State lawmakers pitch extending eviction moratorium to October

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Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, D-New York, explains her vote while debating budget bills during a legislative session in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Two New York lawmakers are introducing a bill to extend the state’s eviction moratorium until Oct. 31 in light of the state’s failure to send out enough COVID-19 rental aid for an estimated 200,000 households in need.

The state’s eviction moratorium is set to expire Aug. 31.

Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, both Democrats, are urging the Legislature to return to Albany to extend the moratorium.

New York was the last state to release any of its $2.4 billion in new rental relief funds this year, according to U.S. Treasury data provided to The Associated Press.

New York processed $2.7 million in aid as of July 29, but lawmakers say that’s far too little.

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