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Re: Tenants rock Pataki at the Seaport.

Posted by TenantNet on April 19, 1997 at 11:05:32:

In Reply to: Re: Tenants rock Pataki at the Seaport. posted by Sir Loving on April 19, 1997 at 10:09:28:

: : I don't think you understood what I said or what's going on. The bill you're
: : referring to (A.2) was rejected by most tenant groups and put up in secret
: : by Silver and Vito Lopez (who is about the worst excuse for a Housing
: : Committee Chair that they could find). The bill was a poison pill, nothing
: : else and in the long run would have done more harm than good.

: The A.2A bill (passed by the Assembly on 3/17/97) permanently extends
the state authorization for municipalities to continue rent regulations.

That's why it's a poison pill -- they new it would never pass both houses,
then they could wash their hands and say they tried (while agreeing to
further weakening). Even Vito Lopez said in the Voice the only purpose
of the bill was for "negotiations." There were arguably a number of "good"
things in the bill, and they hoodwinked a lot of tenants in the process.
For those of us that deal with DHCR day-in/day-out, it was sloppy and
had many loopholes. When this bill was shopped around a year ago, almost
all tenant groups said no.

: The Senate vote was for a completely different bill (had nothing to do
with the Assembly bill) and it was not a vote on the merits, it was a
motion to discharge.

: The Senate has no bill. What diffrerent bill are you talking about?
The vote defeated a Democratic motion to bring a four-year extension of
the laws to the Senate floor. [4/8/97] New York Times.

Are you going to believe the papers? The Senat bill was S.3281 which was
NOT the counterpart to the Silver bill. It ONLY extended regs for four
years and nothing else. This would have been acceptable to almost
everyone, but we all knew it would never get out of committee now. You
have to understand politicians. They operate on the principal that the
vote they never made will not hurt them. This was an effort to force a vote.
It also killed the Silver bill as the Dems were bidding against each other.

: : Silver has long been a landlord's man no matter what speaches he's
giving now.

: In passing the A.2A the Assembly has made it clear that their intention
is to preserve rent regulated housing.

Platitudes, eh? It's politics, nothing more and tenants are the football.
If they were really serious they would go after DHCR, HPD and Housing Court.
They want one thing -- for this issue to go away.

: Bruno comment regarding people not taking his threat seriously, he
: replied, If they are stupid enough to do that, they will make the biggest
: mistake that they have made this year". [4/6/97] New York Times.

Oh sure, the laws do expire by themselves. It's a game of chicken and hysteria;
who can make the loudest noise. There will be several "extensions" for a
few days each. The papers will get it all wrong and play up the fear. In
the end, they will be renewed. Both Pataki and D'Amato realize they're up for
re-election soon and they know the laws cannot go away altogether. Delve
underneath the headlines and see what's really going on.

: The only person that shouldn't be there on lobby day is Bruno. We
don't need anyone to run interference for the Governor. We will
represent a clear message to our elected officials. Renew the Rent
Laws for 2.7 Million People in New York.

It's 2.5, but get it through your head, the real problem is from Silver.
He also knows the laws will be renewed, but at what price. Look at Silver's
history, look at the landlord candidates he puts up for office, look at
his buddies (Joe Strasburg of the RSA), look at the real estate money
the Dem. Assembly PAC gets, and look at which assemblypeople get the money.

Do a little research instead of reading flyers on the lampposts.

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