Rent

June 23, 2009 1:41:28 PM PDT
This is a huge night for renters in New York City. More than a million of them -- those who live in rent-regulated apartments.

The Rent Guidelines Board tonight votes on rent increases that could rise between 2 percent and 4.5 percent on one-year leases, and 4 to 7.5 percent on two-year leases.

These are usually pretty vocal affairs - and tonight figures to be another one because of the tight economy.

Nina Pineda is at the vote for us, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest from two attempted coups. The first is political and it's up in Albany. Democratic and Republican Senators today - in another display of adults behaving badly - tried to hold simultaneous legislative sessions. But because each side has 31 votes, it didn't go very well. So they recessed with leaders from the warring parties huddling with each other, trying, perhaps, to hammer out a compromise.

No one would care if it weren't for the money and legal issues at stake. And in fact, late this afternoon, they reconvened and passed some emergency legislation - but none of the major bills facing New York City.

Our political reporter Dave Evans is up at the state capital.

The other political unrest is in Iran, where the public protests have cooled down, but the sentiment against the government isn't far below the surface. Today, President Obama, in his harshest words yet about the situation over there, condemned the crackdown against protestors, describing the global community as "appalled and outraged" about what's happening.

And the White House translated the President's remarks into both Persian and Arabic.

We'll have the latest on Iran - and we're learning most of it through the Internet.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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