Legislature Returns To Albany As Governor Eyes Eviction Moratorium Fix

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ALBANY – New York State lawmakers are back in session Wednesday, as the Governor looks to fix the state’s eviction moratorium.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an extraordinary session for the Legislature on Tuesday night, just before she signed a proclamation extending the state eviction moratorium to January 15.

Hochul also wants the legislature to address the state’s cannabis program and the Open Meetings Law.

Her action follows a Supreme Court ruling that blocked the Biden administration’s eviction plan.

“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,” said Hochul. “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.”

Earlier in the day, she held her first coronavirus briefing with a focus on the delta variant and announced $65 million in funding for local governments to administer booster shots.

She also said her administration and the Department of Health are in the process of getting legal clearance for the Department of Health to put a “vax or test” policy in place for teachers, staff and anyone else entering a school this fall.


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