In the Inbox today, an update from the City Council about the rent increases recently recommended by the Rent Guidelines Board, and info about two opportunities to speak out for keeping affordable housing affordable:

Dear Friend,

Our city is at a crossroads.

As you may know, on Monday, May 5, 2008, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) held its preliminary vote and recommended increases of 3.5 percent to 7 percent for one-year leases and 5.5 percent to 9.5 percent for two-year leases.

Although these proposed increases are not as large as had been recommended by some, we are deeply concerned about the effect that even modest rent increases will have on more than 2 million lower- and middle-class New Yorkers, including many of our most financially vulnerable neighbors – seniors, the disabled and others living on fixed incomes.

We must act now to ensure that these residents can continue to afford to live in their communities and homes, or risk losing the very heart and soul of our city.

We urge you to testify at one of the following upcoming RGB public hearings:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


NYC College of Technology

Kiltgord Auditorium

285 Jay Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Monday, June 16, 2008


The Great Hall at Cooper Union

7 East 7th Street

at corner of 3rd Ave. (Basement)

New York, NY 10003

These public hearings are the next critical stage in our fight to save New York City’s rent stabilized apartments. We hope you will join us in sending a strong, clear message to the RGB: Act now to help tenants! Refrain from increasing rents on those who can least afford it.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Council’s efforts to protect affordable housing, please feel free to contact Felix Palacios in the Member Services Division at 212-788-0146.
Thank you.
Christine C. Quinn
New York City Council
Rosie Mendez
Chair, Committee on Public Housing
New York City Council
Daniel R. Garodnick
Council Member
New York City Council
Letitia James
Council Member
New York City Council