New York: ‘Strong rent laws now!’

first_img“We are tired of being displaced, extorted, harassed and ignored. We will continue to bring our grievances to the doorsteps of the powers-that-be until we are heard. New York City is facing a massive housing crisis, and the stakes are now higher than ever. On June 15, NYC’s rent regulation laws are set to expire,” stated protest organizers led by Brooklyn’s Crown Heights Tenants Union.Blocking four lanes on East 3rd Street near Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office on May 28, determined protesters held a huge banner reading “Cuomo: Strong Rent Laws Now” and “Housing Justice Is Racial Justice.” Fliers were distributed to motorists explaining why the protest brought traffic to a standstill.Several TV stations and newspaper reporters rushed to cover this while the police came much later. Connecting the need for affordable housing with New York’s long history of racist housing policies, the flier mentioned landlords’ history of redlining policies and how now the developers seek to cash in on gentrification, as they deny tenants their rights in an attempt to evict them.NYC’s vacancy decontrol provisions eliminated 300,000 rent-regulated apart­ments where the majority of tenants are working class and people of color. The protesters’ statement offered: “This is why, as low income communities of color, we are taking matters into our own hands. With the recent upsurge of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have seen that the only way policymakers listen to disenfranchised people is when we take to the streets and disrupt business as usual. Cuomo has the power to change rent laws by June 15th in favor of low and moderate income New Yorkers.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Central Islip Man Charged With Road Rage Assault

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jason ParkerA Central Islip man has been accused of using a baseball bat to smash windows on a car and punching its driver during a road rage confrontation last week.Suffolk County police said Jason Parker was driving a BMW while tailgating another vehicle eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 57 at 8:30 a.m. April 10, followed the victim to Express Drive South at Exit 62 where the BMW cut off the victim.The 25-year-old man got out of his BMW, smashed the victim’s windshield and two driver’s side windows before repeatedly punching the victim in the face, police said.The incident brought traffic to a sudden halt, causing a minor fender bender between two uninvolved vehicles.Parker fled the scene, but the victim and a witness took down his license plate number and took a picture of him using a cell phone camera, police said. The victim was treated for his injuries at Stony Brook University Medical Center.Parker was arrested Sunday and charged with criminal mischief, assault and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more