Nixon lays out housing plan
Laura Nahmias and Sally Goldenberg are reporting for Politico New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on May 3, unveiled a housing plan that includes an overhaul of rent regulations. Nixon made various proposals, including the elimination of existing loopholes that allow landlords to raise rents and deregulate rent-stabilized apartments, changing formulas that landlords use to calculate rent increases based on improvements they make to apartments, and increased funding for the state agency that enforces tenant protection laws. “Right now, too many New Yorkers can no longer afford to live in the town, the neighborhood or even the city where they grew up. Nearly half of our state's residents are renters, and under Governor Cuomo, New York’s renters have been left behind,” she said. Much of Nixon's platform reflects housing reforms long advocated for by New York Communities for Change, which endorsed her last month. Nixon also promised to increase funding for the state’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal, where she said funding had fallen 62 percent in recent years. “Under Cuomo, housing code enforcement has been defunded and is an afterthought,” Nixon said. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the responsibility of housing maintenance and code enforcement falls on municipalities, and the state is not responsible for funding them. He said the state’s housing agency is responsible for enforcing rent regulation laws and the rent stabilization code. Azzopardi said Cuomo has provided “more resources to the state housing agency” than any governor in the state’s history. Read the full story in Politico New York.