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Jimmy McMillan Doesn’t Have to Prove to You That He’s an East Villager - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Jimmy McMillan Doesn’t Have to Prove to You That He’s an East Villager


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IMG_0034Meghan Keneally Jimmy McMillan is facing eviction from his rent stabilized apartment on St. Mark’s Place, though when working, he spends much of his time in his car.

This morning, The New York Post reported that the city’s most memorable gubernatorial also-ran, Jimmy McMillan, says he is facing eviction because, according to his landlord, his St. Marks apartment is not his main residence (it’s said he works largely in Brooklyn, where the headquarters of The Rent is Too Damn High party are also located.) Mr. McMillan has reportedly lived in the East Village apartment since 1977, but when The Local contacted him (perhaps he, too, would share some of his favorite brunch spots?), he didn’t seem eager to show off his East Village bona fides.

“As an independent undercover investigator, I need to be careful about my family’s safety,” Mr. McMillan said. “I will not give out information about my rent or location. I have a constitutional right to privacy and I will not tell you or anyone where I slept last night or where I am going to sleep tonight.”

Mr. McMillan called his landlord’s claim “baseless” and feels that it is just another example of corruption in the city’s real estate market.

“It’s not about me; it’s about what I caught all the landlords doing to people- raising rent for no reason [and] using their lawyers to intimidate them into leaving,” Mr. McMillan said. “But they can’t intimidate me. The burden of proof is on them. They have to prove that I don’t live there and they can’t do that. I’m here to make sure that the people understand their rights.”

Perhaps Mr. McMillan’s refusal to disclose the location of his main residence proves he really is a local?

“I’m a New Yorker,” he said. “I may be here today; I may be there tomorrow. I’m never going to say where I spend my time.”