Hundreds of Bronx and city tenants rally near Mayor Bloomberg?s townhouse

Bronx and city residents want Mayor Bloomberg to take control of rent laws.

Hundreds of tenants marched and rallied near the mayor?s Upper East Side townhouse Saturday, only to be broken up by police. Police say the protestors couldn?t walk down E. 79th Street.

Since the early 1970s, Albany lawmakers have passed rent and eviction legislation that affects residents in the city. Housing advocates say the laws don?t accommodate city-specific concerns.

Rally organizers say they are considering taking legal action against the city because police didn?t allow their march. Meanwhile, housing advocates say if the mayor won?t make any changes, they will use their votes to push for change in the next statewide election. In the past, Mayor Bloomberg has said he opposes local rent regulations because of the cost to the city.

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