New York lawmakers vote to increase the eviction moratorium because the Brooklyn demonstration results in arrests
May 03, 2021 at 10:21 p.m. EDT
Updated on:May 03, 2021 at 10:21 p.m. EDT
The legislature voted on Monday to extend the eviction moratorium.
A vote to extend the moratorium until August 31 was due to be passed last week, but the decision was pushed forward due to a typographical error.
The vote took place on Monday.
The vote came after several protesters demanding an end to evictions and rent annulment were arrested on Monday in downtown Brooklyn.
The demonstration began at around 9:15 am in Brooklyn Borough Hall with a small crowd singing, but ended at 320 Jay Street, where 12 people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and civil disobedience.
They were arrested because the authorities said they were blocking the street in front of the courthouse.
Previously, they blocked the entrances to the courthouse when, according to police, they called for an end to the evictions and the cancellation of the rent.
Those who protested said the late vote had created confusion and frustration.
Even with the extension to August 31, they said the fight won’t end there and that there has to be a long-term solution.
The bill now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.