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Christmas in April! Catharine Young Gives 5 Presents to Landlords

Monday, April 30th, 2012

At today’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young introduced five more bills that attack the rights of rent stabilized tenants in New York City.

S5041A – This bill would give landlords the ability to evict rent stabilized tenants if they fail to file a city/state tax return, or vote in the wrong place, and also would allow a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency at any time during the lease. A version of this bill had previously passed the Senate on June 22nd, 2011, but died in Assembly. (0:50 in video)

S5152 – This bill would would allow a landlord to evict any rent regulated tenant, who is not disabled or over the age of 62, if the landlord’s immediate family wanted to live there, even for just a short time, without demonstrating any necessity for such occupancy. (6:49 in video)

S6472 – This bill would allow a landlord to increase the stabilized rent on an apartment by 20% in the event that the residing tenant vacates or dies, and his/her family wishes to continue the lease. Furthermore, the bill would limit succession rights to one generation. (9:55 in video)

S6473 – This bill would make it easier for an apartment to become destabilized via high income, by changing the formula for calculating the $200,000 minimum annual income. Instead of requiring an income above $200,000 for each of two consecutive years, the average income over the two year period would be used in the calculation. (12:59 in video)

S6515 – This bill would eliminate a rent regulated tenant’s right to a two-year lease renewal. All lease renewals would therefore be for a term of only one year. (14:53 in video)

Senate Passes 2 of Catharine Young’s Anti-Tenant Bills

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

In today’s Senate session, Catharine Young debated her latest pro-landlord bill S5763 against senators Daniel Squadron, Thomas Duane, Liz Krueger, and Adriano Espaillat, who represent various districts of New York City which are targeted by the bill.

The goal of the bill is to allow landlords who illegally deregulated rent stabilized apartments (while simultaneously receiving J-51 tax benefits) to return those benefits to the government, thereby keeping the rent that they overcharged their tenants.

The property most notably affected by this bill is Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, whose tenants won a major court victory against their landlords in 2009 regarding several years of illegally overcharged rent (Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties). This bill would reverse the court’s decision and hand victory back to the billionaire landlords.

Young had tried the same thing earlier this year with a similar bill S4117A, but that bill failed to gain any traction. (33:50 in video)

Catharine Young later went on to debate her bill S5041 (with the help of her fellow Republican senators Michael Nozzolio and Carl Marcellino) against Krueger, Espaillat, and Gustavo Rivera. This bill would give a landlord the power to evict a rent regulated tenant by claiming that the tenant failed to properly file a tax return or voted in the wrong place. By shifting the burden of proving primary residency to the tenant, the tenant’s rights to due process would be greatly reduced. (2:12:57 in video)

As usual, Catharine Young’s own constituents are not affected by either of these bills in any way. In spite of this fact, both bills were passed by the Senate (34-28) and now move to the Assembly.

Catharine Young Tries to Prevent NYC from Collecting Property Taxes on New Developments

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

At today’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young introduced S4381, a bill that would temporarily prevent New York City from collecting local taxes on newly constructed private homes containing 3 or fewer units. This bill would only apply to NYC, and would therefore have no effect in Senator Young’s own district. Obviously, New York City opposes the bill. (2:28 in video)

Catharine Young Says: Deregulate More Apartments, Evict Tenants who Vote at the Wrong Place!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

In today’s meeting of the Senate committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young introduced S5041, a bill that would give landlords the ability to evict rent stabilized tenants if they fail to file a city/state tax return, or vote in the wrong place. The bill would also to allow a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency at any time during the lease. (4:10 in video)

Young also introduced S5047, a bill that would keep the high income rent regulation at the 1997 level of $175,000, ignoring the massive median-income and cost-of-living increases that occurred during that 14 year period, and to require all rent regulated tenants to file documents every year proving that their income is less than $175,000. Any tenant who failed to file the documents would be presumed to be making more than $175,000, which would trigger destabilization of his/her rent. And to force more deregulations, this bill would change the way the figure is calculated: gross income would be used instead of adjusted gross income, and rather than requiring a $175,000+ income for two successive years, the calculation would be based on the average of the prior two years. (11:43 in video)

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.