Bronx, NY – In response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision to grant an injunction on behalf of landlords against part of the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) has issued the following statement:
“From the beginning of the pandemic, my goal and our shared goal in the Assembly has been to help keep people in their homes through the hardship that nearly every New Yorker has experienced over the past eighteen months. Along with State Senators Hoylman and Kavanagh, I led the passage of two laws to further this goal: the Tenant Safe Harbor Act and the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Act. Both of these laws have been and will continue to be vitally important tools in our collective effort to prevent an avalanche of evictions and consequential homelessness throughout our state.
“I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling on our Eviction Moratorium but not shocked given the abysmal record of Trump’s conservative majority. It is unthinkable and unconscionable that thousands of New Yorkers could possibly be uprooted and made homeless as the Delta variant rages through the population. The Legislature and incoming Governor Kathy Hochul must work quickly together to stave off disaster. I am proud of the eviction moratorium law that I sponsored in the Assembly, I disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, and I will continue our shared fight to keep New Yorkers in their homes.”