One woman should not decide how modern families should be constructed. Tell Watertown City Council that families are more than blood lines and marriage certificates. New Yorkers will not be forced out of their homes!
Oppose Legislation that Bans Unrelated Roommates!
On Monday February 4, 2013, City Council Members in Watertown, New York voted 3-2 to pass legislation that bans unrelated roommates from living together. The move was prompted by city-resident Deborah Cavallario who was upset that her neighbor, city employee Travis Hartman was living with his unwed fiancée and two roommates. Cavallario's reasoning? She didn't want to see her neighbor's situation becoming commonplace in her residential neighborhood.
Mrs. Cavallario's concerns were brought to the City Council who, rather than protect the rights of its citizens, bent to the whims of a local busy-body. The law, which would prevent unrelated roommates from sharing a "single-family" home, could prevent unwed couples, domestic partners, and military personnel from living together and sharing the costs.
Coupled with the lack of full-time employment, benefits and affordable housing, the "No Roommates Allowed" law makes it difficult for young adults to move out of their family's home and start a life for themselves.
The story has received international attention and has been publicized by mainstream media outlets, as well as commentary from celebrity comedian, Drew Carey.
Now we are calling on Watertown City Council to right the wrongs. Do not let the concerns of one woman interfere with the livelihood of modern families. Your duty is not to Deborah Cavallario, but to the people of Watertown, New York.
About me: I started this petition, not as a concerned "California woman" who saw the news story break online, but as a former Watertown resident with friends, family and loved ones still living, working and going to school in Watertown. This law is personal. And I will work my hardest to counteract it, even if there is a continent between me and the Watertown City Council.