Support Bill 8409 – Take Action Today!

This is the time for you to act! NYCLT has been in Albany for weeks and we finally have a bill number (8409) in the Assembly. Now it’s vital that we put pressure on the Assembly to pass the bill. We still have an uphill battle in the Senate, so it’s important right now that we hold our Assembly members accountable. Simultaneously, there are several critical cases coming before the Loft Board Thursday, June 15, and we need bodies in the room to show the Board that loft tenants won’t let our members be pushed out of their homes. These are the two actions:

1. Call your Assembly members!

Please get on the phone with your Assembly members today and encourage everyone you know across the state to do the same. Look up your Assembly member here.

Here’s the calling script:

Hello, my name is ________. I’m a constituent from _________, zip code ______. I don’t need a response. I am calling to express my support for Assembly bill 8409, the Loft Law Clean-Up Bill. I strongly encourage the Assembly member to vote for 8409 and to please urge Speaker Heastie to support the bill in end of session negotiations with the Senate and the Governor. If this bill doesn’t pass this session, many people will lose their homes!

Thank you for your hard work!”

2. Attend the Loft Board meeting!

Thursday, June 15th – 2:15pm

280 Broadway, New York, NY
3rd Floor

Skip work, skip school, just do it! We need to fill the room with loft tenants – several people are faced with losing their homes and we need to put a lot of pressure on the board to table their cases until we can get changes to the law in Albany.

Together we can win this!

Press: Artists May Lose Studio of 20-Plus Years Due to Loft Law Loophole

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A personal account of the harmful effects of “Bloomberg’s Exclusions”. The Loft Law is designed to bring buildings into code compliance by requiring landlords and tenants to draft plans together to solve problems but first units need to win coverage. Bloomberg’s arbitrary coverage restrictions prevent that possibility. It’s NYCLT’s position that, if denied coverage and tenants are evicted, landlords will continue to rent non-compliant spaces illegally. NYCLT wants Albany to remove the coverage exclusion, let issues of code compliance be fixed. Let live/work tenants keep their homes! Read the article here.

Excerpted from DNA: “We are the people who made the cultural fabric of New York. We are working artists who embrace a community. We’ve been doing our work, but at the same time we have created a community around our house, around our home,” Ximena Garnica, who moved into the CAVE at 58 Grand St. in 2004 and uses the studio as a rehearsal space for her dance company LEIMAY. said. 

The Loft Board cited the lack of external windows as their only objection to their application, while three other tenants in the building were recommended coverage, according to the order.

Despite the fact that this space currently has street-facing windows, and work could be done to increase the light/air ratio, the Bloomberg exclusions require tenants to provide proof of windows on June 21, 2010 (Photo courtesy Tenants of 58 Grand Street).

On May 18th the tenant community made a public stand in support of the CAVE, as the Loft Board voted on the recommendation from OATH about their coverage application. The tenants worried the board members wouldn’t spend enough time reviewing the details of the trial, which they believe overlooked important facts and confused testimony. (Photos courtesy Liza Béar)

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