Some Bronx residents rally in front of City Hall for changes to apartment rent laws
(05/02/04) CITY HALL - Some pajama-wearing Bronx residents crowded the street near City Hall demanding changes to rent laws. They say their outfits were meant as a symbol of prices being too high. Protesters rallied in front of Sheldon Silver's (D-New York State Assembly Speaker) office.
They feel he is not being forceful enough in protecting Bronx tenants. In particular, protesters want Silver to overturn a law created last year. The legislation makes it legal for landlords to charge market rates after a tenant moves out. A spokesman for Assemblyman Silver says the speaker is an ally of tenants. He blames the Republican-controlled Senate and Governor Pataki for relaxing rent laws.
Protesters estimate 200,000 once-regulated apartments have now been priced at market rates. They also say 1 million stabilized apartments are left in the area but believe many of them could be raised to market rates in the next decade.