The New Year is here, marking the start of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. As your representative in the New York State Assembly, I am honored to be your voice in Albany and fight for the issues that matter most to our community!
Over the next few months, I will be traveling back and forth between the 86th Assembly District and Albany, working to pass this year's budget. As always, I am deeply focused on strengthening and improving our community. Beginning in February, I plan to start hosting monthly community town hall meetings and events. I will be sending out this information in a monthly Newsletter, so please be on the lookout! You can also stay up to date on community news and events by liking my Facebookpage or following me on Twitter andInstagram.
Whether I'm up in Albany or here in the Bronx, the 86th Assembly District is always on my mind. My District Office is open to assist you with your needs, so please do not hesitate to call, or stop by the office for help.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Member of Assembly
RECOGNIZING DOMINICAN HERITAGE
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RENT REGULATION LAWS
On , New York's rent regulation laws are set to expire. Unless these laws are renewed by the State Legislature,
it will be difficult, if not impossible, to afford living in New York City.
I am committed to making sure that we not only renew these laws,
but strengthen them in order to make it more difficult for landlords
to harass tenants and evict them from their homes for the purpose
of making a profit.
I have committed to signing on to different pieces of legislation in order
to protect tenants, like yourself, from these predatory practices:
End Fraudulent Fees: A555 (Dinowitz)
This bill would prohibit surcharges for tenant installed appliances, such
as air conditioners or washing machines, where the tenant pays for
electric utility services.
Rent Control Relief: A7881 (Rosenthal)
This bill will end the annual 7.5% rent increases and bring the increases
for rent controlled tenants in line with rent stabilization adjustments.
Eliminate the Vacancy Bonus: A7343 (Kavanagh)& Repeal
Deregulation of Rent Regulated Apartments A landlord is able to
increase his rent by 20% once a tenant vacates an apartment. This is
called a "vacancy bonus." Eliminating this perverse incentive is critical,
and will help prevent landlords from kicking tenants out based on their
desire to make more money. Also, preventing the deregulation of rent
regulated apartments will further protect tenants from harassment.
In the 86th Assembly District, there are an estimated 29,000 rent
regulated apartments, which includes both rent controlled and rent
stabilized units. I will keep fighting to make sure that affordability
in the Bronx a priority, and I work with the State Legislature to protect
tenants and keep them in their homes!