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We're joined by New York State Assemblymember Harry Bronson. Bronson gives us an update from Albany, including what he and his colleagues are working on related to nursing home visitations and economic development post-pandemic. Bronson is also the co-sponsor of a bill that, if passed, would ban evictions of commercial businesses with fewer than 50 employees until May 1.

Bronson discusses his work, the impact he hopes it will have, and he answers our questions and yours. Our guest:

We talk to landlords about the struggles they are experiencing during the pandemic. Large corporations that own properties are doing quite well, but many properties are owned by local individuals who are struggling to pay their mortgages. They're concerned that landlords are being stereotyped.

We discuss it with our guests, who are landlords:

  • Pastor Fritz Longabaugh
  • Pat Gallagher
  • Karl Weekes

Assemblyman Demond Meeks was arrested during a protest against evictions in Rochester. The assemblyman says that in the middle of a pandemic, it is inhumane to evict people from their household. He was one of more than a dozen people arrested during a protest against the eviction of a tenant in Rochester's Corn Hill neighborhood.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that there is a moratorium on evictions, but that is not entirely accurate. Landlords have said that they're also struggling to pay their mortgages, and don't know what to do without assistance.

So what do advocates see as the fairest path forward? Our guests:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York lawmakers plan to convene remotely for a special session Monday to pass a bill extending the state's ban on residential evictions past its Jan. 1 deadline.

State Senate and Assembly leaders announced the session Sunday. The bill applies to evictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pending evictions and those begun within a month of when the bill takes effect would be put on hold to allow people to submit a "hardship declaration" that would prevent any evictions until May 1.

Rochester city officials say they want to get the word out that one or more individuals who participated in the protest against an eviction on Friday, Dec. 18 on Glasgow St. in Corn Hill later tested positive for COVID-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office file photo

Tenants in New York will be granted another reprieve in the new year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, with an extension of an executive order that prevents landlords from evicting tenants who’ve faced financial hardship both during and before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension, however, may be moot: Democrats in the state Legislature are considering a special session next week to codify and expand a moratorium on residential evictions.