September 22, 2010
This week Gov. Paterson vetoed a bill that would have addressed an outrageous injustice.
Thousands of poor New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS in government-subsidized housing pay up to 75 percent of their income toward rent. In some cases, this leaves New Yorkers to live on just $12 a day.
The vast majority of people in government-subsidized housing pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. It's no wonder, then, that the State Senate and Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would offer the same benefit to poor HIV-positive people in subsidized housing -- and no wonder Paterson promised to sign it.
If passed, the bill could have helped stabilize housing for at least 10,000 struggling New Yorkers.
But the governor broke his promise. He vetoed the bill.
Join our Fight the Veto! Twitter and Facebook campaign asking state representatives to override that decision. Here's what you can do:
"We want you to help change an egregious and discriminatory policy that hurts low-income New Yorkers with HIV. Override Paterson's 30 percent rent cap veto!"
E-mail that message to Senator John Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail that message to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at email@example.com
Learn more about the 30 percent rent cap bill