How does a state senator who is pro-tenant respond to a robocall made by the Republicans claiming the opposite?
Last week, the Republicans made thousands of anonymous calls to my constituents claiming I was opposed to rent regulations. Nothing could be further from the truth. I want rent laws to be strengthened, not just extended.
Michael McKee, of Real Rent Reform and Tenants United, has taken the same position, saying that “an extender for 39 hours is not adequate. We need significant strengthening amendments.”
It has been nearly 30 years since rent laws have been strengthened. During this period, hundreds of thousands of people have lost the protection of rent regulations. Now is the time to reverse this trend.
The use of anonymous robocalls was unconscionable. People were frightened, fearing they could be evicted. The Senate Republicans have said they want to end rent regulations, with one Republican senator from central New York calling them “socialism.”
I know first-hand how important rent regulations are because I grew up in a rent-controlled apartment. I want to reassure everyone that this is our priority in Albany in the closing week of the legislative session.
Toby Ann Stavisky
©2011 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.