ALBANY — Assembly Republicans presented two pieces of legislation for vote today, aimed at curtailing the Governor’s expanded powers while adding “balance and accountability” in the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act.
Both pieces of legislation, which were shot down by a Democrat majority, consisted of three intentions in total:
- “Restore legislative checks and balances for emergency declarations exceeding 45 days and ensure judicial due process rights for any actions that affect fundamental constitutional rights. (A.10546, Goodell)”
- “Provide the same protections extended to residential tenants in A.11181 to small businesses facing mortgage and tax foreclosures. Also extend foreclosure protections to small landlords who are not covered by the bill in chief.”
- “Require hardship declarations to include a statement, under penalty of perjury, that tenants have used there best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing, and to make timely partial payments that are as close to full payments as their circumstances permit.”
How Assembly Republicans expected tenants to “make timely partial payments” after only receiving $1,200 in Federal relief over the course of a yearlong, business shuttering pandemic is unknown.
Why Assembly Republicans expected struggling tenants to make these payments is also unclear. Many were barred from working in their chosen industry after NYS Assembly members themselves, both Democrat and Republican, imbued the Governor with emergency powers allowing such a halt to “non-essential” employees earning a paycheck.