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Community Voices Heard Power Celebrates Passage of ETPA in Ossining
Ossining, NY - Following the historic vote in Ossining to pass the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA), Community Voices Heard Power leaders and allies celebrated this victory for Ossining tenants.
The almost four-hour long public hearing ended with village trustees voting 3-2 in favor of establishing ETPA. Ossining will now become the 20th municipality in Westchester to enact the state law and marks the largest expansion of rent stabilized housing in New York State in almost two decades. Over 1,200 Ossining families who reside in eligible rental units will now be able to receive legal protections, which will go into effect immediately, as well as rent stabilization, which will regulate rent increases when landlords seek to increase their yearly rent. This is a victory for Ossining families, renters, and the larger statewide affordable housing movement who have been advocating for ETPA and organizing with Community Voices Heard Power in Ossining for the last three years.
“We are thrilled and encouraged by the successful passage of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. The village trustees voted for a progressive and historic change last night that will strengthen Ossining communities and protect long-time residents from being pushed out of their homes. Over 1,200 Ossining families will now be given legal protections from landlord harassment, protected from exorbitant rent increases and will be guaranteed basic repairs and maintenance. This is not just common sense, it is common decency. This, by no means, fixes the affordability crisis facing towns throughout Westchester, but it is an important step towards stability for renters,” said Sheila Vereen-Massengale, Ossining resident and a member-leader of Community Voices Heard.
“For too long, Ossining has been left out as neighboring Westchester towns implemented ETPA while tenants in our town faced unaffordable rents, but last night’s vote was a huge victory for not only tenants, but all of Ossining. Ossining has always prided itself on being a place of diversity and inclusion, and with the adoption of ETPA, we have a tool that can protect and strengthen that diversity. As a 40 year resident of this town, I watched a revolving door of new residents flow in as long time residents were pushed out. That will no longer be the reality for so many residents of this town. Thank you to the village trustees for doing the right thing and voting in favor of ETPA,” said Sean Reilly, Ossining resident and a member-leader of Community Voices Heard.