Cuomo extends eviction moratorium through August

Updated: May 04, 2021 07:02 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 04:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday signed into law an extension of the state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium until Aug. 31.

The New York State Senate and Assembly voted to extend it and the Protect Our Small Business Act, which protects small businesses against evictions, Monday.

The moratorium was set to expire Saturday, May 1.

It was put in place when the pandemic began in March of 2020.

“This new extension will continue to ensure that New York tenants, homeowners, business owners, and small landlords will not have to fear losing their homes or businesses,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “This pandemic has been devastating on so many levels and this legislation will help give our residents and businesses time to get back on their feet. The Senate Majority, under my leadership, has made it clear that we are committed to placing New York on a strong path to recovery. I commend Senate Housing Committee Chair, Senator Brian Kavanagh, and Senator Anna Kaplan, Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, for their advocacy on this issue.”

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt sent the following statement on the moratorium:

"Everyone agrees that last year was a nightmare for millions of New Yorkers struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. Time and time again though, One-Party Rule in Albany has refused to put forward sensible solutions that actually work for struggling New York tenants and landlords.

"Instead, in their rhetorical rush to “cancel rent” and eliminate private housing, the Legislature is failing New Yorkers facing real hardship, while ignoring homeowners who have been irreparably harmed by their poorly written eviction moratorium.

"Leaders in Albany should focus on fixing the process to get billions of untapped relief money into the hands of those who truly need it, working with all stakeholders to address the current housing challenges facing our state, and ensuring that these consequential choices are being made based on the merits alone. They should not be advancing a clearly flawed bill -- that goes beyond what the federal government does -- just because a Socialist political base demands it."

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