On Thursday, May 7, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he extended the evictions moratorium to at least August 20. He also banned late rent payment fees and advised New Yorkers that they can use their security deposits toward their normal rental payments.
Governor Cuomo’s administration is exploring federal programs and working with banks throughout the state to find ways to assist landlords who aren’t receiving rent. One option under consideration is for the state to provide banks with financial relief so that they don’t need to move forward with property foreclosures. The governor noted that he understood the difficulties faced by landlords, but that he issued tenant relief measures because he didn’t want to see people evicted because of “no fault of their own.”
During the briefing, he also announced new food initiatives for the state to help both farmers and people in need: “We’re funding about 50 food banks that have 2,100 farms that are delivering food to those food banks… And the volume of food and product that is not being wasted and supporting downstate and upstate families is tremendous.”
In a previous announcement, state officials explained that Western New York is scheduled to receive $2,129,463 to aid regional food banks in purchasing agricultural products, especially dairy products, through program partners, including Cabot Cheese, Chobani, Dairy Farmers of America, and the Upstate Niagara Cooperative. The food will be distributed to an estimated 20,000 households.