City Councilman Jumaane Williams urges repeal of URSTADT Law on rent control and stabilization
BROOKLYN - A City Council member is asking for the state to repeal a law that could make passing Mayor Bill de Blasio's affordable housing plan difficult.
Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) says the URSTADT Law needs to be repealed. Passed in 1971, the law puts the regulation of rent control and stabilization in the hands of the state instead of the city. De Blasio supports repealing the law to strengthen his affordable housing plan.
The last time state Democrats tried repealing the URSTADT Law, the bill died in a state Senate subcommittee.
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The Rent Stabilization Association, which represents landlords, supports the law and says the state is needed to help regulate the city's complex housing policy.