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Dan Garodnick on Catharine Young’s Attempt to Dismantle Tenants’ Legal Victory

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

New York City Council member Dan Garodnick has written an op-ed piece bashing Catharine Young’s Senate bill S4117A which would reverse the tenants’ victory in the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties case:

“Far from offering clarity, this bill would invite new litigation. Because landlords could deregulate J-51 apartments upon returning their tax abatements, rent-protected tenants would lose their long-standing and unimpeachable rights. That would not go unchallenged.”

The bill was passed in the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development earlier this month.

Tenants Win Major Court Victory? Not on Catharine Young’s Watch!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In 2009, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the owners of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, a sprawling middle-class apartment complex in lower Manhattan, illegally deregulated around 4,400 apartments while at the same time receiving J-51 tax breaks. In many cases, the rents more than tripled.

In today’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young, in an effort to become the best friend of every New York City landlord, introduced S4117A, a bill that would undo the tenants’ victory in the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties case by allowing landlords to return J-51 tax breaks to the government. By doing so, the billionaire landlords would get to keep all of the rent overcharges that they received from illegally destabilized middle-class tenants, and to keep those tenants at market rent forever.