[COMM-ORG] Met Council Weekly Update

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From: "Met Council Update" <active at metcouncilonhousing.org>




The Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY) is one of the biggest spenders on 
in the state.

After Met Council's report

a Moreland Commission investigation into five luxury developers

housing advocates were joined by good government groups and elected 
officials in
calling for a broader investigation into REBNY's dealings.

The Moreland Commission prepared subpoenas, but they were never
delivered. According to reports from the Daily News

and NY Times

the governor's office may have interfered with the process to protect 
his allies
in the real estate community.

But we know when and where REBNY members are getting together.

*Join us on Wednesday *as we deliver symbolic subpoenas to REBNY members 
they head into a meeting at their offices. We have to keep up the 
pressure to
force Governor Cuomo to allow the Moreland Commission to conduct their
investigations into public corruption. The reports from the Times and 
Daily News
are rumored to make the governor rethink his strategy because the public is

Tenants can't allow REBNY to drown out our voices in Albany with campaign
contributions. For more information about the protest, sign the online 

or call Jaron at 718-864-3932.


Last week, the Gotham Gazette chronicled the struggle

in which Met Council and other advocates are engaged. The story also 
focuses on
the efforts of Citizen Action of NY, Common Cause, Tenants PAC, the New
Roosevelt Initiative, and State Senator Liz Krueger.

It's a good read to get up to speed on why this fight matters to tenants 
what we'll be up against when the rent laws expire in June 2015. Read it 

Clearly, Governor Cuomo is uncomfortable with the investigation focusing 
on his
relationship with real estate. That makes the next New York City Moreland
Commission hearing even more important - the hearing will take place on 
29, 6pm at Lighthouse International (111 E 59th Street, Manhattan).*

We need tenants to mobilize, testify, and raise visibility on the issue. If
you're interested in finding out more, email jaron at metcouncilonhousing.org
<mailto:jaron at metcouncilonhousing.org>.


Met Council is planning to work with tenant associations, community 
groups, and
service providers from around the city to launch a campaign to repeal the
Urstadt Law and regain home rule of the rent laws. If you or your 
are interested in attending an initial planning meeting, contact us at
organizing at metcouncilonhousing.org 
<mailto:organizing at metcouncilonhousing.org>.

You can read the /Tenant/Inquilino/article on home rule by Met Council, Inc
Board Chair Kenny Shcaeffer HERE


Gotham Gazette - "Housing Activists' Hopes for Moreland Commission Fade"

The Real Deal - "REBNY's Races"

NY Daily News - "Real Estate PAC Spends Megabucks on City Council Races"

NY Daily News - "Cuomo Received Contributions from Developers Before 
Signing Tax

NY Epoch Times - "Senator Krueger Calls for Moreland Commission 
Investigation of

NY Daily News Exclusive on Met Council Report


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