July 19, 2010 by westsideneighborhoodalliance
NEWS FLASH: The Governor just signed our bill against illegal hotels into law! Congratulations to all the WSNA members and our allies who worked so hard to get us to where we are today!
More details forthcoming. Click here for details of our victory party!
You can continue reading about the battle over illegal hotels below (written before Gov. Paterson signed the bill).
There were a number of counter-demonstrators at our press conference. Their rally against the bill was orchestrated principally by business people who profit from the status quo.
Click here to learn more about one of the leading opponents of the bill: landlord Ronnie Oved. Oved owes the city tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines for major violations in buildings he runs that many tenants also claim are illegal hotels. People were also being paid to attend the rallies he helped organize.
Other individuals came out against the bill thinking it would ban subletting or vacation rentals in New York. It will not. Click here for an updated FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS sheet that hopes to clarify why the bill is so important and to dispel any myths about it.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THE BILL PASSES & THAT PATERSON STANDS WITH TENANTS & NOT THE LIKES OF RONNIE OVED:
Everyone please email, write, call or fax Governor Paterson NOW asking him to stop the loss of NYC apartments to illegal hotels by signing A.10008/S.6873.
- Write to: Governor David A. Paterson, State Capitol, Albany, New York 12224
- Call the Governor’s office at 518-474-8390 or Fax to 518-486-1921
- E-mail the Governor by visiting – http://www.state.ny.us/governor – this will take you to the Governor’s home page and in the navigation on the left side of the homepage there’s a link to “contact” and from there another link to “e-mail the governor”
We also had some great press coverage recently. For a more detailed discussion of the bill, listen to Assembly Member Dick Gottfried in a July 8 interview on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC and a more recent radio clip from Housing Notebook with the bills sponsors and WSNA illegal hotels campaign leaders. There is also a excellent editorial in the New York Times calling on Governor Paterson to pass the bill.