The Democratic senators in the State Senate need 32 votes to approve legislation, and they now have 39 members. That means they do not need one single Republican senator to vote to pass the Rent Control Regulations for the people of New York State.
Democrats in New York State need to get their act together this week. If not, landlords will be able to evict tenants without cause and rent-regulated apartments will be turned into free-market units.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has given his word that he will sign into law whatever rent package the Senate passes. So what is the delay in passing these bills before rent and tenant protection laws expire?
With Democrats in control in New York State, why is this dreaded deadline still looming overhead?
With Democrats in control, why are protesters filling buses to Albany to jam the hallways with chants and signs to demand universal rent control regulations?
With Democrats in control, why are truly concerned housing advocates, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, getting arrested in Albany during protests?
Should there be any reason at all for Governor Cuomo to have to threaten elected officials that he will keep them in Albany after session if they do not pass these laws to protect New York’s tenants?
What can I say to those who tell me repeatedly that they vote for Democrats because they believe the Democrats are there to represent their needs, and then they have such anxiety because New York Democrats in charge haven’t resolved this matter yet?
With all of the public protests – and Governor Andrew Cuomo having to act like a Den mom – I can only hope the Democratic chaos will end and New York’s senior citizens, families and individuals will get the affordable housing they need.
Councilman Ruben Diaz