Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Waiting on the AG

This morning, WAMC reported that the passage of a "good cause eviction" law was stalled in Ithaca, waiting for an opinion from New York State attorney general Letitia James on whether or not cities have the authority to pass such laws on their own. The New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) has already issued an opinion that they do not. The public radio coverage of the current situation can be heard here.

In Hudson, the Common Council voted to enact such a law in September, but the day before Mayor Kamal Johnson was to sign the legislation into law, Alder Rebecca Wolff announced at a Legal Committee meeting that she wanted to amend the law to eliminate transfer of ownership as a "good cause" for evicting tenants. It was determined that the best way to do this was to have the mayor veto the law and send it back to the Council. The law was amended and once again placed on the alders' desks in November. When the amended law came up for a vote in December, it was defeated. The vote was tied, five to five, with one abstention. Six affirmative votes were required to pass the legislation.

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