"We came to Glenwood Management's [apartments] to see if Governor Cuomo might be here, because he's nowhere to be found," said Ava Farkas, a tenant advocate from Inwood. "He hasn't been meeting with tenants or talking about the reforms he wants to make, but Glenwood seems to be able to meet with him."

Farkas was among a handful of tenants who managed to push their way into the lobby of Glenwood-managed 10 Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan soon after 11:00 this morning, despite security guards' best efforts to hold the doors shut. The real estate company has allegedly swapped cash for favors on many occasions: With former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Cuomo himself.

This, coupled with Cuomo's lukewarm stance on rent laws, has outraged tenant activists. "We really want Governor Cuomo to know that we are aware of his connections with Glenwood," said Jean Folkes, a tenant from Ditmas Park. "He is a mean spirited man who only cares for money. We will not forget this when he runs for office again."

Once inside the lobby, the tenants unfurled a "Governor Glenwood" banner, and chanted "Governor Glenwood you can't hide, we can see your greedy side!" After about 15 minutes, they left the way they had come, and joined about 40 protestors chanting on the sidewalk.

It has been one week since New York's rent laws expired, and Albany's very busy legislators have yet to clarify if—much less how—the laws that protect New York's 2.5 million rent-stabilized tenants will be extended.

On Saturday, the Republican-lead Senate proposed extending the current rent laws to 2021. Rather than abolish vacancy decontrol—under which a rent stabilized apartment is no longer protected once the rent reaches $2,500—they'd see the threshold raised just $100, to $2,600.

In the meantime, the Democratic-led Assembly has asked for a straight extender of the current laws for two more years. As for Cuomo himself? He's spoken out against the Senate's proposal, but, according to Capital, hasn't come up with his own proposition.

This past week has also been an exhausting one for tenants and their advocates, who have marched and camped in front of Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office, picketed a real-estate summit in Brooklyn and marched outside of a fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel, in addition to this morning's action.

Later today, about 50 tenants are headed to Albany by bus, to stage an overnight sleepout in front of the Capital. "We hope that the legislators and the governor are hearing that we don't want a straight extension of the rent laws. We want stronger rent laws, and no more vacancy decontrol," said Farkas. "An extension is a recipe to displace communities. It's terrible and appalling."