As a resident and property owner on the South Fork, I appreciate your recent article on the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June [“New Requirements For Landlords, And Rights For Tenants, Laid Out,” Residence, 27east.com, November 25]. Your balanced analysis did a thorough job explaining the confusion and consequences that landlords now face.
The article omitted one important aspect of this controversy; that is, which of our elected officials supported this bill? This lapse is surprising, given that our local media should encourage transparent governance and engaged citizenship, particularly as we approach an election year.
A quick search of New York State government floor vote records reveals that our state senator, Kenneth LaValle, voted “nay,” and our state assemblyman, Fred Thiele, was a co-sponsor and voted “aye.”
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