For Immediate Release: January 14, 2019
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
Housing Conservation Coordinators
Housing Rights Initiative
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
The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)
Westside Neighborhood Alliance
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.
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