At the Legal Committee meeting on October 6, Alderman Rebecca Wolff (First Ward) said she wanted to amend the "good cause" eviction law. The Common Council had voted to enact the law on September 20, with eight of the nine members present (Jane Trombley and Eileen Halloran were absent) voting in favor, and one member (Shershah Mizan) abstaining, and Mayor Kamal Johnson had a public hearing on the law scheduled for the next day. The recommended path to making the amendments Wolff sought was to have the mayor veto the legislation, thus sending it back to the Council.
As recommended, Johnson vetoed the legislation on October 7. In his veto message, Johnson stated:
I fully support the objective of this legislation and acknowledge its urgency. However, in the period between its submission to my office and today's public hearing on this Proposed Law, members of the Common Council's Legal Committee have expressed a desire to make additional amendments to this proposed law. As I understand it, these changes seek to close unintended loopholes existing in its current form, which have recently come to light in similar iterations appearing in other municipalities across the state of New York. In the interest of adopting the strongest possible protections for tenants in our City at the outset, I believe it is appropriate to return the proposed legislation to the Common Council for further deliberation on these intended revisions before adoption into law.
At the mayor's public hearing, two people--Margaret Morris, a write-in candidate for First Ward alderman, and Kristal Heinz--urged that more time be taken to consider the impacts the legislation might have on the rental market in Hudson. At the time, it seemed that the legislation was only going back to the Council to make the amendments Wolff requested, but it seems it may be going back to the Legal Committee for further consideration. The legislation was not on the agenda for the Council's October meetings. The next meeting of the Legal Committee is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 3.
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