Angela Benfield Tue, 05/23/17 - 12:26 Surprised to see you considering lifting the rent freeze when the typical New Yorker is still paying 65% of annual income on rent. Two year leases need to stay at 2% to help our families. 4% will force many New Yorkers to choose the one year lease option to get the lower increase and that is detrimental to families with children who need a stable home. New York City is still the most expensive place to live in the USA and Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Teachers and many other city employees cannot afford to live here.

Roselle Ignacio Sat, 05/27/17 - 10:33 Ten years ago when I was living in Alphabet City as a young thing, I remember complaining about the high rental rates in the city. Everywhere my roommate and I looked, it seemed like the smaller the space, the higher the rent was. I remember seeing a particular apartment, feeling overjoyed to see a dishwasher, only for the agent to say, "No, that's your fridge". Funnily enough, since then, I have become an entrepreneur in real estate and now have a few rental properties of my own. So now I see the struggles on both side --the rentee and the landlord. I can tell you right now, it's not easy being a landlord and the laws are stacked against you when it comes to actually getting paid. I know this might hard for most people who are not landlords to hear, but once you're a business owner, you sort of have a different take on things. It's like you're seeing things through the looking glass. It will be interesting to see how the hearing turns out.

Anna Chang Sun, 05/28/17 - 16:00 Keep the rent increase at the lowest proposed, i.e., 1%. I'm low income person who try by herself maintain home and life etc. I cant afford a lot of basic things because my rent take a 75% off my income. I try to stay away from government help but if rent increase for a 1 year or 2 years I wont be able to pay. Please consider my voice as one of many who living in NYC, paying taxes and do not live in government help. Id like to keep it like that.

Marcy Einhorn Tue, 05/30/17 - 18:11 I'm a retired government worker and have the good fortune of collecting a pension. Eventually I will also be able to collect Social Security. But the only way for me to afford living in NYC and stay in my Rent Stabilized apartment is because I continue to work part-time. Together, these streams of income keep my rent at 40% of my income. But what happens when I can no longer work? I'm already bringing in more than the $50,000 that would freeze my rent under SCRIE so I will never be able to benefit from the age/income related freeze program as I age. Once I stop working, my rent will only continue to increase, while my income will stagnate. I foresee having to spend 50%, 60% or even more of my benefits on rent. This is a horrifying prospect and will force me into a situation where I may eventually face eviction when I have to choose between rent and the other necessities of life. The buck needs to stop here with a continued rent freeze that reflects how the rest of us live.