NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday extended New York state's eviction moratorium another 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The executive order signed by Cuomo, which is being reviewed by the Office of Court Administration, extends the ban on evictions until Sept. 4.
"No evictions as long as we are in the middle of the epidemic," Cuomo said at his daily briefing. "I had done that right away by executive order. I then extended it by executive order. We then wrote it into the law. I signed the law, and the law is clear. Until when? Until I say COVID is over. And you know, we’ll figure out when that is."
At his briefing earlier in the morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the state and federal governments to do more to protect tenants, saying that thousands of city residents were facing pre-pandemic eviction warrants.
The mayor said the city has reached out to 14,000 households facing eviction.
“If you don’t have a source of income, how the hell are you going to pay the rent?” de Blasio said, adding that some 1.3 million residents in the city had filed for unemployment in recent months.
“The last thing we want to see is a lot of people put out on the street. The last thing we want to see is people flooding our shelter system,” the mayor said.
Steven Banks, the city’s commissioner of Social Services, said the evictions would have “devastating human costs.”
“We need help from Washington. We need help from Albany to extend the moratorium,” Banks said. “And in the federal stimulus bill, we clearly need to provide rental assistance to help struggling families pay their rent in this period of time.”
“The sad fact is tens of thousands of people can’t pay their rent,” Banks added. “They were struggling before COVID, and now … they’ve lost their jobs. They’ve lost their ability to pay their rent.”
The mayor said he would be calling on the state government “to create a new system to allow those who simply cannot pay for lack of income to be able to have a payment plan model that will take them into next year, allow them to pay the rent over time when they finally have resources.”
“The best solution resides in Washington D.C.,” de Blasio added. “Rental assistance for everyone who has lost their job, so they can keep their home and landlords have the money to keep up their buildings. But we’re in such a broken situation in Washington right now.”
De Blasio urged New Yorkers facing eviction to call 311 for legal help.