Residents Ask For a Rent Rollback as Board Prepares to Vote

logo.pngBy Dartunorro Clark

HARLEM — Dozens of residents offered emotional testimony Tuesday night as the Rent Guidelines Board held its final meeting before voting next week on whether to raise the rent for nearly 1 million rent-regulated apartments.

Inside the auditorium at the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi Services Center, at 127 W. 127th St., resident after resident pleaded with the eight board members to rollback rents in light of the board’s historic decision last year to pass a one-year freeze for rent-stabilized tenants...Local politicians also offered testimony to the board calling for a rent rollback — or at least a rent freeze — including Harlem City Councilmembers Mark Levine and Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, who represents the Upper West Side, and Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright.

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