|by Sean O'Neill||New York City, Hotels, Questions and Opinions||11|
More than 70 of you wrote comments—mostly in support of—my recent blog post opposing a New York state bill that would make short-term sublets illegal. The story was picked up by USA Today, Drudge Report, The New York Times, The Village Voice, London's Guardian, Virginia Postrel, and Gothamist.
Well, Governor David Paterson has to make up his mind within the next 24 hours or so.
Interestingly, Stephen Kaufer, the CEO & Founder of TripAdvisor, has pleaded with the governor to veto the bill. Arthur Frommer, who needs no introduction, also hoped the governor would veto. Yesterday, more than 500 protesters gathered outside of City Hall, mainly bed and breakfast owners and private homeowners. They dramatically outnumbered the roughly 50 supporters of the bill, mostly hotel owners, who were there as well.