Mayor de Blasio Appoints New Chair of Rent Guidelines Board

Mayor de Blasio recently announced the appointment of Rachel Godsil as Chair of the Rent Guidelines Board. This news comes after the mayor made five appointments to the board last month: Sarah Williams Willard as an owners' representative, Cecilia Joza and Steven Flax as public members, and Sheila Garcia as a tenant representative. The mayor also reappointed current tenants' representative Harvey Epstein to the board. The Rent Guidelines Board determines annual rent adjustments for approximately one million apartments across the city subject to the Rent Stabilization Law.

Godsil is an accomplished attorney and professor specializing in issues of housing, land use, and social justice. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and previously clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.