Tenant organizations are holding a rally October 1, 2005 from 12-1:30pm outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s Upper East Side mansion to demand home rule. New York City’s power to address the housing crisis was suspended in 1971 by passage in of the Rockefeller Urstadt law. The Urstadt law prohibits the city of New York from strengthening its rent laws, or expanding them to cover unregulated units. The only power left to the City Council and the Mayor is the power to weaken the laws.

But Mayor Bloomberg has announced that he is against home rule. If he has his way, tens of thousands of units of affordable housing will be lost to decontrol each year and his Rent Guidelines Board will hit tenants will huge increases.

Join us on Saturday October 1 to send billionaire Bloomie a message.

WHAT: Rally for Home Rule over rent regulation
WHEN: Saturday October 1, 2005
TIME: 12-1:30PM
WHERE: 17 E. 79TH Street

Home rule would restore power to New York City Council. Currently, city landlords send political contributions to upstate Senate Republicans and pro-landlord Democrats to influence their votes on rents and evictions. Many times these same Albany politicians will not have a single rent regulated tenant in their district—let alone a New York City resident.

With home rule restored, the New York City Council could, among other things:
•End vacancy increases and decontrol
•End abuse of increases for "capital improvements"
•Protect tenants paying "preferential rents" from drastic rent increases
•Protect tenants in buildings losing Mitchell-Lama or Section 8 subsidies