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.
Worldwide, companies throughout every business sector are dealing with significant supply chain challenges. The Buffalo Niagara region is certainly no exception. Increased costs, labor shortages, logistical breakdowns, and a host of other issues are impacting all aspects of the economy from manufacturer to customer.
Last night, New York voters selected party nominees for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Erie County Clerk.
Primaries for U.S. House and State Senate seats will be held on August 23. No Assembly candidates in Erie or Niagara counties faced primaries.
In the next few months, prepare to receive a much higher bill for unemployment insurance (UI). The BNP spent over a year warning state leaders that this was coming. The state failed to act, and now, the chickens are coming home to roost.
One set of primary elections will take place on Tuesday, June 28. Early voting is open now. Look up your polling place and sample ballot here: (Erie County) (Niagara County). Note that primary elections are only open to voters registered in that party.