The path to rent-regulation reform in New York City may lie through Rochester.
Tenants PAC, a political action committee whose stated mission is to strengthen New York's rent-regulation laws, has donated thousands of dollars to Democratic candidate Rick Dollinger, who's trying to regain a Senate seat in Rochester. The group has also sent money to Democratic Senate candidates running in and around Buffalo and Watertown.
It might seem like a counterintuitive strategy. Rent regulations apply only in New York City and the surrounding suburban counties. But Tenants PAC is banking on the fact that these upstate candidates will be sympathetic to an exclusively downstate issue. read more »