Wave of evictions looms with moratorium set to expire on Saturday
A wave of evictions looms as the state eviction moratorium is set to expire this Saturday.
Westchester County has had the second most eviction filings in the state during the pandemic.
Although tenants are protected from evictions if they apply for the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funding has run out.
"People are out of work, they've got their hours cut, they've been losing income - how can they pay their rent?" asks Mount Vernon United Tenants executive director Dennis Hanratty.
Port Chester landlord Howie Ravikoff says, "I think we've extended the eviction moratorium enough times now by letting it go. We can now act on those tenants that are the bad actors.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul has said she will not extend the moratorium.
She signed a joint letter Thursday to the U.S. Treasury secretary asking for additional federal rent relief funding.