New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday night signed an executive order extending the state’s eviction moratorium by 30 days and told reporters he would keep extending it for as long as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on New Yorkers, reports Patch.com.
“I signed the law, and the law is clear,” he said in a media conference call.
“Until when? Until I say COVID is over.”
The order allows state Housing Courts to continue the pause on evictions as they have done throughout the pandemic.
"We signed legislation, passed by both houses, codifying our previous executive action making it clear that New Yorkers couldn't be evicted due to a COVID-related hardship," a spokesperson said. "The order signed last night continued provisions giving the courts and litigants the leeway to suspend deadlines related to civil litigation. How and if they use this authority when it comes to eviction proceedings is up to them.”
More than 14,000 households were at risk of homelessness had the moratorium not been extended, according to Legal Aid Society.
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