WAMC reported this afternoon that the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of the City of Albany's "good cause" eviction law: "City of Albany's 'good cause' eviction measure is rejected as advocates look to legislature."
This is of interest of us in Hudson because in 2021, inspired by Albany's law, housing advocates on Hudson's Common Council, principally former councilmembers Rebecca Wolff and Tiffany Garriga, proposed a similar law for Hudson. The Common Council voted to enact the law in September 2021, but the day before Mayor Kamal Johnson was to sign the legislation into law, 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 councilmembers' desks in November 2021, but, in a classic example of the perfect being the enemy of the good, when it came up for a vote in December 2021, it was defeated.
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