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Press Release: Council Members Andrew Cohen and Helen Rosenthal Introduce a Resolution Calling on NYS to Eliminate Sunset Provisions for SCRIE and DRIE Programs (October 15, 2014)

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Press Release: Council Members Andrew Cohen and Helen Rosenthal Introduce a Resolution Calling on NYS to Eliminate Sunset Provisions for SCRIE and DRIE Programs (October 15, 2014)
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    HELEN ROSENTHAL   Council Member, District 6   Manhattan   DISTRICT OFFICE   563 COLUMBUS AVENUE, AT 87 TH  STREET   NEW YORK, NY 10024   (212) 873-0282   CITY HALL OFFICE   250 BROADWAY, ROOM 1744   NEW YORK, NY 10007   (212) 788-6975   www.council.nyc.gov   THE COUNCIL   OF   THE CITY OF NEW YORK    CHAIR   Contracts   COMMITTEES   Finance   Housing and Buildings   Cultural Affairs   Community Development    Oversight and Investigations   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Blatus (CM Cohen): 718.549.7300 // 914.755.1954 Stephanie Buhle (CM Rosenthal): sbuhle@council.nyc.gov, 212.873.0282 x.205  Council Member Andrew Cohen and Council Member Helen Rosenthal Introduce a Resolution Calling on NYS to Eliminate Sunset Provisions for SCRIE and DRIE Programs  Council Member Andrew Cohen and Council Member Helen Rosenthal introduced a resolution last week calling on the State to eliminate the sunset provisions included in the recent income threshold increases for the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption  program (SCRIE) and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption program (DRIE). The repeal of the income threshold increases, currently scheduled for July 2016, would cause thousands of households in New York City to lose their SCRIE and DRIE benefits, threatening their ability to remain in their homes while paying affordable rents. “Many New Yorkers rel y on these assistance programs to have stability within their household. The elimination of these sunset provisions would take away that stability for many of our vulnerable residents. As members of the New York City Council we must remain focused on maintaining affordable living for senior citizens and disabled residents who are living on fixed incomes. This resolution is targeted towards eliminating the sunset provision in order to prevent middle class tenants from falling through the cracks. I urge the Governor and the State Legislature to uphold this vital piece of legislation.”  said Council Member Andrew Cohen . The raised income cap for SCRIE and DRIE is a fundamental component of preserving affordable housing, said Council Member Helen Rosenthal . Thousands of additional  seniors and people with disabilities can stay in their homes -- until the scheduled end of the exemption in two years. However the cost of living continues to rise, especially for those who have limited incomes and high medical costs. We must eliminate the sunset  provision and keep seniors and people with disabilities in their homes for good. The New York State 2014-2015 Executive Budget contained an authorization for localities in the State to adopt a local law to increase the maximum income level qualifying residents for SCRIE from $29,000 to $50,000 for a period of two years  beginning July 1, 2014. The state legislature and the Governor also authorized an increase for DRIE income threshold from $20,412 for a single-person household or $29,484 for households comprised of two or more people to $50,000 for all households. Seniors are eligible for the SCRIE program if they are at least 62 years old, have a total household income that does not exceed a maximum amount authorized by State law, reside in a rent controlled or rent stabilized apartment, rent regulated hotel, or an apartment owned by a Mitchell-Lama development, and spend more than one-third of their monthly income on rent. Under DRIE, individuals that receive State or federal disability related assistance are eligible for exemption from future rent increases if they have a total household income that does not exceed a maximum amount authorized by State law, reside in a rent controlled or rent stabilized apartment, rent regulated hotel or an apartment owned by a Mitchell-Lama development, and spend more than one-third of their monthly income on rent. # # #
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