Council Committees Consider Two COVID-19 Tenant Protection Bills

Testimonies at the public hearing revealed concerns about the two bills and their impact on the City’s tenants and landlords. On April 28, 2020, the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, and Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing held a joint public hearing on two bills that will provide protection to residential and commercial tenants who are financially impacted by COVID-19. Introduction 1912, sponsored by Council Speaker Corey Johnson, will prohibit court … <Read More>

Law Bans Employers From Asking Candidates About Salary History

New local law bans employers from asking applicants about past salaries. On October 31, 2017, the new city-wide Salary History Law took effect. Public Advocate Letitia James, introduced the legislation in August 2017 in response to a report that women in the City earned $5.8 billion less than men in annual wages. Women in City government suffered a wage gap two-to-three times larger than women working in the private sector, with women of color … <Read More>

Landlord Ignored Disabled Tenant

Mother and disabled daughter sought compensation for emotional distress for landlord’s failure to provide more appropriate bathtub. Bianca Torres, a disabled 17-year-old, was denied a lower, smaller bathtub by the landlord of the three story, rent-controlled building on Stephen Street in Queens where she lived with her mother, Lynn Blue. Bianca Torres suffered from autism and seizure disorders, and she had no cartilage in her left knee. Torres needed assistance with every aspect of her … <Read More>

City Council Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Eviction Services for Disabled and Elderly Populations

If enacted, the bills would mandate the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to provide legal assistance information to susceptible tenants. On May 4, 2016, the City Council Subcommittee on Housing and Buildings held a public hearing on two bills introduced to ensure seniors and disabled persons facing eviction have access to information about the legal services available to help them. The bills would mandate the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to provide such … <Read More>