Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2019
Contact: press@fairelectionsny.org

Housing Groups Respond to Legislation to Close the LLC Loophole

Housing and tenants rights groups across New York reacted today to legislation to close the LLC loophole, issuing the following joint statement:

“Albany has finally reined-in one of the most egregious loopholes in New York’s campaign finance system. Much damage has been done by giving so much power to New York’s wealthiest landlords and industries, but now Albany deserves credit for moving to close important aspects of the LLC loophole.

The next critical step — empowering grassroots New Yorkers to participate in the political system — is just as important, if not more so. Through a small-dollar matching system, we can finally give tenants a bigger voice in Albany, where landlords have long held political influence. Without this critical reform, real estate money will continue to dominate Albany, during one of the worst housing crises in memory.”

Akron Mobile Homes Tenants Association

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Carroll Gardens Association

Churches United for Fair Housing

City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester

Cooper Sq Committee

Fifth Ave Committee

Flatbush Tenants Coalition

FUREE

Housing Conservation Coordinators

Housing Rights Initiative

Indivisible Brooklyn

Met Council on Housing

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

NY Communities for Change

NYS Tenants and Neighbors

Picture the Homeless

RENA – Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Alliance

Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association

Tenants PAC

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)

VOCAL-NY

Westside Neighborhood Alliance

 

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New Yorkers deserve a responsive, accountable government. Voter turnout in New York is among the lowest in the nation, due in part to antiquated procedures for registration and voting that discourage participation. And our campaign finance system favors the wealthy over everyday, working New Yorkers.

To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many.

 

 

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