Social Media Doesn’t Stop New York Governor from Signing Bill

According to Glenn Blain of The New York Daily News, Governor David Paterson of New York has signed into law a measure giving New York City greater power to crack down on so-called “illegal hotels.” However, Dennis Schaal of Tnooz reports that Paterson issued a statement saying that he, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the bill’s sponsor support an amendment to the bill which would mean the law would not go into effect until May 1, 2011, giving property owners time to adjust to its provisions.

“Adoption of the law sets up the possibility that vacation rental websites may have to pull some of their listings of New York City vacation rentals and B&Bs — although it’s now possible the law would not go into effect until May 1, 2011,” writes Schaal. “This also would give property owners time to continue their fight against the new law,” he adds.

So, it appears the social media campaign launched by Protect Vacation Rentals fell short of convincing Governor Paterson to veto Bill S6873. But it was only launched five days ago on July 19 with just a blog and a YouTube channel.

Since then, the campaign has generated stories like:

NYC ban on short-term rentals could be vetoed this week, which was written by Laura Bly of USA TODAY.

New York to crack down on ‘no-tels’, which was written by Vicky Baker of

The Next Two Days May Be Your Last Chance to Urge a Veto of Legislation Blocking Short-Term Apartment Rentals to Tourists, which was written by Arthur Frommer on his blog.

Proposed New Law Would Ban Short-Term Co-op & Condo Rentals, which was written by Frank Lovece of Habitat Magazine.

Ban on Illegal Hotels Putting the Squeeze on the Little Guy?, which was written by Joey in Curbed NY.

Yogi Berra.JPG It will be interesting to watch what happens next.

It appears that even this five-day social media campaign persuaded Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg, and State Senator Liz Krueger to announce their support for an amendment to the bill which could postpone the law from going into effect until May 1, 2011. That’s not bad for a new group of concerned New Yorkers, who formed an alliance on short notice to stop the bill from becoming law.

Who knows, maybe Yogi Berra was right. Midway through the 1973 baseball season, the New York Mets were stuck in last place, but in a very tight divisional race. When the press asked Yogi if the season was finished, he replied, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

And even though I’m a citizen of Red Sox Nation, I know what happened next.

A late surge allowed the Mets to win the National League Eastern division despite an 82-79 record. And Yogi’s Mets went on to defeat the highly favored “Big Red Machine” in 5 games to capture the N.L. pennant.

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