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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.

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.