Eviction vigil held Friday

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A community vigil for Rochester families facing eviction was held Friday at 7 p.m. on the steps of the Hall of Justice.

The City-Wide Tenants Union, VOCAL-NY, Citizen Action of New York, New York Working Families Party are behind the rally that they say was to support families currently going through eviction proceedings, while also standing up against Rochester City Council.

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This comes after the City Council voted the Eviction Reduction Law down on Tuesday.

"Families will be separated," said Manhattan Square Tenant Union Presiden Pamela Owens. "You don’t know where the children are going to go to. And it’s a terrible time when you’re going through an eviction because I’ve been through that, so I know what I’m talking about. and I feel that City Council just did not take into account the stuff that’s really going on here in Rochester."

The law would have prohibited landlords from evicting tenants without a Certificate of Occupancy or good cause and would have given tenants more time to stay in the homes they are renting.