I support Councilmember Margaret Chin’s bill (Intro 243) to increase the eligibility cap for SCRIE eligibility from $29,000 to $50,000, and I’m grateful for the efforts of Manhattan Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh for his tireless efforts in getting this passed in Albany, and for Gov. Cuomo in agreeing to have the state pay for the first two years of newly-eligible seniors.
The SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) Program will now protect thousands of additional tenants, who are already paying at least a third of their income in rent, from additional increases. According to state estimates, approximately 24,000 NYC seniors will now be able to receive the benefit– about one-third of them in Manhattan.
In a city as expensive as ours, programs like this help keep senior New Yorkers in their homes.
I’ll be working to extend a similar increase in the Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program. Those tenants, most of who are on fixed incomes, also desperately need this kind of help to remain in their homes.