Join Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants for Unity Day Rally

November 10, 2009

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh invites all concerned residents and New Yorkers to join the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, housing advocates, and elected officials this Saturday, November 14th for a Unity Day rally. The event will demonstrate our community’s solidarity in the face of uncertainty and financial instability caused by the poor investment decisions of Tishman Speyer, and express our continued commitment to preserving the affordability and unique character of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

The rally will begin at 1:00 PM at Stuyvesant Cove Park, located at East 22 Street and the East River. In the case of rain, the rally will be moved to Simon Baruch IS 104, located at East 20th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Kavanagh will speak at the event, as will other elected officials, tenant leaders, and housing advocates. Legal experts will be on hand as well to address tenants’ concerns surrounding the recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling in the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer decision. The court ruled that MetLife, the former owner of the housing complex, and Tishman Speyer illegally removed apartments from rent-stabilization and overcharged tenants while simultaneously receiving J-51 tax breaks from the City. Tishman Speyer’s potential loan default status and its effect on tenants also will be discussed, as well as other questions raised by those in attendance.

For more information, or to get involved in organizing the event, please contact Cameron Peterson or Will Colegrove, or call Kavanagh’s District Office at 212-979-9696. You can also contact the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association at 866-290-9036.