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Cuomo announces initiative to strengthen state’s housing anti-discrimination efforts

Feb 16, 2016
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a Fair Housing Enforcement Program – a groundbreaking initiative to uncover discrimination in rental and home sale transactions. Under this new program, the Division of Homes and Community Renewal will work to safeguard the rights of all New Yorkers using trained fair housing “testers” with diverse racial, gender, and economic backgrounds, who also represent parents, and persons with disabilities. These testers will act as potential renters or home seekers and will test for discriminatory bias amongst sellers and landlords.
Additionally, the governor has directed the Division of Human Rights and the Department of State to propose new regulations to strengthen the state’s housing enforcement efforts on behalf of all New Yorkers. The proposed regulations will clarify that it is an unlawful practice under the State Human Rights Law to discriminate against individuals because of their relationship or association with members of a protected class. These regulations will ensure that all New Yorkers know that they have the right to rent or buy residential or commercial space, or patronize such places as stores, restaurants or theaters, regardless of the race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or other protected characteristic of their family members, associates, or clients.
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