Warm for the Holidays: Flatbush Tenants Join Rally for Increased Temperatures in Apartment Buildings

On Monday, December 12, 2016, Flatbush Tenant Coalition leaders joined Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and other advocates for a press conference on the steps of City Hall demanding that New York City raise day & nighttime temperatures inside residential dwellings.

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The press conference was called by Council Member Williams in support of his “#HeatMeUp Bill,” otherwise known as Intro 0722. The goal of the bill is to amend the legal minimum temperature to be maintained in residential dwellings.

“Most people don’t realize how cold it has to be outside to legally be able to get heat,” said Council Member Williams at the presser. “We focused on what we have the ability to focus on, which was the nighttime temperature.”

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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (center) stands with Senator Bill Perkins (left), Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (right) and tenant advocates during Monday’s rally. Photo Credit: Vania Andre, NYC Council 

As we are in the full-fledged winter season, thousands of New Yorkers struggle to stay warm. CM Williams’ #HeatMeUp bill is essential to remedying this problem by raising inside temperatures to 72 degrees (up from 68) between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.; and raising the inside temperature to 65 degrees (up from 55) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Flatbush Tenant Coalition leaders Ruth Riddick, Thurston Williams, and Patricia George were among those gathered on the steps of City Hall to raise awareness about the bill.

“I fear for long-term tenants, who have been here for many years,” said Tenant Leader, Patricia George. “There is no reason why we should have to complain about getting adequate heat, it should be our right.”

We stand in support of the Temperature Bill and call on the Administration not to leave countless New Yorkers waiting in the cold!

#FlatbushTenants #RentJustice #FlatbushPower #HeatMeUp #WarmForTheHolidays #NYC #NewYork #BrooklynIsHome #StayInBrooklyn

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