The Real Deal: Game Over

July 1, 2019Press

“As multifamily landlords weigh the potential benefits of leaving the city behind, recent efforts to introduce tighter rent laws upstate in Kingston could complicate those plans. That city is considering opting into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, which would allow areas outside NYC to adopt rent regulations if the vacancy rate is below 5 percent. … Read More

The River: The Rent is Too Damn High in the Hudson Valley

June 27, 2019Press

“If there’s one city where rampant development and housing reform have been on a collision course, it’s Kingston, a place that figures to be a testing ground for the efficacy of the new law. Rents are on the rise in Kingston, along with major capital investment in the form of new hotels and mixed-use development … Read More

Hudson Valley One: Passed by state, rent reform coming to the Hudson Valley

June 20, 2019Press

Major changes to New York’s housing laws could offer additional protections to renters here in the Hudson Valley. The revamped version of 1974’s Emergency Tenant Protection Act will also open the door, for the first time, to rent stabilization laws in upstate communities. The package of bills emerged from a deal between the state Assembly … Read More

Hudson Valley One: Tenants mobilize in the Hudson Valley and beyond

June 18, 2019Press

“With Nassau County-based developer E&M Management on the verge of purchasing the Stony Run apartment complex on Hurley Avenue in Kingston, tenant-advocacy groups held a press conference on June 6 with New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams at Lakeshore Villas, a Port Ewen property already owned and managed by E&M. They had concerns to … Read More

The Nation: In the Heart of Real-Estate Power, a Housing Movement Nears Victory

June 17, 2019Press

“By noon, loud chants filled the vaulted lobby outside Cuomo’s executive suite as roughly 100 tenants with the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance pressed their government for new protections. “Whose housing crisis?” the crowd chanted. “Cuomo’s housing crisis!” “Fight, fight, fight! Housing is a human right!” the demonstrators yelled, as organizers with groups like Make the Road New … Read More

Daily Freeman: Visiting Ulster County, NYC public advocate presses for tenant protections

June 6, 2019Press

“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 … Read More

Hudson: Housing is a Human Right

June 1, 2019Press

“Relief never comes to those who suffer in silence, but to those who empower themselves. This is a story about a woman – Juanita Velazquez-Amador – who found her voice and is helping others find theirs along the way.” Watch the video on Hudsy

LTE: Kingstonian project must be subject to thorough review

May 20, 2019Press

“The Kingstonian is a substantial and potentially transformative project for the City of Kingston. At this pivotal moment in our community’s history, with an affordable housing crisis, a $10 million grant from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), and heavy speculation from New York City developers, what happens with the Kingstonian will determine if this will … Read More

Spectrum News: Single Mother Gets Emergency Housing Assistance From Friends, Landlord

May 12, 2019Press

“Once a handful of community activists learned how dire the circumstances were for the family, they mobilized. Most of the group’s members are renters who stick up for housing insecure residents in the Kingston area. This time, they stuck up for Velazquez-Amador. Velazquez-Amador is a fair-housing activist herself with the Kingston Tenants Union. Activists helped find … Read More