Mayor Eric Adams demanded Thursday that the federal authorities distribute an “immediate” infusion of extra funds to New Yorkers struggling to pay their hire, forward of the approaching expiration of the state’s eviction moratorium.
“I want to echo the call by Gov. Hochul and the New York congressional delegation urging the federal Treasury Department to make an immediate increase in federal rent relief program,” he stated throughout a press convention exterior the Manhattan Civil Courthouse. “New Yorkers need reduction, and we will get that reduction.
“The federal government must help working people in this state,” Adams added. “We want the federal government to ensure they bring that relief.”
The mayor’s ask comes as the Empire State’s eviction moratorium — first applied in Spring 2020 to assist tenants and landlords with COVID-19 pandemic-induced monetary hardship — is ready to expire on Saturday.
In September, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a invoice that prolonged the state’s eviction moratorium by way of Jan. 15 after the state legislature the greenlit the measure throughout a particular session following the expiration of the federal moratorium in July.
The plea additionally follows Hochul saying Tuesday that she’s requesting extra federal support from President Biden for the state’s dried-up rental reduction program with the goal of clearing the roughly $1 billion backlog in its Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Specifically, Hochul revealed that she together with governors of California and New Jersey sent a letter to the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen asking for more money to states which have depleted their preliminary federal hire reduction funds.