Apr 112016
 
Rent Control Reform

Rent Control Reform Is Past Due At a time when rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are enjoying a freeze in their rents, another group of regulated tenants — the dwindling minority in rent-controlled apartments — is facing an increase of up to 9.6 percent over the next two years. New York Times, By MIREYA NAVARRO DEC. 31, 2015 Since December 2015  there has been a concerted effort for rent control reform to correct this inequity, which by the very nature of the rent-controlled legislation affects seniors who have lived in their apartments since the legislation began in 1970.  The 2014 Housing and Vacancy Survey found that the median rent for a rent-controlled unit was $1,020 per month on an average income of $29,000 per year…or 42% of their fixed income. (By comparison, rent-stabilized tenants pay a median rent of just $1,300 per month with average annual salaries of nearly $41,000…or 38% […]

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Apr 112016
 

The April General Meeting Agenda  …highlights endorsements for New York State candidate primary, Clean Energy March, Rent Controlled Tenants and a Street Vendor Fundraiser. Thursday, April 14, 2016 83 Christopher Street 6:30 PM This meeting must end by 9:45 PM April General  Meeting Agenda President’s Report-Nadine Hoffmann District Leader Report- Keen Berger Campaign Committee-Tony Hoffmann/Ed  Yudkowitz – Update on petitioning Gala Committee–Jen Hoppe Endorsements Assembly/ 66 AD– Deborah Glick, Arthur Schwartz State Senate/ 27 SD–Brad Hoylman  (unopposed) State Committeewoman /66 AD–Rachel Lavine  (unopposed) State Committeeman /66 AD–Deley Gazinelli, Dodge Landesman, John Scott, Benjamin Yee You can see the Live Treet of the Candidates Forum, April 7th from Danielle Tcholakian at DNA Info here. Co-sponsor the March For A Clean Energy Revolution – Sunday, July 24 — The eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding tenant issues for Seniors–Tom Connor Update on Candles for Clemency–Tony Hoffmann Street Vendor Fundraiser Party–Alison Greenberg New Business   […]

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Mar 302016
 
VID's March Meeting

VID’s March Meeting featured reports on the gun violence forum, the Congressional primary, an early voting bill in the NYS legislature and the Algonquin Pipeline.  It ended with Club endorsements for Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. See the full meeting minutes here.  [Revised ] President Nadine Hoffmann opened VID’s March meeting by welcoming Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is up for reelection.  He soon left, as he could not speak at the meeting. She then reported on the March 1 Women’s Issues forum at the Red Room, participated in by VID, DID, CODA, Manhattan Young Dems, and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.  There had also been a forum on gun violence the day before, sponsored by the VID and VRDC, and featuring Keith Wright, Richard Aborn, Leah Gunn Barrett, and Scott Stringer, among others.  And she reminded the members about the upcoming Candidates Night on April 7.  See April […]

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