Dear New Yorker,
Last month, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) adopted a proposed range of increases for NYC rent stabilized apartments: between 3.25% to 6.25% for 1-year leases and 5% to 9.5% for 2-year leases.
If approved, these increases will negatively impact millions of low- and middle-class New Yorkers, many of whom are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and pay more than 50% of their income in rent. That’s why this year we’re once again calling for a rent freeze.
Unfortunately, the RGB has only scheduled one public hearing before their final vote this year – and it’s in Manhattan, mainly during working hours, which will make it extremely difficult for folks, especially in the outer boroughs, to attend and testify. Additional details below:
- Thursday, June 13, 2013, Public Hearing (Public Testimony), Emigrant Savings Bank Building, 49-51 Chambers Street (between Broadway and Centre Street), New York, NY 1007, starting at 10 AM
- Thursday, June 20, 2013, Public Meeting (Final Vote), The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street (at corner of Third Avenue), Basement, New York, NY 10003, starting at 5:30 PM
These rent increases will affect ALL of our neighborhoods, so it’s important not to let this deter us and to make every effort to ensure that our voices are heard.
Tenants and advocates have requested that an additional outer borough hearing be scheduled during the evening hours – but, so far, the Board has refused to do so.
In response, Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) and other tenant advocacy groups are hosting their own unofficial RGB hearing in the Bronx next Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the New Settlement Community Center, located at 1501 Jerome Avenue and 172nd Street, starting at 5:30 PM.
Given the RGB’s decision to forgo outer borough hearings, we wanted to help CASA and its partners get the word out and encourage folks to attend.
More importantly, we want to urge everyone, if at all possible, to testify at the RGB’s public hearing on June 13th. If taking time off from work, school and/or family isn’t an option, you can submit your views in writing instead by addressing them to the Chairman, or any Board member, c/o the NYC Rent Guidelines Board, 51 Chambers St., Suite 202, New York, NY 10007 or by email at [email protected].
Additional information about this year’s rent guidelines process can be found on the RGB’s website at www.nycrgb.org.
Christine C. Quinn