Over the weekend, tenants, housing advocates and elected officials hosted a march in support of universal rent control.
The event highlighted the actions of Silvershores Properties, which was named by former Public Advocate Letitia James as the “number one worst landlord in NYC” back in 2017.
Tenants say stronger rent control measures are needed to protect residents from bad landlords.
“To leave an entire building without any heat oftentimes hot water during some of the coldest days of winter is not something a good person does,” said Gloria Nieves, tenant leader of 1708 Summerfield Tenant Association.
“They have made our lives impossible and that is why we need landlords like them and all the other landlords in our neighborhood to understand that they cannot take advantage of us in this way.”
Local elected officials – including State Senators Michael Gianaris and Julia Salazar, and Assembly members Brian Barnwell and Mike Miller – attended the march and expressed their support for the cause.
School overcrowding is a persistent issue in western and central Queens, notably in School District 24.
To address the issue, Councilman Bob Holden has called on the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to build a new high school within his council district.
With high school acceptance letters mailed out last week, Holden says his office has been inundated with phone calls from frustrated parents whose children aren’t placed in “certain schools that they live close to.”
“When parents are telling me their child has excellent grades and test scores but is not being accepted into the schools they desire, there is something fundamentally wrong with the placement system,” Holden says. “The students in my district deserve more quality school choices.”
The councilman has identified “multiple locations” that the SCA has expressed strong interest in, he says.
Throw in the fact that Queens schools are 16,654 seats over capacity, proving that it’s by far the most overcrowded borough in terms of schools seats.
“I am tired of Queens being overlooked when it comes to such important issues as education,” Holden says. “I demand better than this for our children.”
Recycle your electronic waste this weekend at Rosemary’s Playground.
On Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., State Senator Joe Addabbo is teaming up with Friends of Rosemary’s Playground, the Parks Department and Lower East Side Ecology Center for the event, rain or shine.
Accepted electronics include:
Working and non-working computers
Mice (the computer kind!)
Rosemary’s Playground is located on Fairview Avenue between Woodbine and Madison streets.