This Common Cause New York factsheet begins, 'In good times and in bad, there is one thing New Yorkers can count on: the unrelenting housing crunch in many of our cities and towns. Tenants turned to their lawmakers in Albany to protect them from escalating rents. But the real estate industry, with substantial profit at stake in the residential property market, also turned to lawmakers, using their money to influence policy. This year, the special interests. investment appears to have paid off.'
READ: Common Cause New York Factsheet: Landlords Give Generously in Albany; Rent Regulations Slowly Disappear