Update: 5:17 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to instill a sense of urgency today in Albany, telling reporters (and indirectly, Governor Andrew Cuomo) that "this is a moment where we need that leadership" in order to get his agenda items passed. Regarding rent regulation laws set to expire on June 15, the mayor said, there are "a million rent-regulated units — over 2 million New Yorkers who live in them. Their fate is hanging in the balance. Whether we're going to have a steady supply of affordable housing in our city, or whether more and more people are going to be displaced. More and more people — unable to live in their neighborhoods, unable to live in the city they love. That's what's hanging in the balance on rent regulation."
De Blasio also said he talked with new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on the phone, but didn't meet him in-person.
The mayor seemed to take a passive-aggressive tact when asked about how he would get his rent-regulation proposals approved by the state Senate: "I think people all over the state are disappointed in Albany," De Blasio said. "And it's a chance for Albany to turn the page and do some things that will actually restore faith and energize people again.
"The numbers speak for themselves — 2 million-plus renters in New York City, 1.2 million school children. Let's think about their parents and extended family. That's going to be two, three, four million people easy. I don't know many leaders of the executive or legislative branch anywhere that ignore millions and millions of people and think it will not have a consequence. So, I believe we are in a functioning democracy. And the voices of the people will be felt very intensely here."
Original story is below:
Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in Albany today to nudge state legislators about a few of his agenda items, including extending and strengthening rent regulations. But a report released Tuesday by the Citizens Budget Commission — "Five Myths About Rent Regulation in New York City" — pushes in the other direction. What if they got rid of rent-controlled and -stabilized apartments altogether?
"To start from the beginning, if we had a perfect situation, we probably wouldn't create this bifurcated housing market," the CBC's Rahul Jain tells the Voice about his report. "We need to slowly phase it out for households that can afford market-rate units."More »