Watertown, New York City Council: Oppose "No Roommates Allowed" Law.
  • Petitioned Jeffrey E. Graham

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Mayor, Watertown City Council
Jeffrey E. Graham
City Council Member
Roxanne M Burns
City Council Member
Joseph M Butler Jr
City Council Member
Teresa R Macaluso
City Council Member
Jeffrey M Smith

Watertown, New York City Council: Oppose "No Roommates Allowed" Law.

    1. Eryne Daymont
    2. Petition by

      Eryne Daymont

      Concord, CA

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.

 WWNY 7NEWS Report

Watertown Daily Times

www.thedailymail.co.uk

Drew Carey Tweets about the "No Roommates Allowed" Law

 

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.

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    1. We've Reached Our Goal!!

      Eryne Daymont
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached the 2,000 goal! We told City Council we'd be back, with 2,000 signatures, and we are holding firm to that promise; in fact, we're bringing them more! The petition will be presented to Watertown City Council on March 18, 2013, their next meeting. Please be sure to attend and offer your support. We have the proof now. It's not just Watertown residents that are upset. You have the support of people across the nation! A huge thank you to Pete Forney, who will be presenting the petition, and to everyone who supported the initiative. Please continue to bolster support in the meantime. Perhaps we'll bring them 2,500?

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. If the law can't be enforced, why have it?

      Eryne Daymont
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE: Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham stated during a WWNY TV7 News interview that this recent law would have little effect, as it is beyond the means of the City of Watertown to enforce. Why, then, was the law passed in the first place? Why leave Watertown residents vulnerable to discrimination? Why yield to the bantering of one citizen, rather than stand up for fair housing and the rights of Watertown's 30,000 other residents? We will not let up in our pressure on Watertown's City Council to reevaluate, re-vote, and recant this terrible piece of legislation. We will not put families, homes, and livelihood in jeopardy just because Deborah Cavallario doesn't think it's right.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. 800 to go!

      Eryne Daymont
      Petition Organizer

      We are a little more than 800 signatures to go to reach our 2,000 goal! Thank you everyone for your support. But what's next? Soon, we'll deliver the petition to the City Council and have this ridiculous piece of legislation removed for good!

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    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Great First Day!

      Eryne Daymont
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all who have taken the time to sign this petition. If this is really an issue that you care about, I am asking you all to share this with your friends. Let us hope that with enough support, we can force Watertown City Council Members to rethink their hasty actions and provide equal and fair housing opportunities for all!

      Thanks again,

      Eryne Daymong

    8. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Dan Mount WATERTOWN, NY
      • 12 months ago

      I have friends that live together so this effects them. It's hard enough to stretch your money with people living together.

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    • dale johnson WATERTOWN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      this is infringing on the rights to live as we want. this is still a free country, isn't it?!

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    • Chuck Gushlaw WATERTOWN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      This law infringes civil rights and it is unconstitutional.

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    • Eileen Tallman CARMEL, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      As a former resident of the Watertown area, I'm signing this with the intention of protecting the rights of my family, friends, and former neighbors. This is a senseless law that will burden an area that is already struggling financially and does not reflect the shifting culture of this country which, according to research, is less reliant on marriage (but maybe not relationships), has less homeowners, and less people living independently. Furthermore, this is very insensitive to the recession. How can a town with a community college that does not provide housing support its students? How will the civilians working on military bases that have now been laid off support their living situations after the sequester? This is a law that has the potential to be abused (of course, legally now) by unhappy landlords for discriminatory purposes and financial gain (which would be illegal in many other settings). I am disappointed in my hometown area and disappointed in my home state. I urge you to change this, swiftly , so the people of Watertown can focus on more pressing issues.

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    • Corey Watson ONTARIO, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      One nosy neighbor should not be allowed to decide what another citizen does with their own private property, so long as it isn't harmful to others. I hardly see how this woman has any business telling her neighbors who they can have living in their house. The city council members that are pushing this should be ashamed of themselves for wasting time and taxpayer money to even discuss this non-issue.

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