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Join Our Facebook and Twitter Campaign to Fight Paterson's Rent Cap Veto!

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:

  1. Post on twitter by clicking here.

  2. Copy the following message.

    "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!"

  3. Flood the walls of these four key Facebook pages.
    Remember, you'll have to "like" the pages, but you don't need to be a friend.

    Senate Majority Leader John Sampson

    Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari

    New York State Senate

    New York Sate Senate Republican Conference

  4. Go the extra mile!

    E-mail that message to Senator John Sampson at

    E-mail that message to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at

Learn more about the 30 percent rent cap bill

Watch the NY1 video about the bill and read who Paterson's veto will hurt.

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