Join the NYCLT, local and state politicians, as well as many allies for a Save the Loft Law rally!
March 22, 2018 – 7pm
Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii
225 Seigel Street
Bushwick by the Montrose stop on the L train.
Our substantial bill passed in the Assembly but did not come to a floor vote in the Senate. Legislative sessions are two years long, however, and so an active bill in June 2017 will be taken up again in January of 2018. The bill (A8409 in the Assembly and S6828 in the Senate (read the details here)) covered a lot of ground benefitting the community and still has a very good chance of being signed into law as long as we keep up the pressure.
Between all the phone calls and visits to Albany and district offices around the city, NYCLT has made many new allies in the ranks of the state and city government. We also ended up in productive negotiations with the administration of the city itself, over and above the support, we already had from several of the more sympathetic members of the City Council. We also found some sympathetic ears in Governor Cuomo’s office, and are hoping to be able to bring the weight of the state’s highest office to bear on this issue.
While we continue to build support for the bill in 2018 we have a few other efforts underway to protect tenants. We are drafting a sign-on letter from state representatives to Dept of Buildings Commissioner Chandler and the Loft Board, asking them to withhold final judgement on cases that would have a different outcome if S6828 passes (mostly people with coverage issues relating to windows, basements, or the application deadline – if you are one of those tenants contact us)
And, we are working with supportive City Council members to put pressure on the Mayor to address this issue. The mayor actually has considerable power when it comes to the Loft Board that he has so far not exercised in any way, shape or form.
What you can do NOW to help
Let’s keep up the fight!