Michael McKee, Tenants PAC treasurer, joined Reynoso in front of the Kaplan Court apartment building next to Los Sures David Santiago Senior Center on S. 4th St. in Williamsburg last week to announce the organization’s support.
He explained that Tenants PAC is structured to help tenants elect representatives who vow to provide affordable housing and stand for the rights of the residents, and pledged to advocate for Reynoso in the upcoming election.
“We think it’s time we have a very different kind of elected official, and we’re very proud to support Antonio Reynoso,” he said.
Reynoso, the former chief of staff to Councilwoman Diana Reyna, said he will not only fight for affordable units for long-term residents of the community, but also hold the city accountable for living conditions.
“We have to make sure that we fight every single day to preserve our affordable housing and that we have the strongest rent regulations and tenants clause in the nation,” he said.
Reynoso targeted his likely opponent, former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, for a lack of low-income options in the district and the expansion of luxury apartments in the community.
“He (Lopez) has chosen the side of developers over tenants,” Reynoso said. “Vito has helped fuel the gentrification in North Brooklyn and the displacement of local residents. At a time of gentrification and overdevelopment, my community deserves someone who will fight for working-class families and middle-class tenants.”
Lopez resigned from the Assembly in May following sexual harassment allegations. He has been fundraising for a City Council run, but has not officially announced his candidacy.
Anderson Fils-Aime, executive board member of the Tenants PAC, said the support comes with hope that the next council member can secure and expand tenant security.
“What we’ve seen with the gentrification of the buildings, is when the units are able to be deregulated due to vacancy destabilization, the next tenant doesn’t have any protection,” Fils-Ame explained. [Or] “the rent might be affordable for the area, but if you complain about any services you might not get your lease renewed.”