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Thank you for supporting our campaign for City Council because of your support—in just three months—we surpassed the thresholds to receive NYC Matching Funds and now have the resources we need to launch a winning campaign.

The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020

On December 28, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (L. 2020, c. 381; “Act”). The Act provides immediate relief to renters in eviction proceedings and homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

  • Prevents eviction and foreclosure proceedings for sixty days.
  • “Hardship Declarations” can be used by tenants in eviction matters or mortgagors in residential foreclosure actions in reporting financial hardship during or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Staying Proceedings and Actions until at least May 1, 2021 in Proceedings and Actions where a tenant-respondent or defendant-mortgagor submits a completed Hardship Declaration.

Below is a copy of the original text and Hardship declarations that can be used by residents and homeowners to protect themselves from eviction or foreclosure.

  1. The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020
  2. Hardship Declaration in Eviction Matters (English).
  3. Hardship Declaration in Eviction Matters (Español; Declaración de Penuria).
  4. Hardship Declaration in Foreclosure Matters (English).
  5. Hardship Declaration in Foreclosure Matters (Español; Declaración del Deudor Hipotecario de Penuria Debida al COVID-19).

For legal resources that may be available to you, go to www.nycourts.gov/evictions/nyc/ or call 718-557-1379

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What’s Happening?

Columbia University Tuition Strike

Last week, I stood in solidarity with Columbia University students as they hold the largest tuition strike in American history. We demanded that Columbia University follow the lead of other universities by reducing tuition by at least 10% for the duration of the pandemic, pay fair wages to union faculty, divest from fossil fuels, end its gentrifying expansion, and reinvest in Harlem’s working class communities.

Columbia University has already conceded to demands and formally committed to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Let’s keep the pressure on.

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Gov. Cuomo signs bill to reduce petitioning

Earlier this month, I joined over 100 candidates in signing a letter demanding that Gov. Cuomo cancel petitioning. Typically candidates are required to collect hundreds of signatures from local residents to qualify for the ballot. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic petitioning activity presents a clear risk to city residents and campaign volunteers. The state has reduced the number of required signatures by 70%. But that’s not good enough, cities like Washington DC, Arizona, and Denver have implemented electronic petitioning for ballot entry since as early as 2015. It’s past time that New York State modernize its election process.

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Have you made an appointment to get vaccinated?

Mayor de Blasio penned an Op-Ed pleading for the private sector to ramp up domestic vaccine production after President Biden’s executive order on January 21st to utilize the Defense Production Act, allowing any pharmaceutical company, manufacturer or lab the right to violate normal patent laws and create vaccines.

“As of Friday morning, we’ve administered over 742,000 total vaccine doses to New Yorkers. We have less than 37,000 first doses left to administer … in a city of 8.6 million people.” Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Indoor Dining Reopens on Valentine’s Day

Gov. Cuomo has announced that NYC restaurants can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity starting on February 14th, 2021.

Also, wedding receptions of up to 50 percent capacity or 150 people will be permitted in New York starting March 15, provided all guests are tested.

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Federal Aid for Small Businesses

Sign up for a free webinar on February 1st to learn more about the PPP and EIDL loans and how to apply.

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The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020

On December 28, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (L. 2020, c. 381; “Act”). The Act provides immediate relief to renters in eviction proceedings and homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

  • Prevents eviction and foreclosure proceedings for sixty days.
  • “Hardship Declarations” can be used by tenants in eviction matters or mortgagors in residential foreclosure actions in reporting financial hardship during or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Staying Proceedings and Actions until at least May 1, 2021 in Proceedings and Actions where a tenant-respondent or defendant-mortgagor submits a completed Hardship Declaration.

Below is a copy of the original text and Hardship declarations that can be used by residents and homeowners to protect themselves from eviction or foreclosure.

  1. The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020
  2. Hardship Declaration in Eviction Matters (English).
  3. Hardship Declaration in Eviction Matters (Español; Declaración de Penuria).
  4. Hardship Declaration in Foreclosure Matters (English).
  5. Hardship Declaration in Foreclosure Matters (Español; Declaración del Deudor Hipotecario de Penuria Debida al COVID-19).

For legal resources that may be available to you, go to www.nycourts.gov/evictions/nyc/ or call 718-557-1379

COVID Rent Relief Extension Program

The COVID Rent Relief Extension Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance.The Covid Rent Relief Extension Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need.”

New application period will be open Friday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

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