Clergy Letter on NYS Rent Reform

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					                                                 OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO
                                                     AND OUR STATE SENATORS


    The R3 Coalition Includes:
    2022, a Cooperators’ Organization from     May 31st, 2011
      Penn South
    615 Warburton Avenue Tenant                Dear Governor Cuomo and Members of the New York State Senate,
      Association
    Association for Neighborhood and
      Housing Development                      We write to you today as both clergy of New York City’s diverse faith
    Asian Americans for Equality
    The Bridge Fund of Westchester
                                               communities as well as concerned residents of this great metropolis.
    Bushwick Housing Independence Project      We call on you to renew New York’s crucial rent laws and repeal vacancy
    CAAAV
    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats     destabilization.
    Central Park Gardens Tenants Association
    Chhaya CDC                                 Every day it is becoming more difficult for our city’s hard-working families
    Community Service Society of New York
    Community Voices Heard                     to afford the ever-increasing cost of living. We share the vision that New
    Coalition for the Homeless
    CWA Local 1180
                                               Yorkers should not have to choose between paying their rent and feeding
    East Side Housing Coalition                their families. We believe that access to affordable housing is critical for
    DC 37, AFSCME
    Fifth Avenue Committee                     the stability of our neighborhoods and communities as well as an essential
    Flatbush Development Corporation           human right.
    Goddard Riverside
    Good Old Lower East Side
    Habitat for Humanity                       While 37,000 New Yorkers are currently in the shelter system, more than
    Housing Conservation Coordinators
    Housing Court Answers
                                               10,000 rent stabilized units are disappearing every year, and homelessness
    Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness &      prevention and services continue to be slashed. We call on you to strengthen
      Housing
    Janel Towers Tenants Association           our state’s largest affordable housing program by renewing New York’s
    Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church       crucial rent laws and repealing vacancy destabilization. In doing this you will
    Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned
      Tenants                                  be saving families with an average income of $38,000 from seeing their rents
    Community Union
    London Terrace Tenants Association
                                               spiral out of control and vital tenant protections disappear.
    Make the Road New York
    Metropolitan Council on Housing            It is imperative that we quell the loss of affordable housing in our city and
    MFY Legal Services, Inc.
    Mitchell-Lama P.I.E. Campaign              protect the more than 2.5 million New Yorkers in rent stabilized units by
    Mirabal Sisters Cultural & Community       taking decisive action on this matter and not wait until the eleventh hour.
      Center
    Mount Vernon United Tenants
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors                This weekend and over the past four months, congregations and faith
    New Kings Democrats
    New Settlement Apartments/CASA
                                               communities all over the city continue to hold “Housing Sabbaths,” praying,
    Park West Village Tenant Association       meditating, singing and speaking out for our elected officials to do the right
    Pratt Area Community Council
    Project Hospitality                        thing and be champions for just and fair housing policies that protect our city
    Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood           from being inaccessible to those of lesser means.
      Alliance
    St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation
      Corp.                                    We call on you now to be those champions.
    Stuytown/Peter Cooper Village Tenant
      Association
    New York State Tenants & Neighbors
      Coalition
    Tenants Political Action Committee         (letter signers attached)
    Urban Rebuilding Initiative
    Urban Justice Center
    VOCAL
    Washington Heights and Inwood
      Community Union
    Washington Heights and Inwood
      Westhab, Inc.
    West Side Neighborhood Alliance
    West Side SRO Law Project
    West Village Houses Renter’s Union
    Woodside on the Move
    Working Families Party




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                                                                                     Letter Signers



    The R3 Coalition Includes:                 Endorser                                   Organization/Congregation
    2022, a Cooperators’ Organization from
      Penn South                               Rev. J. Elise Brown                        Advent Lutheran Church
    615 Warburton Avenue Tenant                Director of Community Services Eric Mull   All Angels Church
      Association                              Rev. Steven Pavignano OFM                  All Saints Church
    Association for Neighborhood and           Rev. Deryck Barson                         All Souls Christian Church
      Housing Development                      Rev. Doug King                             Brick Presbyterian Church
    Asian Americans for Equality               Rev. Erin Keyes                            Brick Presbyterian Church
    The Bridge Fund of Westchester             Rev. Krystin Granberg                      Broadway Presbyterian Church
    Bushwick Housing Independence Project      Rev. Travis Winkler                        Broadway United Church of Christ
    CAAAV                                      Rev. Roland Robinson                       Brown Memorial Baptist Church
    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats     Sr. Ellen Patricia Finn, OP                Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens
    Central Park Gardens Tenants Association   Pastor Ronnie Hamlin                       Center of Hope International
    Chhaya CDC
                                               Bishop Mitchell Taylor                     Center of Hope International
    Community Service Society of New York
                                               Rev. Peter F. Casparian                    Christ Church Oyster Bay
    Community Voices Heard
    Coalition for the Homeless                 Rev. Brooke L. Swertfager                  Christ Lutheran Church
    CWA Local 1180                             Rev. Noel Vanek                            The Church in the Gardens
    East Side Housing Coalition                Rev. John P. Duffell                       Church of the Ascension
    DC 37, AFSCME                              The Rev. Paul Feuerstein                   Church of the Holy Trinity
    Fifth Avenue Committee                     The Rev. Michael Phillips                  Church of the Holy Trinity
    Flatbush Development Corporation           The Rev’d Michael F Delaney                Church of Saint Andrew, Staten Island
    Goddard Riverside                          Rev. Stephen D. Mimnaugh, OFM              Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Good Old Lower East Side                   Rev. Michael J. Carnevale, OFM             Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Habitat for Humanity                       Rev. Anthony M. Carrozzo, OFM              Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Housing Conservation Coordinators          Rev. Joseph F. Cavoto, SA                  Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Housing Court Answers                      Rev. Br. Christopher A. Coccia, OFM        Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness &      Br. Michael J. Harlan, OFM                 Church of St. Francis of Assisi
      Housing                                  Rev. John J. McVean, OFM                   Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Janel Towers Tenants Association
                                               Rev. James R. O’Connell, OFM               Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
                                               Rev. Brian E. Smail, OFM                   Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned
      Tenants                                  Rev. Br. Alan J. Thomas, OFM               Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Community Union                            Rev. Timothy J. Shreenan, OFM              Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    London Terrace Tenants Association         Rev. Kevin M. Tortorelli, OFM              Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Make the Road New York                     Rev. Andrew J. Reitz, OFM                  Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Metropolitan Council on Housing            Rev. Thomas Walters, OFM                   Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    MFY Legal Services, Inc.                   Rev. Hugh Hines, OFM                       Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Mitchell-Lama P.I.E. Campaign              Rev. Jennifer Linman                       Church of the Epiphany
    Mirabal Sisters Cultural & Community       The Rev. Deacon R. Anne Auchincloss        Church of the Epiphany
      Center                                   The Rev. Thomas N. Synan                   Church of the Heavenly Rest
    Mount Vernon United Tenants                Rev. Justin Meyers                         Church on the Hill
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors                The Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson            Community Church of New York
    New Kings Democrats                        Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky                   Congregation Ansche Chesed
    New Settlement Apartments/CASA             Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein                 Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
    Park West Village Tenant Association
                                               Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon                   Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
    Pratt Area Community Council
                                               Rabbi Felicia L. Sol                       Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
    Project Hospitality
    Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood           Sister Dorothea Jurkowski, CSFN            Congregation of the Sisters of the
      Alliance                                                                                       Holy Family of Nazareth
    St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation     Rabbi Henry Freedman                       Congregation Rodeph Sholom
      Corp.                                    Rev. Dr. Sally Macnichol                   Connect
    Stuytown/Peter Cooper Village Tenant       Rev. Clyde Kuemmerle                       Ecclesia Ministries of New York
      Association                              Rev. Tyron Monro                           Emmanuel Baptist Church
    New York State Tenants & Neighbors         Rev. Joel Gibson                           Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
      Coalition                                Rev. Kate Dunn                             Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
    Tenants Political Action Committee         Rev. Randolph L. C. Weber                  Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
    Urban Rebuilding Initiative                Rev. Anne Conroy                           First Chinese Presbyterian Church
    Urban Justice Center                       Rev. Patrick O’Connor                      First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica
    VOCAL                                      Rabbi Micha’el Rosenberg                   Fort Tryon Jewish Center
    Washington Heights and Inwood              Rev. Charles Morris                        Fort Washington Collegiate Church
      Community Union
                                               Rev. Melvin Miller                         Fort Washington Collegiate Church
    Washington Heights and Inwood
                                               Rabbi Diane Gerson                         Foursquare
      Westhab, Inc.
    West Side Neighborhood Alliance            Rev. Linda Bartholomew                     Grace Episcopal Church
    West Side SRO Law Project                  Rev. Ted Pardoe                            Grace Episcopal Church
    West Village Houses Renter’s Union         The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.          The Healing of Nations Foundation
    Woodside on the Move                       Rev. Monsignor Thomas Leonard              Holy Trinity RC Church
    Working Families Party                     Rev. Patrick O’Connor                      First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica
                                               Rabbi Micha’el Rosenberg                   Fort Tryon Jewish Center



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                                                                           Letter Signers (page 2)


   The R3 Coalition Includes:
    2022, a Cooperators’ Organization from
                                               Endorser                                      Organization/Congregation
      Penn South                               Rev. Charles Morris                           Fort Washington Collegiate Church
    615 Warburton Avenue Tenant                Rev. Melvin Miller                            Fort Washington Collegiate Church
      Association                              Rabbi Diane Gerson                            Foursquare
    Association for Neighborhood and           Rev. Linda Bartholomew                        Grace Episcopal Church
      Housing Development                      Rev. Ted Pardoe                               Grace Episcopal Church
    Asian Americans for Equality
                                               The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.             The Healing of Nations Foundation
    The Bridge Fund of Westchester
                                               Rev. Monsignor Thomas Leonard                 Holy Trinity RC Church
    Bushwick Housing Independence Project
    CAAAV                                      Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, CSJ                   Hour Children
    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats     Marc Greenberg, Executive Director            Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
    Central Park Gardens Tenants Association   The Very Rev. James Parks Morton              Interfaith Center of New York
    Chhaya CDC                                 Rev. Chloe Breyer                             Interfaith Center of New York
    Community Service Society of New York      Shahid Farooqi                                Islamic Circle of North America - New York
    Community Voices Heard                     Sheikh Moussa Drammeh                         Islamic Cultural Center, Bronx
    Coalition for the Homeless                 Rev. Jason Radmacher                          John Street United Methodist Church
    CWA Local 1180                             Rev. Pauline Wardell-Sankoh                   John Wesley United Methodist Church
    East Side Housing Coalition                Adina M Konikoff                              Kehilat Hadar
    DC 37, AFSCME                              Rev. Dr. Charles Straut                       Kings Highway United Methodist Church
    Fifth Avenue Committee                     Rabbi Ellen Lippmann                          Kolot Chayeinu
    Flatbush Development Corporation           Rabbi Michael Feinber                         Labor Religion Coalition
    Goddard Riverside                          Imam Samer Alraey                             Labor Religion Coalition
    Good Old Lower East Side
                                               Rev. Dave Dyson                               Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
    Habitat for Humanity
                                               Sr. Dorothy Gallant                           Life Experience and Life Sharing Fellowship
    Housing Conservation Coordinators
    Housing Court Answers                      Rev. David Rommereim                          Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
    Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness &      The Rev. Don Wahlig                           Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
      Housing                                  The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson                 Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    Janel Towers Tenants Association           The Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett                  Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church       Director of Mission & Outreach Elise Hanley   Marble Collegiate Church
    Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned     Rev. Mark Kim                                 Morningside Ministries
      Tenants                                  Fr: Santo Cricchio, OFM Conv.,                Most Holy Trinity-St. Mary’s
    Community Union                            Fr. Timothy Dore, OFM Conv.,                  Most Holy Trinity-St. Mary’s
    London Terrace Tenants Association         Fr. Mietek Wilk, OFM Conv.                    Most Holy Trinity-St. Mary’s
    Make the Road New York                     Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood                    Mount Pisgah Baptist Church
    Metropolitan Council on Housing            Reverend Peter Scazzero                       New Life Fellowship Church
    MFY Legal Services, Inc.                   Min. Deirdre Fisher-Kemp                      New Light Baptist Church
    Mitchell-Lama P.I.E. Campaign              Rev. Bobby Lewis                              New Light Baptist Church
    Mirabal Sisters Cultural & Community
                                               Lisa Sharon Harper, Executive Director        New York Faith and Justice
      Center
                                               Dr. Anne Klaeysen                             New York Society for Ethical Culture
    Mount Vernon United Tenants
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors                Rev. Peter G Heltzel, Ph.D.                   New York Theological Seminary - Micah Institute
    New Kings Democrats                        Msgr. Joseph Calise                           Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church
    New Settlement Apartments/CASA             Sister Lucille Aliperti, CSJ                  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church
    Park West Village Tenant Association       Rev. Michael Perry                            Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church
    Pratt Area Community Council               Rev. Tom Faiola, O.F.M.Cap.                   Our Lady of Sorrows
    Project Hospitality                        Rev. Craig A. Miller                          Our Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood           Rev. Luis-Alfredo Cartagena                   Park Avenue Christian Church
      Alliance                                 Rev. Jessica Anschutz                         Park Avenue United Methodist Church
    St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation     Rev. Elizabeth J. Ott                         Park Avenue United Methodist Church
      Corp.                                    Rev. Gwen Dingle                              Pentecostal House of Prayer
    Stuytown/Peter Cooper Village Tenant       The Rev. Terry Troia                          Project Hospitality
      Association                              Rev. Skip L’Heureux                           Queens Federation of Churches
    New York State Tenants & Neighbors         Rev. Jason Storbakken                         Radical Living/Menonite Church
      Coalition
                                               Fr. Mark Hallinan                             Society of Jesus
    Tenants Political Action Committee
                                               Rev. Ian Alterman                             Spirit Fellowship Ministries
    Urban Rebuilding Initiative
    Urban Justice Center                       Rev. Fred Pellegrini S.J.                     St. Aloysius Church
    VOCAL                                      Deacon Anushavan Margaryan                    St. Ann Armenian Catholic Church
    Washington Heights and Inwood              Rev. María Isabel Santiviago, Vicar           St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf
      Community Union                          Fr. Tom Ahern                                 St. Augustine Catholic Church (Park Slope)
    Washington Heights and Inwood              Monsignor Edward Barry                        St. Barnabas Catholic Church
      Westhab, Inc.                            Rev. George M. Witt, S.J.,                    St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church
    West Side Neighborhood Alliance            The Rev. Brenda G. Husson                     St. James’ Episcopal Church
    West Side SRO Law Project                  The Rev. William P. Peyton                    St. James’ Episcopal Church
    West Village Houses Renter’s Union         The Rev. Ryan Fleenor                         St. James’ Episcopal Church
    Woodside on the Move                       The Rev. Craig D. Townsend                    St. James’ Episcopal Church
    Working Families Party                     Rev. David Parsons                            St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Lutheran Church
                                               Rev. Earl Kooperkamp                          St. Mary’s Episcopal Church




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                                                                         Letter Signers (page 3)



    The R3 Coalition Includes:
    2022, a Cooperators’ Organization from     Endorser                           Organization/Congregation
      Penn South
    615 Warburton Avenue Tenant                Rev. Kenneth Grande                St. Nicholas Church
      Association                              Msgr. Joseph P. Nagel              St. Patrick’s Church Bay Ridge
    Association for Neighborhood and           Rev. Amandus J. Derr               St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
      Housing Development                      Rev. Hector E. Ribone              St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Asian Americans for Equality               Rev. Jared R. Stahler              St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    The Bridge Fund of Westchester             Rev. Kaji R. Spellman              St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Bushwick Housing Independence Project      Rev. Sidney Blake                  St. Phillip’s Church
    CAAAV
                                               Rev. Marek Sobczak, CM             St. Stanislaus Kostka
    Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
                                               Fr. Hilaire Belizaire              St. Terese of Lisieux, East Flatbush
    Central Park Gardens Tenants Association
    Chhaya CDC                                 Rev. Maggie M. Howard              Stapleton Union American Methodist Episcopal Church
    Community Service Society of New York      Rev. Rick Ufford-Chase             Stony Point Conference Center
    Community Voices Heard                     Rev. Kathy Ufford-Chase            Stony Point Conference Center
    Coalition for the Homeless                 Rabbi David Ingber                 Temple Romemu
    CWA Local 1180                             Rev. Gary Wiley                    Trinity Grace Church
    East Side Housing Coalition                Chan Jamoona                       United Hindu cultural council of USA
    DC 37, AFSCME                              Rev. M. Zidde Hammatheite          Wayside Baptist Church
    Fifth Avenue Committee                     Rev. Michael S. Bos                West End Collegiate Church
    Flatbush Development Corporation           Rev. Dr. Robert M. Brashear        West Park Presbyterian Church
    Goddard Riverside                          Sylvia Friedman                    15th Street Friends Meeting
    Good Old Lower East Side                   Carol Summar                       15th Street Friends Meeting
    Habitat for Humanity
    Housing Conservation Coordinators
    Housing Court Answers
    Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness &
      Housing
    Janel Towers Tenants Association
    Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
    Lenox Terrace Association of Concerned
      Tenants
    Community Union
    London Terrace Tenants Association
    Make the Road New York
    Metropolitan Council on Housing
    MFY Legal Services, Inc.
    Mitchell-Lama P.I.E. Campaign
    Mirabal Sisters Cultural & Community
      Center
    Mount Vernon United Tenants
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors
    New Kings Democrats
    New Settlement Apartments/CASA
    Park West Village Tenant Association
    Pratt Area Community Council
    Project Hospitality
    Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood
      Alliance
    St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation
      Corp.
    Stuytown/Peter Cooper Village Tenant
      Association
    New York State Tenants & Neighbors
      Coalition
    Tenants Political Action Committee
    Urban Rebuilding Initiative
    Urban Justice Center
    VOCAL
    Washington Heights and Inwood
      Community Union
    Washington Heights and Inwood
      Westhab, Inc.
    West Side Neighborhood Alliance
    West Side SRO Law Project
    West Village Houses Renter’s Union
    Woodside on the Move
    Working Families Party



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