Tenants Deliver Valentine’s Day Message to Governor Cuomo

About 400 tenants from four boroughs of New York City and Westchester County braved bitter cold weather on February 14 to deliver a giant valentine to Governor Andrew Cuomo at the executive mansion in Albany. (The valentine was created for the Real Rent Reform Campaign by Patricia Kirshner and Janet Ziff.) 

“We are asking Governor Cuomo to show renting families some love this Valentine’s Day by fighting to strengthen our rent laws,” said Rosario Hernandez, a Greenpoint tenant and chair of the United Neighbors Organization. The tenants then marched several times through the Empire State Plaza Concourse, where the legislature’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus was holding its annual conference.

Sergio Cuevas of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition called on the Caucus to make the fight for stronger rent laws a priority, to repeal vacancy deregulation and close the MCI and preferential-rent loopholes. Some tenants attended a housing workshop sponsored by the caucus. The health-care workers union Local 1199 contributed a large contingent, with two busloads of members making the trip.