HIV/AIDS advocates and New York City Democratic state lawmakers are slamming Gov. David Paterson after his weekend veto of a bill that would have capped rents for low income tenants living with HIV/AIDS. The measure would have prevented more than 10,000 people receiving housing assistance from the city's HIV/AIDS Services Administration from spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent.
"As police officers corralled protestors away from the door, dozens of people staged a spontaneous “die-in,” lying in front of the glass-paneled building and shouting 'Paterson lie, people die!' 'When I heard about the veto I sat on the bed and tears started rolling down my face,' said James Dean, 58. The Brooklyn resident spent more than a decade paying 65 percent of his income toward rent, leaving him $330 a month in disposable income. The bill would have changed that, capping his rent at 30 percent of his income."
There is some talk of a veto override, reports WNYC. "Rep. Deborah Glick, who sponsored the bill, say she will meet with Senate sponsor, Sen. Thomas Duane, to decide whether to pursue a veto-override vote. Glick says it was unlikely they would have the votes in the Assembly to override a veto which would require 100 votes. The bill passed in the Assembly, 84 to 54 and the Senate, 42-19."
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