Jan. 22, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Marchers will gather tomorrow in Williamsburg to call for tenant justice and rent law reform as part of a nationwide day of action.
The march, organized by groups like Housing Justice for All and United Neighbors Organization, will begin outside Macri Triangle at 11 a.m. on Jan. 23, where protestors will call on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to implement stronger rent laws, expand renters protections and more.
Participants will also demand that the governor implement measures that prevent rent hikes, with calls stemming from seemingly skyrocketing rent prices in the area and the rapid displacement of longtime residents.
As part of the march, the group will head north to 296-298 N 8th St., a rental building owned by INK Property Group that organizers say speaks to the housing crisis, as more than half the building is apparently vacant due to displacement.
INK Property Group was also targeted by Stabilizing NYC, a housing rights advocacy group that placed the firm in its 2017 list of top 10 ‘predatory’ landlords citywide.
The march route will end at the Bedford Avenue L train station.
Several north Brooklyn tenant organizations, as well as representatives from the offices of City Council Member Reynoso, Assembly Member Lentol are expected to attend. A representative from the office of State Senator Julia Salazar, the newly-elected official who campaigned on a platform of tenants rights and affordability, is also expected to march.
The Wednesday event is one of many tenants rights efforts organized or underway, especially for tomorrow’s day of action, including a “Rent Control Now” online petition with just over 2,730 signatures collected and directed at California Governor Gavin Newsom and J.B. Pritzker, governor of Illinois.