Albany Lawmakers Take On Coronavirus-Related Bills During Remote Session

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Lawmakers in Albany on Wednesday passed an extension on New York’s moratorium on evictions to help residents that remain out of work. 

While hundreds of activists have called on legislatures to cancel rent payments, the campaign fell a little short at the state’s capital. 

Leaders say they won’t take up bills to waive rent payments because they say the bill are a “non-starter” with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

However, they did take up a bill that would require vouches to the tenants in the tightest of tight financial spots through July. 

There's also one to expand the ban on evictions for a long time, tying it to the final phase of reopening. 

Another bill headed to the governor's desk extends the look-back window in the Child Victims Act into August 2021, giving more time to adult survivors of child abuse to sue their alleged abusers. 

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte says the courts have gotten backed up thanks to the pandemic.

“Many cases, including those of a non-emergency nature, will not even be heard,” she said. “Do not let that be the reason that predators go unpunished.”

Dozens of bills are also on the docket, including a crackdown on price gauging and a bill that allows pharmacists to administer an eventual COVID-19 vaccine.

Lawmakers are back in session Thursday with debates and potential votes on several items, including a bill authorizing $7 billion in borrowing power for New York City. 

All legislatures are meeting remotely amid the pandemic. 

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