Chris McKenna reports at The Fray
that a bill in Albany sponsored in the Assembly by Kingston Democrat Kevin Cahill would allow cities such as Hudson to adopt New York City rent regulations to combat its housing crisis. Any municipality in New York could adopt rent and eviction regulations if it has a housing emergency, which is a vacancy rate of five percent or less. Currently, those rules are only in New York City and Rockland, Westchester and Nassau counties. “Finding affordable housing is not an issue exclusive to our bigger cities and their surrounding areas,” Cahill said in a press release in April. “Tenants need and deserve protection regardless of where they live. This legislation provides a common-sense opt-in tool for municipalities all over the state to deal with rent emergencies.” Read more about this story at The Fray.