Posted by Anna on June 17, 1999 at 21:39:09:
In Reply to: Lead Paint: Help needed against Vallone's bill posted by Anna on June 17, 1999 at 21:21:44:
this is Tenant.net's alert, hope TN doesn't mind the C&P:
VALLONE LEAD PAINT BILL HEARING ON MONDAY
Emergency Alert! - Hearing of Vallone Lead Bill on Monday June 21!
We have just received word that a meeting of the City Council's Housing and
Buildings Committee has been set for this Monday, June 21, at City Hall on
the Vallone Lead Bill!
Apparently Vallone's staff has been playing with the time of the hearing --
first they said 11:00, then they said 10:00 am. At this point we're not
sure when it will start, but when we verify it, we'll send out another notice.
Also Vallone is trying to deflect responsibility by dropping it in the lap
of Archie Spigner, Councilmember from Queens and Chair of the Housing and
Buildings Committee -- who is a well-known Vallone apologist and landlord
pawn. Remember, the original lead bill, Intro 205 -- was introduced by
Stanley Michels from the Environmental Committee, not the Housing committee.
Vallone has refused to release the latest version of his bill. However, we
can expect it will be as bad as every draft we've seen thus far. You can
see the latest public draft at http://tenant.net.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1) PLEASE ALERT EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO's INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE.
2) The Housing Committee is Chaired by Archie Spigner, and includes Stanley
Michels, Helen Marshall, Martin Malave-Dilan, Tracy Boyland, Larry Warden,
Madeline Provenzano, Mike Nelso, and Thomas Ognibene. It is not a strong
group for us.
3) You should focus phone calls on Michels and Marshall, to get them to
push Intro 205, not the Vallone bill, and to push to get this meeting
adjourned until we can get a reasonable amount of time to review a draft
and prepare for a hearing.
4) You should focus as well on getting supportive council members who are
not on the Housing Committee to come to the hearing, to ask questions, to
push for Intro 205. Poeple like Lopez, Linares, Carrion, Perkins, Reed,
5) You must begin preparing testimony AT ONCE ... that, among other
things, notes the horrific process here, the failure of the Vallone bill to
protect kids, the merits of Intro 205, etc...
6) We need to get as many civic, religious, labor, racial justice,
community, health, environmental, etc. leaders and groups to weigh in on
this. NOW --- we cannot wait.
7) Come the emergency strategy meeting tomorrow morning at NY State Trial
Lawyers, 132 Nassau St., 2nd floor, at 9 a.m. If you can't come in person,
they may be able to patch you in via speaker phone (212-349-5890).
Also: goto Tenant.Net home and read TN's other lead alerts.
You don't have kids? it's not you're problem? You don't live in New York? Who do you think will pay for the damage? Who pays for lifelong medical attention? medicare/medicaid: All of us! (ps: it is also a landlord problem: you came to this board about your landlord problem...)
If you can't do any of the above, look up their email address (post it here!) then send some lead paint pages from HUD to these people! send the booklet, PDF, 836KB: they'll notice that!
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