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February 11, 2013

Property owners, Falls legislators leave meeting disappointed after rent measures stalled


Niagara Gazette — Steed said feedback from his constituents indicates they "have a problem being denied the opportunity to handle their own money," Steed said. "A lot of good people shouldn't have to pay for (the actions of) a few bad people. What about bad landlords?"

Virtuoso, the veteran legislative Minority Caucus leader, left the meeting fairly steamed — "Clearly they don't care about people getting ripped off," he declared on his way out the door — and later trained his ire exclusively on Copelin, with whom he'd squabbled about the LAGN members not being invited to address the committee.

"She wants to look into it more? That's what we're supposed to do in committee, we study it; we talk to the people who have knowledge. ... I didn't even get a chance to introduce a whole bunch of people who have information about this," he said.

Copelin, the community services vice chair, suggested the resolutions could be moved out of table next month.

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