As lawsuit plays out, advocates rally support for Newburgh’s ‘good-cause’ law
“For the Many pushed for the passage of local “”good-cause”” laws in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Kingston and other mid-Hudson municipalities, arguing that it strengthens protections for renters against predatory landlords seeking to hike rent or evict them without a good reason.
“”These lawsuits are attempts by greedy slumlords to override the will of the people,”” said Daniel Atonna, For the Many’s political coordinator. “”Tenants are the majority. Good-cause eviction passed unanimously in Newburgh. Landlords are not the majority.””
Atonna said if the governor, speaker of the assembly or majority leader were to support the legislation, “”it would easily pass.””
“”They don’t even have to wait until January — they could call a special session right now,”” he said. “”Don’t let them act powerless to protect tenants. Our state officials should be showing as much courage as the elected officials here behind me.”””