The city has contracted with the Collective for Community Culture and Environment (CCCE) to assist in determining the vacancy rate in buildings completed prior to Jan. 1, 1974, that contain at least six (6) dwelling units.
The Housing Vacancy Rate analysis may be used by the city to determine whether a housing emergency — as defined by the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) — exists for this class of buildings.
Residents should receive a survey for the Vacancy Study from CCCE by certified mail in the coming weeks. Please provide the information requested in the survey by the deadline noted in the letter. If CCCE doesn't hear back from you by the deadline, it will be assumed that there are no vacancies in your property at this time.
CCCE representatives and their student assistants (from Pratt Institute, the New School and Vassar College) will also be in the city beginning this month to assist in compiling data for the analysis. These representatives will be conducting exterior observations of eligible buildings in the city to verify vacancies.
These observations are necessary to obtain the most accurate and objective vacancy information. Please assist the representatives in this important work. Team members will be carrying introduction letters from the City during these observations.
Should you have questions about the vacancy study, contact the mayor’s office at 845-451-4076 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.