JOIN THE PARTY UP IN ALBANY!
We are taking a free bus up to Albany on May 22nd.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Million Dollar Staircase
New York State Capitol, 3rd Floor Albany, New York 11210
PRESS CONFERENCE & PROTEST OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS
TO DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY & AN END TO ANTI-TENANT BIAS
Mayor de Blasio + Commissioner Chandler stop giving us lip service when we need actual help preserving affordable housing for livework tenants and all tenants.
NYC Loft Tenants in collaboration with Assembly Member Maritza Davila and co-sponsored by Dumbo Neighborhood Alliance is holding a protest and press conference on Friday, April 27,at 1:00pm on the street at 280 Broadway, Manhattan outside the Department of Buildings. Speakers will include Assembly Member Joe Lentol, Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, Council Member Steve Levin, NYCLT activists and tenants from 83-85 Bowery.
NYCLT will be protesting in solidarity with the tenants of 83-85 Bowery who are protesting today, Thursday, April 26th. The fact that there are spontaneous rolling protests of the Department of Buildings is alarming. Mayor de Blasio claims to support tenants. Why is the Mayor not demanding the DOB and the NYC Loft Board get with the program?
The role of the NYC Department of Buildings in the affordability crisis is gravely underestimated and has gone unreported. NYC Loft Tenants is calling this Protest/Press Conference to shine a light on DOB negligence, anti-tenant bias and outright malfeasance as the DOB and its sub-agency the NYC Loft Board routinely take action to push people from their homes, aiding and abetting greedy real estate interests in emptying buildings. It smells like collusion to us!
Cases in point:
Tenants should not be forced to sue the City to get the DOB to do its job!
DOB + Loft Board strategies used to push out tenants:
“As we work toward a solution for loft tenants, all parties need to understand that we are talking about New Yorker’s homes. For tens of thousands of people, an affordable, safe, and harassment-free place to live is not a guarantee. The work to remedy this is nonstop. The tactics of some of these bad actors to force people out never ceases to surprise me. Few would argue that the system is working for tenants. We need to make changes. Even with laws on the books, many that I have helped to get passed, somehow injustices continue. This is why I stand with livework tenants. For decades I’ve watched these people make from nothing, something that truly enriches our city and communities, whether through their work or workspace. It is wrong to let these livework tenants be forced out when we’re so close to a solution,”
– Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.
NYCLT is demanding the Mayor take immediate action to right the ship at the DOB and the Loft Board.
Enough is Enough!