From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of affordable housing advocates from upstate and downstate will launch a new campaigned aimed at pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo on passing stronger rent laws and to build more affordable housing.

One of their kick off events is a plan to hold a demonstration at the State of the State on Jan. 3 in Albany.

The coalition, Housing Justice for All, will also be launching digital and print ads, field work and holding town halls at the start of the new legislative session, organizers said.

The groups expect to mobilize both tenants and the homeless to push housing issues in the new legislative session and expect to draw in advocates from New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, Albany, Rochester and Binghamton.

“Tenants are a potent, well-organized constituency, and they are telling Governor Cuomo that the Housing Justice for All campaign is real and is not going away,” said Delsenia Glover, Alliance for Tenant Power campaign manager.

“On behalf of the tenants we serve, the Alliance for Tenant Power is joining forces with organizations across the state that support homeless New Yorkers and renters to force the governor to fix his failed record on housing. It is outrageous and wrong that so many New Yorkers are struggling to stay in their homes or are homeless and cannot afford housing at all, while Cuomo continues to give his landlord and developer donors special treatment.”

In a statement, Cuomo’s office defended his record on homelessness and affordable housing. It’s an issue he has a history with, too, given his time as the Housing and Urban Development secretary in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

“This governor has spent his entire career in public service fighting homelessness and building affordable housing and it’s under his leadership that New York is implementing an unprecedented $20 billion anti-homelessness and housing problem, twice strengthened rent protections with Assembly Democrats and created a tenant protection unit that placed more than 6,000 buildings and 61,000 units back under rent stabilization,” said spokesman Rich Azzopardi. “These are facts and a record that we would gladly compare with any administration in any part of the nation.”

The State of the State is being held at the Capitol once again after the governor last year opted to hold various events around the state unspooling his agenda for the new year. Demonstrations and protests are a common sight often outside of the event in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany.