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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tenant Harrassment Hearing Thursday Morning

City Council is holding a second hearing on what they are calling "landmark tenant harassment legislation" (Intro. 627) tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Mt. Hope Monitor editor James Fergusson wrote about the bill when housing advocates protested against Bronx Council Member Maria Baez for introducing and sponsoring a competing bill, Inro. 638 (as did Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera) that was deemed decidedly pro-landlord.

Baez and Rivera's pro-landlord bill is now dead after they dropped their support for it in December, but the pro-tenant bill (627), championed by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, is gaining momentum.

Several housing groups here in the northwest Bronx are working hard to push 627 through the Council and it would be a huge victory for them and the tenants they are working for if it passes.

Stay tuned. We'll hopefully have an update on this legislation toward the end of the week.

1 comment:

  1. Some Council Members today were concerned with assessing how fair 627 would be for both landlords and tenants. They were preoccupied with the notion that 627 be balanced. Some other Council Members pointed out HPD's inconsistencies and emphasized what a historic bill it would be. Representatives of the City-wide Tenant Housing Corp. did an amazing job defending the bill!


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