A critical bill affecting  Live/Work tenants passed by the Assembly (Lopez A05667A) in June 2009 and subsequently introduced into the Senate (Squadron S5881) to amend the NYC Loft Law to cover a new generation of live/work tenants who have built out industrial spaces and created new housing and businesses with our own sweat equity at no cost to the tax payer.

A pending Court of Appeals decision on the split between the First and Second Department’s applicability of the ETPA to such tenants may yet again cause mass evictions comparable to those in Dumbo on Christmas Eve 2000 and allow landlords and developers to cash in on the neighborhoods we have helped build.

We urge the NYS Senate’s leadership  strongly to include S5881 on the next session agenda, September 10th.  Your authority is called upon to restore the unequivocal mandate of the electorate.

New York Live Work Tenants Association

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