With state rent regulations set to expire on June 15, lawmakers are grappling with what to do about this enormously complex and controversial area of housing policy. New York City and its surrounding suburbs make up one of the most expensive areas in the world, and no one doubts the housing crisis needs to be tackled.
So one would think lawmakers in Albany would want to collect as much information as possible to ensure the city can create a pathway to housing that is not only affordable but also of high quality.
Unfortunately, a small number of the most vocal housing activists stood in the way of such an essential process.
Last Thursday, lawmakers convened a hearing in the city to gather public testimony and resident feedback on the state of our rental-housing stock. Yet, as anyone who attended or watched the event knows, elected officials were largely unable to obtain any fact-driven analysis and were sometimes also swept up by the rhetoric of the activists.