New York’s Leading Labor Leaders Call On Albany To Enact The Emergency Housing Stability & Displacement Prevention Act

(NEW YORK, NY) – New York State’s leading labor unions – including the United Federation of Teachers; Hotel Trades Council; District Council 37; 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Communication Workers of America, District 1; New York State Nurses Association; United Auto Workers Region 9A; Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 2325; Legal Services Staff Association,  NOLSW/UAW 2320; National Organization of Legal Services Workers, the Freelancers Union; and the Professional Staff Congress, AFT Local 2334 — today sent a letter urging Albany legislative leaders to immediately advance The Emergency Housing Stability and Displacement Prevention Act (S08667/A10827). This key legislation would protect hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from both residential and commercial evictions.

The Emergency Housing Stability and Displacement Prevention Act, sponsored by New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, is a critical bill that would protect renters and commercial tenants from eviction filings, as well as protect homeowners and landlords from foreclosure filings.

The letter, addressed to New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousin and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, states:

“While the state legislature has taken some action to prevent evictions, we know that a crisis is still coming. At least 1.4 million New Yorkers have missed some months of rent. As of this writing, Court Officials have notified the state legislature that they will no longer be extending the eviction moratorium, and that, unless the legislature or the governor take action on or before October 1st, the floodgates will open.”

September 25, 2020