Posted by SamE on June 13, 2000 at 07:43:38:
show up tonight, even for just an hour!
can't show up tonight? call Rudy! show up at one of the RGB meetings! call any of your many politicians!
just don't sit there: do something!
Additionally, in years when owners’ costs did not rise, the RGB
increased rents anyway, based on projections that costs might
rise in the coming year. For example, in 1998, owners’ costs
rose only 0.1%, yet the board raised rents 2% for a one-year
lease and 4% for two years, based on projections that owners’
costs might rise sharply in 1999. They did not, rising a virtually
invisible 0.03%, yet the RGB last year voted the same increases
as in 1998.
So tenants have already paid for the somewhat higher costs
owners claim this year, based on a temporary spike in fuel
Rally and Overnight Vigil Against
Rudy’s Rent Increases
Tuesday, June 13, 6-8 p.m./Dusk until Dawn Gracie Mansion,
Front Entrance East 88 Street and East End Ave., Manhattan
Directions: By subway, take the 4, 5, 6 or any train to 86th
Street, then walk to 88th & East End. By bus, take the M86
down 86th St. to 88th and York; or take the First Avenue bus
(M15) to 88th St. and 1st Ave and walk east; or take the M31
down 57th (it starts at Broadway) and get off at 88th & York.
Bring sleeping bags, instruments, jackets, food and supplies if
you plan to sleep over!
In every year since he took office, Rudy Giuliani’s Rent
Guidelines Board has slammed thousands of rent-stabilized
tenants with a “poor tax” of $15. The “poor tax” is a surcharge
that is added to all stabilized rents of $500 or less, in addition to
the standard renewal increases. The vast majority of people
who get this surcharge are on a fixed income, and nearly 70%
are Black or Latino. On June 22, the RGB will again vote on
increases affecting rent-stabilized tenants, including the “poor
The RGB is proposing 4% and 6% increases on renewal leases
(one and two years respectively) for all rent-stabilized tenants.
In addition, it plans to once again clobber low-income tenants
with the $15 “poor tax.” Giuliani, who lives rent-free in the
elegance of Gracie Mansion, appoints all nine members of the
board. The RGB’s suggested increases (the highest since
1996) come at a time when social services are sustaining
heavy cuts and landlord profits are at an all-time high. It’s time to
say “No More!”
Met Council on Housing (212) 693-0553, ext. # 6 e-mail:
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