At their first public appearance together on Sunday, Mayor Bill De Blasio and new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie expressed a shared goal of strengthening New York’s rent regulation laws, which are due to expire on June 15, reported The New York Times.
The two leaders spoke at a press conference at Ebbets Field Apartments, a 1,500-unit rent-stabilized complex in Crown Heights, where which the speaker called rent regulation his “number one priority.”
And Heastie’s position was just about everything the mayor could have hoped for in his much-touted efforts to curb economic inequality in the city.
“When it comes to the issue of affordable housing, [Speaker Heastie] is going to fight for the people of New York City,” said de Blasio. “He’s going to see the faces of the families of this city while he’s fighting that fight on behalf of all of us.”
When asked specifics about what in the rent laws he intended to strengthen, the speaker said only that he would consult with Assembly Democrats.