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Hochul looks to extend NY’s eviction ban, calls lawmakers into special session

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 6:44 PM EDT
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ALBANY, New York (WWNY) - Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday evening she will convene a special session of the state Legislature to extend New York’s moratorium on evictions.

The ban on evictions was set to expire at the end of the day Tuesday. Hochul plans to extend the state’s eviction moratorium and rental assistance program through January 15.

The moratorium was put in place to protect tenants from being evicted due to financial hardship due to the pandemic.

It has been criticized by landlords who haven’t been able to collect rent to pay their own bills.

Hochul says the state failed to get money to renters and landlords in need and she does not want to see that failure put people on the street.

“We need to take steps now to protect the people of the state of New York,” she said. “I want to let them know we will continue fighting for them in partnership with our legislative leaders and I thank them for their willingness to come back during this time.”

She’s calling the session also to discuss changes to the Open Meetings Law, hoping to make meetings more accessible statewide.

Hochul also said there are long overdue decisions that must be made to establish cannabis production and distribution in New York. She’s ready to appoint leadership positions regarding cannabis, but those need Legislature approval.

The Senate and Assembly will convene at noon Wednesday.

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