The State Legislature was back in session starting Wednesday, looking to extend New York’s eviction moratorium to January 15, 2022. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an extraordinary session for the Legislature Tuesday, aimed at also addressing the state’s cannabis program and the Open Meetings Law.
“Recently the Supreme Court rendered a heartless decision that blocked the Biden administration’s eviction plan,” Hochul said during an address Tuesday evening. “Under my watch, here in the State of New York we are not going to exacerbate what is already a crisis in terms of the homelessness problem. We are not going to allow people who through no fault of their own lost income, not able to pay, and facing eviction. We are not going to allow that to happen here in the great State of New York. We are not going to abandon our neighbors in need, especially since the State of New York failed in its responsibility to get the money that was allocated by Congress out to the people in need earlier this summer. Therefore, we want to expand the safety net for people who qualify for rental and landlord assistance, and we can no longer wait nor can they.”
Today, September 1, 2021, Bills were introduced in the Senate and Assembly both to extend the moratorium to January 15, 2022 and make additional appropriations to the emergency rental assistance program. We will continue to monitor the pending bills. For any questions, please contact Deborah Gallo, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org.