Senate Democrats have a new weapon in their fight to expand rent laws: a YouTube video titled “525,600 Minutes.” The video, inspired by the Broadway musical, “Rent,” stars Daniel Squadron (who represents Lower Manhattan), as well as Adriano Espaillat and Liz Krueger. Don’t worry, no one breaks into song. In the clip below, Squadron is walking with LES resident Janette Brown, who lives on East 8th Street. Senate Republicans have indicated they’re willing to renew rent laws (which expire June 15) but they are unlikely to support expansion of current regulations.
Nobody wants to take any of these apartments away from their current occupants, especially the elderly and disabled ones, and everyone knows that the rent laws will at least partially be renewed.
But where is the little girl going to live in ten years if her mom still is occupying a family-sized apartment after her kids leave? Where are new residents and jobs going to come from? Why are we preserving rent regulation for rich people and slamming immigrants with the highest rent burdens in the city?
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