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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Will tenants long suffering at the hands of slumlords—in the Bronx and throughout New York City—soon find some relief?

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will hold a press conference Wednesday at 11am at the City Hall steps to introduce legislation that will make harassment of tenants illegal, and allow tenants to seek recourse—including fines against their landlords—in housing court. A press release issued by Benjamin Dultschin, deputy director for the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development (ANHD) speaks to concerns echoed by many West Bronx residents: “As market rents continue to rise in neighborhoods across the City, there is more and more incentive for landlords to use non-legal methods to push out tenants who are paying less then the market will bear,” the release states.

This, in fact, was the very claim made by Highbridge resident Carmen Vasquez earlier this year, prior to her eviction by property manager Alliance Housing Associates II.

More news about Quinn: Yesterday’s New York Post reported that she supports state Senator Jeff Klein’s proposal to punish establishments caught serving alcohol to minors. Klein’s proposal would not only take liquor licenses away from said establishments, but would strip lottery licenses as well. In addition, the companies issuing fake ID’s could face civil penalties for any damages caused by underage drunks.

Today’s Daily News has an article about Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión’s recent declaration of support for the Yankee Stadium parking garages. Carrión had initially expressed serious concern that his office did not have enough information about the city’s plan to subsidize the garages to the tune of $225 million. However, he says a presentation by the city Economic Development Corporation won him over.


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