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Eviction bill barring landlords from unjust rent hikes fails

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Despite a last-ditch plea by housing advocates this week, statewide “good cause” eviction legislation never made it to a vote during the year’s legislative session.

On Tuesday, activists in the gallery of the Assembly threw pro-Good Cause fliers onto the chamber floor while yelling, “Good Cause now,” and reading a tenant testimonial, according to a video by Housing Justice For All Coalition.

Outside the chambers, more than a hundred advocates demonstrated on the Capitol’s Great Western Staircase. They held signs, sang songs and told stories about their struggles as renters.

Two weeks ago, housing activists staged protests where they blocked the entrance to legislative chambers and got arrested.

But still, the bills, sponsored in the Assembly by Pamela Hunter and in the Senate by Julia Salazar, were a no-go.

“… Governor Kathy Hochul, Speaker Carl Heastie, and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins chose to cater to a small set of wealthy landlords over the needs of millions of working families,” Housing Justice For All, a coalition of more than 80 organizations representing tenants and homeless New Yorkers, said in a statement Thursday. “Their refusal to pass Good Cause is a moral failure.”The law would have restricted evictions, barred significant rent increases, and prevented landlords from […]

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