News Release



Blankley is coalition coordinator for the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, one of several groups backing a #CancelRent policy.

On Friday, the groups, with rent strikers and housing advocates, will target Gov. Andrew Cuomo with multiple actions, including “a caravan surrounding the executive mansion in Albany, a protest at his New York City office, banner drops at apartment buildings, a raucous rally online, and a cacerolazo.”

Simultaneous rallies are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., Executive Mansion, State Capitol, Albany, NY, and Cuomo’s New York City office, 633 3rd Avenue, near East 41st Street, Manhattan. There will also be a 1 p.m. Zoom press conference and rally — to attend, please go to:

The group, which is working with the Housing Justice for All campaign, says: “Across the state, May Day will be a major day of escalation for New Yorkers who can’t pay rent, and have joined a growing movement to pressure Cuomo to #CancelRent and demand federal action that will address the financial crisis facing tenants who have lost income and jobs during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

See the groups’ demands.

Spanish-language media can dial-in at 1 p.m. at (929) 205-6099; Meeting ID: 83968702242#

A cacerolazo will begin around 2 p.m. after the press conference and rally online. It will be viewable online via Zoom.