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File #: Res 0185-2014    Version: * Name: Link income threshold increases for the senior citizen rent increase exemption (SCRIE) program to changes in the consumer price index. (S.1218 and A.1790)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Aging
On agenda: 4/29/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.1218 and A.1790, legislation that would link income threshold increases for the senior citizen rent increase exemption (SCRIE) program to changes in the consumer price index.
Sponsors: Margaret S. Chin, Karen Koslowitz, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Corey D. Johnson, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Costa G. Constantinides, Inez E. Dickens, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Vanessa L. Gibson, Peter A. Koo, Brad S. Lander, Mark Levine, Deborah L. Rose, Paul A. Vallone, Ruben Wills, James G. Van Bramer, Andy L. King, James Vacca, Annabel Palma, Stephen T. Levin, Inez D. Barron, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 23
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 5/1/14, 2. Hearing Testimony 5/1/14, 3. Hearing Transcript 5/1/14, 4. Committee Report 5/13/14, 5. Hearing Transcript 5/13/14, 6. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-14-14, 8. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 14, 2014
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
5/14/2014*Margaret S. Chin City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2014*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Aging Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/13/2014*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Aging Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/1/2014*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Finance Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/1/2014*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Finance Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/1/2014*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Aging Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/1/2014*Margaret S. Chin Committee on Aging Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/2014*Margaret S. Chin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/2014*Margaret S. Chin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 185
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.1218 and A.1790, legislation that would link income threshold increases for the senior citizen rent increase exemption (SCRIE) program to changes in the consumer price index.
 
 
By Council Members Chin, Koslowitz, Ferreras, Johnson, Arroyo, Constantinides, Dickens, Eugene, Gentile, Gibson, Koo, Lander, Levine, Rose, Vallone, Wills, Van Bramer, King, Vacca, Palma, Levin, Barron and Rosenthal
 
      Whereas, In 1970, New York City instituted the senior citizen rent increase exemption (SCRIE) program to shield low-income seniors from rising housing costs by offering landlords a property tax abatement in exchange for freezing the rent of eligible senior tenants; and
      Whereas, Tenants are eligible for the SCRIE program if they are at least 62 years old, have a total household income that does not exceed $50,000 as of July 1, 2014, 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 monthly income on rent; and
      Whereas, More than 53,000 senior households are protected from rent increases under the SCRIE program; and
      Whereas, Income eligibility requirements for SCRIE are set forth in State law and thus can only be amended with the approval of the State Legislature and the Governor; and
      Whereas, The State has only acted to raise the maximum income levels for SCRIE eligibility twice in the past ten years; and
      Whereas, Allowing the maximum income level for SCRIE to remain static leaves seniors vulnerable to losing program eligibility due to increases in inflation and cost of living adjustments to entitlement programs such as Social Security; and
      Whereas, In January 2013, New York State Senator Bill Perkins and Assembly Member Joan Millman introduced S.1218 and A.1790, legislation that would provide for an annual adjustment of the maximum income threshold for eligibility for SCRIE to reflect any increase in the consumer price index (CPI); and
Whereas, Linking SCRIE to the regional CPI would ensure that thousands of New York City seniors are able to remain in the program without relying on State action; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.1218 and A.1790, legislation that would link income threshold increases for SCRIE program to changes in the consumer price index.
 
KET 4/7/14 11:36AM
LS 1004/2014