Housing issues now come to state, local attention
Aug 04, 2020 6:33 am
Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-housing discrimination law on Aug. 3. The New York Department of State now can penalize real estate agents who have violated the state's housing discrimination laws by revoking or suspending their licenses, or fining the agents. "We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind in New York and the sheer scope and breadth of the unscrupulous and discriminatory real estate practices uncovered on Long Island is repugnant to who we are," Cuomo said. In Hudson, there is a youth-led "March for Universal Housing" planned Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. at Promenade Hill. Organizers say the march is to "to extend the eviction moratorium New York State; to cancel rent for the remainder of the pandemic; to regulate short-term rentals; [and] to house [the] houseless." Kite's Nest and the Social Justice Leadership Academy put the march together. A rain date is set for Aug. 6, and inclement weather is expected Aug. 4, as the remnants of Hurricane Isaias is expected to impact the Hudson Valley.