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New Yorkers call for continued moratorium on rental evictions

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This moratorium, decided in the spring of 2020 by the state’s governor at the time, Andrew Cuomo, has been regularly extended since, but the current governor, Kathy Hochul, did not wish to do so beyond January 15, 2022, i.e. Saturday.

You can’t let a moratorium expire in the middle of winter, during a COVID outbreak. […] Governor, that just can’t happen. »

A quote from Jumaane Williams, himself a candidate for governor of New York

Having a home is a human right! Where governor of evictions! chanted the crowd gathered in front of the municipal library, before the police made a few arrests.

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If the moratorium does indeed end on Saturday, tens of thousands of women and children of color in New York will be evicted by their landlords and will end up on the streets, protested Brad Lander, a financial controller who works for the Municipality.

Moratorium and COVID-19

The moratorium on rental evictions had been decided by Governor Cuomo when New York was the global epicenter of the pandemic, in the spring of 2020, which had thousands of deaths – at least 34,000 people died in the city during this wave of 2020-2021 – and that its approximately 9 million residents were holed up at home.

On January 7, the four presidents (the equivalent of borough mayors) of New York’s major boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens – have called on the state to extend moratorium on evictions.

The president of the prosperous island of Manhattan, Mark Levine, demanded again on Friday that the state extend the moratorium and that the courts immediately adjourn all deportation cases, because the city is still struggling with the Omicron wave.

The governor of New York released weekly data on the state’s COVID-19 outbreak on Friday, appearing to show a decline in infections. Meanwhile, Ms. Hochul warned of polar temperatures this weekend, ranging from -12 degrees Celsius in New York to -30 degrees in the upstate.

Housing in New York, especially the astronomical prices for buying and renting, is one of the black spots of daily life in the economic and cultural capital of the United States. The new mayor, Eric Adams, has made the fight against the enormous socio-economic inequalities one of his priorities.

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