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13 arrested at affordable housing rally

The Real Deal – July 13, 2010

Advocates charge Senate Democrats with a disregard for tenants’ rights.

About a dozen activists were arrested outside New York City Housing Authority’s Downtown offices today, during a protest criticizing the Democratic-controlled State Senate for failing to vote on a 10-bill package of legislation that could potentially strengthen rent-stabilization practices in New York City.

The protest, which was led by umbrella activist group Real Rent Reform Campaign, included approximately 200 activists from various community groups, according to Mario Mazzoni, the lead organizer with tenants’ rights group Metropolitan Council on Housing, and one of the people arrested.

He was one of 13 people arrested and charged with disorderly conduct outside NYCHA’s office at 250 Broadway at around 1 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the New York Police Department.

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