- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A group of New York elected officials, community activists and housing advocates is launching a campaign against the home-sharing company Airbnb.

Airbnb matches homeowners and travelers, providing a lodging alternative to hotels.

Opponents say it’s hurting the hotel industry and landlords and inconveniencing other apartment building tenants.

The group that gathered at City Hall on Friday called itself Share Better and compared the company to the owners of illegal hotels.

It was joined by elected officials that included Public Advocate Letitia James, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

Airbnb denies doing anything illegal and is conducting its own ad campaign touting its benefits. It charges the hotel industry with bankrolling the opposition.

The company says it housed more than 400,000 visitors to New York last year.

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