With the City Council having taken no action in almost a year on 12 bills intended to curb “construction as harassment,” housing activists are pressuring it to move.
A reform bill introduced in the state legislature would require landlords to renew the lease based on the lower preferential rent as long as the tenant stays in the apartment. The Assembly has passed the bill every year for the last several years, but the Republicans and turncoat Democrats who control the state Senate have refused to pass it.
Politicians elected to represent working families must act as coalition partners with the 99% inside the centers of government power. They are not mediators to act between the 99% and a powerful minority.