Governor Signs Emergency Rent Relief Act, First Step Toward Providing COVID-19 Rental Assistance

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On June 17, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed the Emergency Rent Relief Act, introduced by Senator Kavanagh and Assembly Housing Chair Steven Cymbrowitz, which will create a new program through the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal to pay $100 million in rent for some of the New Yorkers with the greatest rent burden during the COVID-19 shutdown. In response, Kavanagh emphasized that this is only a first step toward meeting the huge need that has arisen as a result of the public health and economic crisis.