8.27.21 Advocacy Alert: SCOTUS Tosses Federal Eviction Moratorium
August 27, 2021
Last night, the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s latest eviction moratorium. In a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled that Biden and the CDC do not have legal authority to issue the moratorium without a specific act of Congress.
The majority opinion reads: “It is indisputable that the public has a strong interest in combating the spread of the COVID–19 Delta variant. But our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends. … It is up to Congress, not the CDC, to decide whether the public interest merits further action here.”
Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature imposed its own eviction moratorium, which expires August 31.
To alleviate the burden of back rent owed by tenants, the BNP successfully advocated for the inclusion of a rental assistance fund in the American Rescue Plan. However, as of last week, only $156 million of New York’s $2.7 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds were distributed.
The failure of the state to promptly distribute these funds leaves landlords without needed revenue and leaves tenants who should qualify for assistance at risk of eviction. In a welcome letter to Governor Hochul last week, the BNP urged her to make efficient ERAP distribution a top priority of her first 100 days in office.
Tenants and landlords in need of assistance should consider applying for ERAP here.
In preparation for the 2023 elections, the BNP hosted an Erie County Executive Candidate Forum. Both candidates for Erie County’s highest office – incumbent Mark Poloncarz and challenger Chrissy Casilio – were given 45 minutes to address BNP members in a guided discussion.
After years of relentless advocacy to bolster Upstate NY’s innovation and manufacturing industries, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse region have joined forces with a proposal to become a federally-designated Tech Hub in the first-of-its-kind nationwide competition created in his CHIPS & Science Bill.
The BNP organized a Capital Conversations event as part of our Government Affairs series to examine the workings of the H-1B program and explore potential reforms that could strengthen our regional economy.