Senator Daphne Jordan Floor Remarks During Session on Monday, December 28, 2021

The "COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act" is not a solution. It does not allow for New York's economy to recover, instead, it witholds any payment to landlords and allows for accumulation of unpaid rent, resulting in insurmountable debt, unpayable by the tenant. No documentation to prove financial difficulty is necessary for a tenant to receive eviction prohibition, which is why Senate Republicans put forward an amendment adding sensible provisions into this legislation comparable to the CDC and California, which would require a tenant to meet a hardship income threshold; for the tenant to make smaller payments each month; and for the tenant to submit proof that they have applied for federal and/or state relief, so that those suffering true hardship can be helped. However, the Senate Democrats turned down this amendment to the Bill.