On Sunday, when I wrote the weekly post "Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead," I had no information about tonight's Common Council Housing and Transportation Committee meeting. Today, thanks to a phone call from Alderman Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward), who chairs the committee, I do.
The Housing and Transportation Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. at City Hall, following the Youth, Education, Seniors, and Recreation Committee meeting, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. Among the items on the agenda for tonight's meeting is an updated resolution regarding "universal rent stabilization and control" in New York State. In March, the Common Council, which up until that time seemed to exhibit groupthink in its unanimous approval of everything that came before it, fractured over the resolution that declared its support for universal rent control. The resolution passed, but Council president Tom DePietro had to cast a vote to break the tie, because aldermen Rob Bujan (First Ward), Eileen Halloran (Fifth Ward), and Rich Volo (Fourth Ward) voted against it and Dewan Sarowar (Second Ward) and Dominic Merante (Fifth Ward) abstained. Exactly why and how the resolution is now being updated is not clear.
Also on the agenda is another resolution in support of issuing drivers licenses to New York residents regardless of their immigration status (such a resolution was passed unanimously in August 2016) and a discussion of the origin and destination truck study for which Assemblymember Didi Barrett secured $100,000 in state funding. Another agenda item: Fourth Ward supervisor Linda Mussmann will be at the meeting to tell about "TSL Time to Talk: Short-Term Rentals in Hudson," which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18.
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