FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON STATE SENATE PASSAGE OF HOUSING PRESERVATION LEGISLATION TO ENABLE ENFORCEMENT AGAINST ILLEGAL HOTELS
"The State Senate has passed legislation that at long last clears up ambiguities in the law that have hindered our ability to take enforcement actions against illegal hotels in order to preserve units of residential housing. Illegal hotels all too often erode our base of affordable housing while creating fire safety and security hazards and quality-of-life concerns in residential neighborhoods. The bill provides a clear definition of what constitutes transient and permanent occupancy, which would allow City agencies to issue summonses and initiate other enforcement actions against illegal hotels. I would like to thank Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson, bill sponsor Senator Liz Krueger, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council and the Hotel Association for their efforts, which resulted in the passage of this bill. I look forward to working with the Assembly bill sponsor Richard Gottfried, Housing Committee Chair Vito Lopez and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to pass this bill in their chamber."
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