A widely supported program for helping homeless New Yorkers and people facing imminent eviction was not included in the state budget. Supporters speculate that it was not approved out of unfounded concerns that costs would spiral out of control.
Union leaders sent a letter to Gov. Hochul and legislative leaders last week stating that housing insecurity is a major cause of stress for their members. The bill would limit landlords’ abilities to raise rent and evict tenants.
With pressure building on the governor to unify Senate Democrats and regain control over the chamber, a top aide to the governor is now blaming the stalemate on mainline Democrat Senator Michael Gianaris.