Tennant Meeting

Tennant Meeting

Tennant Meeting

Tennant Meeting

Tennant Meeting

Tennant Meeting

Waiting outside of St. Bartholomew’s Church for the Town Hall Meeting on Home Rule, June 13, 2006, the community sentiment was clear. Home Rule needs to be restored. Put in place to allow communities to deal with specific local problems which may not apply to the overall state, like this one, Home Rule, if restored, would put a serious hold back on rent heights in New York City. Tenant Rights Activists gathered around the Church with flyers and stickers in hand, passionate and ready to speak about the need for rent protection.

Amos Hough, spokesperson for the N.Y.C. AIDS Housing Network waited his turn to speak at the Town Hall Meeting. Hough hopes that “the next governor will step up and ensure affordable housing for all New Yorkers.” Fellow tenant’s rights activist Anthony Tyrone, President of Midtown Tenants Association had a similar sentiment. They both feel that the Home Rule Act is in dire need of restoration. With NYC suffering from record levels of homelessness and more than half of all rent regulated tenants paying over 30% of their income on rent, rent heights must be stopped or the situation will only worsen.