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New Yorkers face uncertainty as state deportation moratorium expires, Adams considers distance learning option – CBS New York

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New Yorkers face uncertainty as state deportation moratorium expires, Adams considers distance learning option – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There is growing uncertainty in New York City, where COVID remains a major concern.

Mayor Eric Adams now offers remote options for public school children.

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Meanwhile, a protest march in Manhattan on Friday will call on Gov. Kathy Hochul to protect tenants, with the state’s moratorium on evictions set to expire on Saturday. Organizers are pushing for new laws to be passed for greater protection and for the moratorium to be extended until June.

“COVID has hit New Yorkers hard. People worry over and over again about where they’re going to sleep, ”Adams said Thursday.

In a last ditch effort to prevent what he calls a possible housing crisis, the mayor has turned to the Biden administration for help. As tens of thousands of New Yorkers feared they might end up on the streets, he pleaded with the Treasury Department to immediately send additional federal aid to New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

“New York State only received $ 27 million of the $ 1.1 billion the Treasury Department set aside for additional aid. It’s insulting, ”Adams said. “New York City has the highest rents in the country. Here, a third of tenants spend 50% of their income on rent.

His demands were echoed in a letter sent by Hochul, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and the governors of California and Illinois – states that make up a quarter of the nation’s population and 30 percent of low-income renter households. from the country.

The governors argued that federal funds were allocated incorrectly, “on the basis of a total beneficiary population, instead of a share of low-income tenant beneficiaries, the target population of the program.”

“You will see more and more homeowners either being forced to sell to food funds or not paying their property taxes,” said Joseph Strasburg, of the Rent Stabilization Association.

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Homeowners say if the federal government does not honor this request, it will hurt small homeowners as well.

“At the end of the day, if we don’t have the resources, we will actually see a different kind of tsunami – the inability of small homeowners to pay their property taxes and keep their mortgage obligations,” he said. declared Strasbourg.

This is because Adams is also considering reverting some children to distance learning. He said he was considering the option for the city’s public schools due to low attendance, with many parents fearing COVID.

As of Thursday, the attendance rate was 77%, with a school as low as 44%, meaning that about a quarter of a million students could miss school.

The school chancellor thinks that online is better than nothing for children who don’t come.

“My goal is to create something that would take us at least until the end of the school year, not two weeks or something like that,” school chancellor David Banks said. “Because it’s not an easy thing to deploy an option remotely. There are a lot of songs. “

The mayor said his administration was working with the United Teachers’ Federation to finalize a plan.

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