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REAL RENT REFORM CALLS GOVERNOR’S CHANGE OF STRATEGY ON RENT LAW REFORM “SIMPLY WRONG,” URGES HIM TO RECONSIDER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2011

CONTACT: Doug Forand, (917) 733-2763

Mary Tek, (212) 608-4320, ext. 316

Full statement from Real Rent Reform Campaign’s Michael McKee: “We are greatly disappointed that the Governor now says rent law renewal and reform may not be in the budget, just days after saying he preferred to include the issue in budget negotiations. It is simply wrong for Governor Cuomo to wave the white flag on this critical issue and to give the first major concession of his tenure to the Senate Republicans and their deep-pocketed allies in the real estate industry. Our state government is broken because of special interests like this, and any form of appeasement will only embolden them to create further obstacles to real reform. The governor clearly knows that rent law renewal and reform is critical for millions of New Yorkers. All the rent reform supporters I have talked to agree that the only way to accomplish meaningful reform of rent regulation is to pass it within budget, and that only a budget including rent reform will be acceptable. Anything short will play into the Republican plans to delay renewal until the last minute, and then dilute rent protections the same way they did the last time these laws had to be renewed. If the Governor is sincere about his stated goal of strengthening rent regulations, he will reconsider his approach and include rent reform in the budget.”

For more information, contact the Real Rent Reform campaign at: www.realrentreform.org, call us at 212-608-4320 ext. 316 or email realrentreform@gmail.com


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