While these initiatives may go a long way in expanding housing options, some local groups would like to see Hinchey do more. In early February, a few affordable housing activist groups protested in front of Hinchey’s Kingston office, and crashed her campaign party in Catskill in early March, demanding that she take a stance on “good cause eviction.”
After learning about Hinchey’s announcement, Bravhan Ranga, political coordinator of For the Many, felt that her efforts still were not enough to address the power imbalance between landlords and tenants. He believed that good cause eviction would be the first impactful step towards making tenants feel secure and to hold landlords accountable.
“We definitely support expanded affordable housing, but Senator Hinchey’s initiative is just nibbling around the edges and doesn’t address the root of the problem,” Ranga said.