money for a vote is not putting
"New York First" (the Vallone campaign slogan)

Tell them that his decision will lead to pressures for tenants, will drive
out small business and devastate Clinton. Tell them you will continue to be
vocal on this issue throughout the campaign (even if he wins the primary).

WHAT TO ASK FOR

We really want the whole plan killed, including all Air Rights transfers,
but the most important things are:

1. Removal of all skyscraper development sites (zoning increase to
Floor-Area-Ratio of 14.4) on the west side of Eighth Avenue. The deal left
the blocks from 42nd to 45th Streets still in the plan. This is part of
Clinton, not part of the Theater District or Midtown.

2. We want a real 'Special Permit' to cover the area affected by the plan.
Buildings that go up on the east side of Eighth Avenue will impact this
neighborhood, and there must be community, environmental and council
oversight.

Vallone has the power to take this issue back to City Council before the
vote. Don't buy into the notion (if anyone says) that it is a done deal.
It's a long shot, but not a done deal.

IS IT BEING EFFECTIVE?

Yes, inside reports indicate Vallone's campaign office is being "inundated"
with calls and faxes. Although they aren't acting on the issue yet, they
are starting to understand the depth of the opposition.

SO YOU'RE NOT FROM CLINTON/HELL'S KITCHEN

That's OK, we need support from all NYC neighborhoods. This is not just a
local development issue and creates a precedent for bad development in all
NYC neighborhoods. This is why many community boards, neighborhood, housing
and civic groups from all over town are supporting Clinton in this battle.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

Call Betsy McCaughey Ross and Charles Hynes (both are running against
Vallone is the primary) and encourage them to take public stands on this
issue. It's in their interest to do so and can smoke out Vallone.

Betsy McCaughey Ross Campaign (212) 772-9516
Charles Hynes Campaign (212) 766-1762

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Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 16:58:03 -0400
Subject: Down to the Wire - Council Votes Tomorrow

From our Sister site, Hell's Kitchen Online http://hellskitchen.net

Hell's Kitchen ALERT
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We're down to the wire on the Theater Subdistrict Zoning Proposal.
Council Votes tomorrow.

Here's what you can do NOW!

1. NOW -- keep calling and faxing Vallone. (see numbers below)
   
2. BUT ALSO -- call and fax Councilmember June Eisland, 
   chair of the Land Use Committee. We hear she needs to feel 
   the pressure and oppostion from Clinton.

   Eisland District Office
   tel: 718-549-0158
   fax: 718-549-6983
   If you call, demand to speak to someone. Don't just leave 
   your name and address. (if they give you a City Hall number,
   then call there as well)

3. News Conference, Steps of City Hall, 
   Thursday August 6th at 1 PM.

4. City Council Meeting. We hear the plan
   will be set aside for a floor debate.

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KEEP THOSE CALLS AND FAXES TO PETER VALLONE GOING!

   WHAT: Phone & Fax City Council Speaker Peter Vallone
   WHEN: Now, and Tomorrow, and Continuing
   WHY:  to convince him to remove all skyscrapers from the 
         west side of Eighth Avenue and to ensure rational 
         development through a 'Special Permit' process.

THREE PLACES TO CALL, FAX AND WRITE PETER VALLONE
(try to do all three, but if not, do it in this order)

Friends of Vallone (Gubernatorial Campaign office)
31-19 37th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
tel: (718) 433-1998   fax (718) 433-1999

Hon. Peter F. Vallone (City Hall Office)
Speaker, NY City Council
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
tel: (718) 274-4500   fax (718) 726-0357

Hon. Peter F. Vallone (District Office)
Speaker, NY City Council
22-45 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11105
tel (212) 788-7210   fax (212) 788-7207 

WHAT TO DO WHEN CALLING

Ask to speak to someone about the Theater Subdistrict Zoning Plan. If you
are calling the Campaign Headquarters, they might tell you to call City
Hall. Don't fall for that one and tell them this is a campaign issue as
your vote depends on his action. Demand to speak to someone. They might try
to just take your name and phone number. Again, don't let them. You want to
speak to someone to explain your case. Who can you speak to? 

Kevin McCabe (Campaign Director)
Karen Perischelli
Mark Benoit
Jennifer St. Johns (Volunteer Coordinator)
Tom Flutt

Remember, don't harass them, but engage them and force them to think and
talk about the issue for several minutes. Be firm and convincing that
Vallone just lost (at least) 5,000 votes and he must move on this issue to
get them back. Remind them that Vallone made a campaign theme of saving
NY's Middle Class. When he allows development to run rampant over NYC
neighborhoods, he's doing just the opposite. Remember, the receptionist is
not the target -- the receptionist's boss is. Be courteous to the person
who answers the phone, even as you tie up the line.

Remember, Peter Vallone is running for Governor and needs your vote. Remind
him your vote will depend directly on his actions on this issue.

WHAT TO TELL THEM

Tell them you are aware that Vallone refused to meet with Clinton/Hell's
Kitchen neighborhood residents opposed to the plan (CSDC asked several
times) while he met with the Broadway Initiative proponents. 

Also tell them you are aware that Vallone took money from theater owners
(Nederlander) and the Broadway Initiative high-priced lobbyist Ethan Geto
shortly before the vote. Tell them taking money for a vote is not putting
"New York First" (the Vallone campaign slogan)

Tell them that his decision will lead to pressures for tenants, will drive
out small business and devastate Clinton. Tell them you will continue to be
vocal on this issue throughout the campaign (even if he wins the primary).

WHAT TO ASK FOR

We really want the whole plan killed, including all Air Rights transfers,
but the most important things are:

1. Removal of all skyscraper development sites (zoning increase to
Floor-Area-Ratio of 14.4) on the west side of Eighth Avenue. The deal left
the blocks from 42nd to 45th Streets still in the plan. This is part of
Clinton, not part of the Theater District or Midtown.

2. We want a real 'Special Permit' to cover the area affected by the plan.
Buildings that go up on the east side of Eighth Avenue will impact this
neighborhood, and there must be community, environmental and council
oversight.

Vallone has the power to take this issue back to City Council before the
vote. Don't buy into the notion (if anyone says) that it is a done deal.
It's a long shot, but not a done deal.

IS IT BEING EFFECTIVE?

Yes, inside reports indicate Vallone's campaign office is being "inundated"
with calls and faxes. Although they aren't acting on the issue yet, they
are starting to understand the depth of the opposition.

SO YOU'RE NOT FROM CLINTON/HELL'S KITCHEN

That's OK, we need support from all NYC neighborhoods. This is not just a
local development issue and creates a precedent for bad development in all
NYC neighborhoods. This is why many community boards, neighborhood, housing
and civic groups from all over town are supporting Clinton in this battle.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

Call Betsy McCaughey Ross and Charles Hynes (both are running against
Vallone is the primary) and encourage them to take public stands on this
issue. It's in their interest to do so and can smoke out Vallone.

Betsy McCaughey Ross Campaign (212) 772-9516
Charles Hynes Campaign (212) 766-1762

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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:34:07 -0400
Subject: Tenants Online 8/19/98


Tenants Online                                           8/19/98
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TenantNet Exclusive!

The 1998 Recent Movers Report (June 2 version)
The Report Giuliani Tried to Hide!

In early June, right before the RGB was to vote on the upcoming Rent
Guidelines that would affect over a million Rent Stabilized tenants, RGB
Chairman Edward Hochman suppressed a report researched and written by his
own staff that essentially states what every renter in NYC already knows:
NYC rents are obscene and out-of-control. 

RGB tenant members Ken Rosenfeld and David Pagan then sued the RGB and a
NYC Judge recently ordered it to be released. Although Hochman's memo
states the report is now "open to the public," the RGB would not release it
to us and we were forced to obtain it through other channels. 

Hochman has also released an updated report, dated August 6, claiming it is
the "official" report and the June 2 report is a "draft" -- a common
technique is calling a suppressed report a "draft." 

Hochman is also trying to put a spin on the more recent data claiming that
rents in other boroughs are mostly "market" (tell that to our friends in
Queens) and that "Manhattan Core" (below 96th Street) is where things are
really a problem. Of couse then the Bob Grant's of the world will then
start in with the nonsense that people don't have a right to live in
Manhattan. 

The RGB (in both reports) fails to examine all relevant data, claiming that
deregulation is a small number from high rent/high income petitions, but
fails to examine the incredible shrinking of the rent registration database
due to the DHCR-sanctioned registration avoidance policy. Even before the
1997 changes in the law, DHCR allowed over 25% of Manhattan buildings to
escape the registration system.

But given that Hochman suppressed the June 2 report and was forced by a
Judge to release it, and that the June 2 version uses different data to
arrive at more sobering conclusions, we wonder if Hochman's pro-landlord
agenda isn't becoming a tad too obvious. 

You can access the June 2nd RGB Recent Movers Study at:

     http://tenant.net/Oversight/RGBsum98/movers96.html

Other recent RGB reports are available at:

     http://tenant.net/Oversight/RGBsum98/index.html

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