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Tenants PAC Endorsements for November 4, 2014

Tenants PAC enthusiastically endorses Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State ComptrollerTom DiNapoli for re-election. Both have been very strong supporters of tenants. Tenants PAC has not made any endorsement for governor. 

Tenants PAC also urges a “NO” vote on Proposition 1, a phony redistricting proposal put forward by Governor Andrew Cuomo that, far from representing reform, actually allows the state legislature to continue drawing its own gerrymandered district lines every ten years. 

Tenants PAC is mobilizing tenants to help the Democrats take control of the New York State Senate. With a Democratic majority in 2015, we will have a chance to reverse the phaseout of our rent protection laws, and win pro-tenant reforms. If the Republicans are in control again, we are in serious trouble when the rent laws come up for renewal next June. 

Tenants PAC has six priority races, and they are all north of New York City: 

Three Democratic incumbent State Senators have supported us even though they have no rent regulated housing in their districts, and they have all been targeted by the Republicans for defeat:Cecilia Tkaczyk in a sprawling rural district west and south of Albany, Terry Gipson in the upperHudson Valley, and Ted O’Brien in Rochester. 

A fourth pro-tenant incumbent, Democrat George Latimer of Westchester County, has been targeted by the Republicans, who are spending big, attacking George on his support for gender expression and the state DREAM Act. 

Our fifth priority is Justin Wagner, a Democrat and former legal services attorney running for an open seat in the lower Hudson Valley. Two years ago Justin almost beat Greg Ball, who is not running for re-election. Justin’s GOP opponent this time is a hyper-conservative. This seat is clearly a possible Democratic pickup. 

Tenants PAC has endorsed Marc Panepinto, a pro-tenant Democrat running in a three-way race in the City of Buffalo and suburbs. This seat is also an opportunity for a Democratic pickup, as the Republican incumbent lost the September 9 primary to an extreme right wing candidate and is now running on the Independence Party line, in a district with a Democratic enrollment edge. 

The Real Estate Board of New York is pumping a ton of landlord money into defeating these progressive Democratic candidates. 

Tenants PAC has contributed a total of $42,300 to these six candidates. We are still trying to raise money from tenants and tenant supporters to make additional donations to them in the remaining time before the election. 

Can you help with the most generous contribution you can make at this time? If you have made a donation to Tenants PAC recently, we urge you to do so again. If you have not yet donated this year, now is the time. The possibility of winning a Democratic majority in the State Senate rests with these six races. The stakes are enormously high. 

While tenants can never match the amount of money landlords can throw at candidates, our targeted financial contributions have been crucial in past elections, and can make a difference in the remaining days. In the last few months we have received hundreds of donations from tenants and tenant supporters, ranging from $10 to $1,000. It all adds up. Please do not delay, as time is very short. 

Please mail your check, payable to Tenants PAC, to Tenants PAC, 277 Broadway, Suite 608, New York,N.Y. 10007. Or make an online contributions on our donate page. Contributions to Tenants PAC are not deductible from federal income tax.