State Troopers Arrest NYC Lawmakers At Rent Control Rally

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state troopers arrested a dozen protesters, including a state senator, who blocked the entrance to the governor’s office in a choreographed act of civil disobedience to push for rent control.

About 200 demonstrators were chanting Monday for new legislation to protect some 2.5 million people protected by rent controls in New York City apartments while 30 uniformed state troopers watched. Those who sat or knelt in front of the door to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offices face a disorderly conduct charge, a violation.

Sen. Bill Perkins, a Manhattan Democrat and the first escorted out, said they are trying to get rent laws renewed or reformed.

Bronx Assemblyman Jose Rivera also was arrested.

Lawmakers are considering a deal to extend current rent protections. Some protesters say that’s not enough.

Should rent control be preserved or gotten rid of? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Frank Rizzo

    If rents are such a problem in NYC, you can always move somewhere else where rents are lower. It’s a free country, you know.

    • Alanna

      If the country were truly free, we could live where we desired, not be forced to live elsewhere because of rent costs.

      New York used to be a city of opportunity and diversity. Society needs working class people to do the work that keeps life flowing normally. Without it, the system collapses, whether you are rich or not.

  • regresa4

    New York city has become a residence for the Rich only. Rents are outragous and out of range for most of the working class.
    Most working poor and middle class cannot afford the rents in New York City and are forced to share housing with other family members or illegally sublet rooms with boarders to make ends meet reminicent of London in the 1800’s
    Homelessness is growing and Government funded programs to assist the poor in paying their rents have been terminated. for this and many other reasons the Rent Control Laws should be continued not terminated. New York City also belongs to the Blue Collar Workers who are the foundation and the wheel that keeps New York what it is The City that never sleeps.

    • Oliver

      Very true and very very well said.

    • chas

      If rent control is such a good thing then why is it so expensive to live in NYC. Rent control does not work. It makes overall rents higher! If it weren’t profitable to “illegally” sublet then there would be more inventory helping rents go down.

  • Lucius Junius Brutus

    At current “market rents” in NYC, eventually, not even some doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs will be able to afford most decent rental apartments. What everyone in Albany and landlords in Manhattan have forgotten, is that in post Second World War NYC, Apartments in excellent housing stock ,that is now considered to be “pre-war luxury housing”, was going begging because of the movement of families to the suburbs.
    In the mid ’50’s through ’60’s a three bedroom apartment on the upper East Side in a doorman building could be rented by a divorcee’ with two daughters for a couple of hundred dollars..
    The West Side of Manhattan past CPW was almost still recovering from the Depression.
    Today, doctors and Stock Traders fight over the privilege of living in West End Avenue apartment once inhabited by a police patrolman from the 100 st. precinct. Elderly retirees lived next door to families of NYU , CCNY or Columbia teachers who made extra money driving cabs at night, and teachers from public schools.
    These people MADE NYC what it was.
    If it becomes a $2000/room ghetto for the wealthy, NYC will die as the people who ran it, the firemen, police and librarians and other blue collar residents all are forced to leave.
    Central park, once the great meetingplace for city dwellers before room air conditioning is now home more to rats who live there in the day and venture out at nght to feed off open garbage pails and at restaurant doors in anonimizing darkness. Even the trees in the Five Boroughs are shriveling up and dying, piecemeal, as if to say, “this place is used up and no longer has the resources to care for us”. I cannot find a single block without dead or dying trees. New York City is fast becoming a place people may live in for a few years but will be forced out of, eventually, if they want normal lives.
    . Without the free museums and the cheap kids’ movie sections, everywhere ruled over by elderly ladies in white uniform dresses, NYC whill have no character and will become a ghost city seen and remembered only in film and in books.
    I think the best indicator is the number of newspapers NYC lost before that “Scourge of God”, the Internet and Web, came to wash the rest away in an inkless, electronic massacre .
    Eventually, even the private schools may leave when their land becomes so valuable that it will be cheaper to bus NYC City students out to NJ or up to the North Bronx or Yonkers” (Oh! That’s already happened to many some!) The Public schools will make deals to share space with with private landowners and the occasional block with it’s 2 storey school building and playing yards with associated playgrounds will become another NYC memory, like the free Museum of Natural History and CCNY.
    There may come a time when no one will want to, or be able to live here anymore and the whole island will be sold to the UN and used as hotel space for wealthy foreigners who will be the only people with money.
    NYC will be reduced to a Spartan like existance where the only real residents will the actors who, daily, will put on a show for the foreigners exhibiting muggings and robberies and high speed police chases for the Aliens who want to see what it was like to live in the “big Apple” what was once the heart of the nation , if not the world.

    • Aleksandr Nemets

      Spartans have strong rules for residents. There were no homeless peoples there at all. And country cared for their older residents and sick.
      They were not actors but strong nations who live by the sword and die by it.
      NYC far from Sparta in any sense.
      Bloomberg does not care about residents – he cares about self proclaimed image and his companies profits from the city.

  • Bloomberg hates New Yorkers

    The rent regulation laws need to be extended and strengthened. I agree with nyc’s comment — everything Bloomberg does makes life more and more impossible for poor and middle-class New Yorkers. He couldn’t care less as our lives fall apart. I moved to New York when Ed Koch was the mayor. That man led the city with heart and cared about the people, at a time when the economy was also very difficult. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    • Grant

      Not all of you said is true.
      He does care for the city where his company can get 10 mill for renaming bridge.
      Actually he is the one who proposed and push for renaming act, does not matter. Bloomberg care for rich and famous. Without those he is nothing.
      New yorkers is just a background for him.
      He bought mayor sit 3 times and he will do it again.
      Too much money still in the city pockets for him to steal..

  • nyc

    Mayor Bloomberg has ordered all poor and middle class individuals that cannot afford to live in New York to leave. This has become a city for the rich only. Enough free rides !

  • SteveB

    There must be a safety net for those that are incapable of earning the income necessary to keep up with inflation. This is a civil society where we do not allow those less fortunate starve to death or become homeless. Perhaps those self proclaimed god fearing righteous conservative Republicans that wish to do away with entitlements to the poor and less fortunate can practice what they preach and give the working poor a break. The owners of these properties should not expect to make the profit they make on contemporary properties.

    • Frank Rizzo

      you sound like a communist to me

    • A.N

      What the hek are you talking about.
      I know accountant who working for realty management in Brooklyn.
      He once said that rent from building I live in in single month covering 50% of all expenses of the landlord for a year.
      Than what about 10 month? isn’t pure profit?

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