Weekly Report

Weekly Report for June 9, 2023

Save the Date: NYSAR Lobby Day – April 30, 2024
Mark your calendars – NYSAR’s annual Lobby Day in Albany is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Following this year’s record attendance, next year’s NYSAR Lobby Day has been moved to a larger adjacent venue, the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. More details to come. We look forward to seeing you there next year!

State Legislature unable to agree on housing package in final days of session – “Good cause” eviction fails to advance
On June 8, in the final days of this year’s legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie released a joint statement saying the State Legislature and Governor Hochul were unable to come to an agreement on a final housing package that included “good cause” eviction. Governor Hochul’s spokesperson, however, pointed out the Legislature’s own failure to act on any housing bills. NYSAR strongly opposed “good cause” eviction proposals and was heavily engaged in advocacy efforts expressing our concerns and inherent flaws in the bill. Thank you to everyone who made their voices heard on this issue. Read more here.

City of Kingston repeals local “good cause” eviction law
On June 6, the City of Kingston Common Council voted 7-1 to repeal the city’s “good cause” eviction local law, which went into effect in early 2022. The reason for the repeal vote was due to concerns that the city would incur lawsuits resulting from court decisions in other municipalities that struck down similar local “good cause” eviction laws due to conflict with state law. Read more here.

NYC Council Primary races to watch
New York City Primary Elections will be held Tuesday, June 27 for City Council races, district attorneys, judges, and other local races. Redistricting and ranked choice voting is likely to impact several competitive City Council races, including District 9 in Harlem where veteran Assemblymember Inez Dickens is competing with Assemblymember Al Taylor and progressive advocate Yusef Salaam for the open seat. Read more about the upcoming competitive Primary races here.

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