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BROOKLYN-- It affects nearly two million New Yorkers and with rent regulations set to expire in less than a week, hundreds will boarding buses in Brooklyn bound for Albany.

They are calling on state lawmakers to continue rent and controlled units.

If not, thousands could be pushed out of the city.

Hundreds of families will make sure their voices are heard Tuesday.

Now, with the end of the legislative session just days away and the fate of nearly two million city residents hanging in the balance, all eyes are on Albany.

It has been a hot button issue and now the deadline is less than a week.

The cold reality is that 56 percent of New York City residents, more than half are struggling to keep their homes in neighborhoods where thousands of rent controlled apartments have been lost.

More than half of New Yorkers are living paycheck to paycheck.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is on board with strengthening the laws restricting rent increases, him and Mayor Bill de Blasio have differed in the past on just how far the new tenant protections should go.

Governor Cuomo, for the first time, called for an end to the provision that allows rent-regulated apartments to be deregulated if their rents are at least $2,500 upon vacancy.

However, some say they want to see more done.

They want lawmakers to show compassion for the frustrated millions who rely on affordable housing in New York City.

Governor Cuomo said on Saturday that he will call legislators into session every day until they strengthen and extend tenant protections.


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