April 16, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – This past weekend, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) were joined by local city and community leaders during a press conference on their successful passage to secure federal funding for Lakeview Apartments and efforts to keep the development affordable for residents.

“Every New Yorker dreams of living with dignity in a home that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But if Lakeview residents saw an unfair rent increase many families would suddenly find themselves in a nightmare scenario. By passing this legislation, we have empowered the federal government to keep Lakeview affordable for years to come. As long as there is air in my lungs, I will continue to fight tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to protect affordable housing, both here in this city and across the state,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.

“Ensuring affordable housing is accessible to all individuals regardless of race or income is vital to our country’s success and helps our community thrive,” said U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat. “Safeguarding adequate funding and federal resources to preserve public housing like Lakeview is imperative to healthy communities, thriving cities, and our economy. We worked hard for this victory to save Lakeview Apartments, and our fight must continue throughout our city to ensure the affordability and accessibility of affordable housing for all New York residents.”  

“When it seems like getting support in Washington to preserve New Yorkers’ threatened affordable housing has never been a more uphill battle, this victory for Lakeview Tenants is tremendous,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I commend Senator Schumer and Congressman Espaillat for their tireless work on behalf of New Yorkers in Congress.”

“Through years of hard work, we have been able to achieve a deal that keeps Lakeview affordable for working families and low-income tenants. I thank Senator Schumer and Congressman Espaillat for pushing legislation at a federal level to secure project-based vouchers,” said Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez. “When we heard that Lakeview was planning to leave the Mitchell Lama program, I worked to negotiate an extension plan to keep Lakeview in the program for a few more years. Although the owners have ultimately decided to leave Mitchell Lama, I will continue to fight to ensure that Lakeview will remain affordable for future generations and that capital repairs are completed to make Lakeview a safer, cleaner place that people are proud to call their home.”

“This was a long battle to save affordable housing, and I thank Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez, New York State Senator Brian Benjamin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for breaking new ground,” said Jo Ann Lawson, president of the Lakeview Tenants Association. “I am grateful that Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat showed their continued interest in affordable housing by making this great change. Lakeview tenants are forever indebted to them for their leadership.”

Lakeview Apartments is one of East Harlem’s last remaining Mitchell-Lama buildings. There is a dire need to maintain and secure affordable housing in this section of the city, and through their collective efforts in both chambers, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Espaillat successfully pushed legislative language to ensure Lakeview’s affordability by providing comparable market rent.

Click here to watch video from Sunday’s press conference at Lakeview Apartments.

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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