In view of the present COVID-19 pandemic and the dire financial straits of renters across New York State, I propose that all rents (controlled and market) be reduced to 50 percent of their present lease amount.
Legal actions of landlords should be dismissed and all current eviction orders be vacated by Executive Order. All rent arrears should be declared null and void as well.
If residential renters do not get such relief, then we should organize a statewide boycott of all rent payments as of June 1. We shall financially paralyze the landlords and administratively overwhelm the courts through expected legal actions.
Massive evictions by the machinery of the government shall elicit a movement of civil disobedience toward the goal of social justice for oppressed renters. We shall fight for reform and dismantle a judicial system of housing courts which is a criminal shakedown of renters by judges and law enforcement.