Dueling Protests Collide Outside Brooklyn Rent Reform Hearing


Dueling Protests Collide Outside Brooklyn Rent Reform Hearing

2019-05-17T11:04:26-07:00May 17th, 2019|Advocacy|

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN —A column of tenants rights advocates marched through a booing crowd of building workers in the streets of Crown Heights Wednesday, hours before a New York state Senate hearing on rent reform was slated to take place.

The opposing protests collided outside Medgar Evers College, where New Yorkers from across the state gathered to testify about a nine-bill rent reform package proposed by lawmakers to strengthen tenant rights and make it more difficult for landlords to evict low-income residents.

Tenants advocates came to support legislation that would eliminate Major Capital Improvement — a provision that allows landlords to raise rents after completing capital projects — which they argue is manipulated to displace low-income residents from rent stabilized homes.

Beverly Newsome, tenant president of the nearby Ebbets Field Houses, one of the largest rent stabilized developments in New York City, said landlords used an MCI to upgrade elevators that continued to break down.

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