“PORT EWEN, N.Y. — The nine tenant-protection bills under consideration by the state Legislature need to be adopted to make sure landlords take responsibility for their properties, advocates said Thursday.

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, along with members of the Kingston Tenants Union and Citizens Action, met Thursday morning with tenants of the Lakeshore Villas apartment complex in Port Ewen and other Ulster County properties owned by E&M Management. Following that visit, Williams said at a press conference that when he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor last year, he made housing his number one issue. He said it remains his priority and that with the tenant-protection bills coming up for a vote, it is a critical time for everyone to get together.

Also, he said, “this is not an upstate-downstate divide. We are all connected on this issue.”

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