Carmel's HamletHub Fri, 07 May 2021 21:15:59 -0400 Yoga @ The Park presented by Kent Recreation

For Adults 18 & Older - Sundays in May & June
Beginning Sunday, May 16th
After taking the winter off we're so excited to finally be bringing back our Yoga @ the Park program this spring!! This "all-levels" class is perfect for beginners and those looking to expand their yoga practice. It's open to adults ages 18 and older.
With certified yoga instructor Shelley Walker you'll be making circuit of basic postures and poses including twists, back-bends, forward-folds, and the like while learning to perform these poses with vinyasa flow (movement sequence). 
PLEASE NOTE that a yoga/exercise mat is required for this program and props such as blocks and straps are recommended. Starter kits are available at websites such as and
For more information and our registration form, CLICK HERE. Please note that this program has a short registration period with classes beginning on Sunday, May 16th (not the 9th as originally stated). So hurry in and sign up today!
]]> (Kent Recreation) Events Fri, 07 May 2021 09:26:53 -0400
Byrne Announces 94th District’s Best in Business Competition

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) is pleased to announce the launch of his first ever 94th Assembly District Best in Business Competition. In honor of local businesses who have proudly continued to serve our communities despite facing incredible challenges this year, Assemblyman Byrne will be hosting a district-wide competition where constituents vote amongst 22 different categories to recognize and honor their favorite local businesses.   

​“I am excited to announce the launch of this new initiative and hope that it can serve as a fun way for our community to highlight all of our amazing local businesses,” said Byrne. “This past year has been challenging for all of us, and our businesses are certainly no exception. I am truly inspired by the incredible determination so many of our local job creators have demonstrated and am grateful to have so many wonderful businesses in our region. The purpose of this competition is to highlight local businesses that go above and beyond for their customers and communities. If you have a local business you would like to highlight or see honored this is a great chance to do so.” 

​Byrne is partnering for the competition with the Putnam County Business Council, Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Somers Chamber of Commerce, Brewster Chamber of Commerce, and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.

“On behalf of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce we are happy to be a part of Assemblyman Byrne’s Best in Business initiative,” said Nancy Stingone, the Executive Director of Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. “This competition is a great way for the Chamber to support and promote our local businesses that have served us throughout the pandemic and are welcoming back their customers.”

Upon voting, constituents will be entered into a drawing where they will have a chance to win a gift card provided by some of our generous local businesses throughout the district. Constituents may only vote once per each category. Voting will be open throughout the month of May and close on May 31. 

To vote for your favorite businesses, you can visit Assemblyman Byrne’s website at and scroll down to click on the Best in Business page.

Assemblyman Byrne represents NY’s 94th Assembly District, which includes portions of Putnam and Westchester counties. Byrne is the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Health, serves as chair of the Assembly Minority Program Committee.

]]> (Office of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne) Politics Fri, 07 May 2021 04:52:19 -0400
The FTC weighs in on repair restrictions

When you buy a new smartphone, computer, home appliance, or other product, you may not always think about whether it can be fixed if it breaks or has an issue. But here’s the thing: some manufacturers prevent you from fixing the things you buy. They might do things like gluing in batteries, limiting the availability of spare parts, and not giving you the repair instructions and software to help figure out the problem.  

The FTC released a report today about repair restrictions and how they limit your ability to fix products that break. The report suggests what the FTC, lawmakers, and manufacturers can do to make it easier for you to fix the things that you own.

But there are some things that you can do yourself. Before you buy, do some research online to find out:

  • What is the average lifespan of the product?
  • What is likely to go wrong with it if it breaks?
  • How hard will it be to fix the problem?

Here’s something else to know, in case you find yourself in this situation. Let’s say you took a product to an independent repair shop to fix or maintain it. Then later you go to the product’s manufacturer for a repair — but one not related to the earlier fix. If that repair is covered by your warranty, and if your warranty hasn’t expired, the manufacturer can’t refuse to make the repair.

If you’re told that your warranty was voided or that it will be voided because of independent repair, we want to hear about it. Report it to the FTC at

]]> (Emily Wu Attorney, Federal Trade Commission) Public safety Fri, 07 May 2021 04:22:39 -0400
2021 Girl Scout Cookie Sales Ending Soon

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson has announced that the 2021 Girl Scout cookie sale season is ending on May 12th. The good news is that there’s still time to order cookies either from a local Girl Scout or from their website.

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson provides girl programming throughout its seven-county footprint-Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, and Ulster. People may purchase cookies directly from a Girl Scout or order on  

The Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls an opportunity to develop important life skills-goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Not to mention, all the proceeds earned from the Cookie Program stay local. Troops and girls use these funds for memberships, to plan troop events and activities, and to attend council programs.

Support local girls and Girl Scouts by stocking up on your favorite Girl Scout cookies today!

]]> (Girl Scouts Heart oof the Hudson) Charities Thu, 06 May 2021 17:14:17 -0400
New York State Large-Scale Outdoor Venue Capacity Increases with New Fully Vaccinated Fan Sections Starting May 19

Large-Scale Outdoor Events Will Only Be Limited by Space Available for Patrons or Parties of Patrons to Maintain Required Social Distance

Fully Vaccinated Attendees at Large-Scale Outdoor Events May Be Seated at Full Capacity in Assigned Sections Designated Solely for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

New York State Department of Health Will Partner with Yankees and Mets to Offer COVID Vaccinations at Games

Yankees and Mets to Offer Free Ticket Vouchers to New Yorkers Who Get Vaccinated at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that large-scale outdoor event venues will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet starting May 19. This will apply to outdoor sports, performing arts and live entertainment, and horse and auto racing venues statewide. Appropriate social distancing, masks and other applicable health protocols will still apply.

Governor Cuomo also announced that in large-scale outdoor event venues, fully vaccinated attendees may be spaced next to one another, instead of 6 feet apart, in assigned, seated sections that are designated solely for fully vaccinated individuals. Individuals seated in these sections will have to provide proof of full immunization status, which can be provided through paper form, digital application or the State's Excelsior Pass. By June 19, the State will begin to pilot reduced social distancing at large-scale indoor event venues in assigned, seated sections that are designated solely for fully vaccinated individuals. Young adults and children under the age of 16 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine may accompany and be seated with a vaccinated adult in a fully vaccinated section.

"Our state's positivity and hospitalization rates continue to drop and more people are getting vaccinated, so now it's time to readjust our reopening based on the science and the data," Governor Cuomo said. "The trajectory we are seeing brings us to a point where we can take a major step forward and allow capacity at large-scale outdoor events to only be limited by the space available to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet, with sections designated solely for fully vaccinated individuals where capacity can be 100%. All the arrows are pointed in the right direction, but we can't lose any of the significant progress we've made. We're going to continue focusing on our vaccination efforts, because the more people vaccinated, the better the situation and the closer we get to defeating COVID once and for all."

The Governor also announced that the New York State Department of Health will partner with the Yankees and the Mets to offer COVID vaccinations to attendees at games. The Yankees and the Mets will offer free ticket vouchers to New Yorkers who get vaccinated at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

"The trajectory we are seeing brings us to a point where we can take a major step forward and allow capacity at large-scale outdoor events to only be limited by the space available to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet. "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Yankees will offer ticket vouchers to the first 1,000 fans who receive their COVID-19 vaccine on each full day of vaccination operations and to the first 700 fans on each half day of vaccination operations from May 7 through June 6. Ticket vouchers can be redeemed for two seats to select 2021 or 2022 Yankees regular season home games, subject to availability. More information is available here.

The Mets will offer ticket vouchers to the first 250 fans who receive their COVID-19 vaccine at Citi Field on the day of each Mets home game scheduled from May 24 through June 17. Ticket vouchers can be redeemed for two seats to a 2021 or 2022 Mets regular season home game. More information is available here.

Today's announcement builds on Governor Cuomo's recent measures to further reopen the economy given significant progress in vaccinations and sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. On May 3, Governor Cuomo announced a significant easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the region's businesses, venues and gatherings. The easing of restrictions includes replacing business capacity limits with space available to maintain six feet of social distancing; increasing the outdoor social gathering limit to 500 on May 10 and the indoor social gathering limit to 250 on May 19; removing the outdoor residential gathering limit; and increasing the indoor residential gathering limit to 50 on May 19.

Governor Cuomo Announces Large-Scale Outdoor Venue...

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Thu, 06 May 2021 17:09:10 -0400
Maloney Celebrates National Nurses Day, Combats Vaccine Hesitancy with Local Leaders

Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, and Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Chief Executive Officer Joan Cusack-McGuirk on National Nurses Day for the second stop on the Congressman’s vaccine awareness tour. Together, they discussed vaccine hesitancy in Orange County and met with local nurses to recognize their work keeping New Yorkers healthy throughout the pandemic.

“We are in a race against time to beat COVID-19 variants as the virus continues to spread around the world. It's essential that everyone get this vaccine, so we can finally put this pandemic behind us,” said Rep. Maloney. “Getting vaccinated is the most patriotic thing you can do to help your country right now.  Everyone has their own role to play, so tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and get the shot. It’s safe, and it will save your life.”

“COVID-19 rates are down to the lowest point since November here in Orange County, and things are getting back to normal, but until we have a critical mass of residents vaccinated, variants remain a risk. We can’t let vaccine hesitancy set us back on our path to reopening,” said County Executive Neuhaus. “The message has got to be clear, come and get your shots now. It's easy and simple.”

 Vaccine hesitancy is impacting communities across the country. Recent polling, has found 31 percent of people under age 35 do not plan on getting vaccinated. Health experts say getting COVID-19 under control means getting herd immunity up to at least 70 percent of the population.

Right now, Orange County lags behind the statewide vaccination rate average with only 39 percent of residents having received their first dose, compared with 47 percent statewide. Initially Orange County points of dispensing (PODS) were distributing about 2,000 to 3,000 vaccines a day. The county reports that number has dropped to around 200. Vaccine hesitancy could become a roadblock on the road to herd immunity. The longer that takes, the more time there is for dangerous variants to arise and possibly evade vaccines. 

Rep. Maloney is visiting counties in his district to update the community on the status of vaccinations and combat vaccine hesitancy. His first stop was in Dutchess County at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Vaccination Site with County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

See more photos from the event here. Live video from the event can be found on Rep. Maloney’s Facebook page:


]]> (Office of Rep. Sean Maloney) Public safety Thu, 06 May 2021 16:02:10 -0400
SPACE’s Plant Sale is now open!

We are thrilled to open our Third Annual Plant Sale today! Our plant starts are 100% organic and planted right here on Ryder Farm. Many plant varieties sell out quickly, so don't wait!


We're excited to offer vegetable, herb and flower plant starts to help your home garden thrive or kick-start the garden you’ve always dreamed about! We have several varieties, many of which you won’t find in your standard big-box garden section.

We're taking extra precautions during the Plant Sale to best protect you and the SPACE team. To that end, we’ll be using a contactless online ordering and pickup system. Pickups are available from May 22nd - 30th at Ryder Farm. At checkout, you can choose your preferred date and time for curbside pickup. If you do not wish to order online, give us a call at (646) 833-8159 between 10am and 5pm on weekdays and we will be happy to process your order over the phone.

At SPACE we firmly believe that our deeply rooted principles of cultivating art and agriculture are stronger when there are multiple perspectives at the table, and that having access to fresh, healthy food is unequivocally a human right. During our Plant Sale, there are three ways you can help SPACE ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthy and organic food.

Enter the SPACE Plant Sale Raffle! Add a raffle ticket (or five!) to your Plant Sale order to have a chance at winning either a SPACE Harvest Club Subscription or a SPACE Merchandise pack. Harvest Club Raffle tickets are $15 (5 tickets/$60) and Merchandise Raffle tickets are $5 (5 tickets/$20). 100% of all raffle ticket purchases will go towards the Friend of the Harvest Fund. One winner in each raffle will be drawn.

Purchase a “Pay-It-Forward” Pack for only $20! With this purchase, you will receive an organic Lettuce Mix six-pack of plant starts and 100% of your purchase will go to the Friend of the Harvest Fund.

Make a tax-deductible donation of any size to the Friend of the Harvest Fund today.

]]> (SPACE on Ryder Farm) Charities Thu, 06 May 2021 15:40:40 -0400
Let Aversano's Help You Celebrate Mother's Day

Aversano's Restaurant will be open at 75% capacity on Mother’ Days with their full regular menu along with several specials. Enjoy one of their house-made Peach Sangrias with a great meal. Full bar service will also be available.

Reservations are required for indoor or outdoor table seating on Mother’s Day.

Aversano's is open for all your catering and dining needs.

Take out is available but orders should be placed by Thursday May 7th. 

Delivery, take-out, & curbside pickup will be available as are cocktails to go.

Don’t forget Aversano’s offers catering as well!

Need a gift for mom? Aversano's Gift Cards - Order Online!


Aversano's Restaurant 

1620 Route 22 (Towne Centre)

Brewster, NY 10509 

Join Aversano's email club to receive emails with discounts and offers.

 (845) 279-2233

Order Mom a delicious meal from Aversano’s.

Place your order today for pick up or delivery.

845-279-2233 Aversano’s is located at 1620 NY-22, Brewster, NY 10509

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Broadway To Re-Open September 13th at 100% Capacity

Beginning May 6 and Throughout May, Broadway Tickets Go on Sale for Shows Starting September 14 

Tickets Will Be Made Available at 100% of Theater Capacity 

Productions, Theaters, and Attendees Subject to State's Health Guidance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo just announced that Broadway will fully reopen its doors this September, in accordance with the State's health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, and throughout May, tickets for Broadway shows - which begin September 14, 2021 - will be made available for sale at 100 percent of theater capacity. Today's announcement builds upon the reopening of performing arts and live entertainment venues at limited capacities last month and further sets the stage for Broadway shows to return to theaters throughout the fall. 

"Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employees countless performers and show creators, and beginning this September, the show will go on," Governor Cuomo said. "Visitors from all around the world have come to New York to experience the arts and culture and see iconic performances on Broadway, and sadly, the pandemic put this unique New York experience on pause. Thankfully, as we continue to monitor the data and reopen our economy, we are now on track to allow full capacity performances on Broadway to resume beginning this September, bringing back this beloved world-famous attraction."

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said, "On behalf of the nearly 100,000 people who make their living on Broadway - on stage, backstage, and throughout the city and state - we are immensely gratified by the support of Governor Cuomo today. Restarting Broadway is a complex endeavor, requiring long lead times for productions the need to reconnect with a sustaining audience from across the country and around the world. Today's green light by the Governor to put our shows on sale now for the fall is vital to our success. Broadway is the beating heart of NYC tourism and we can't wait for the day soon when our hearts will beat before a live joyful audience."

Sarah Bareilles, singer, songwriter, actress and composer and lyrist for the Broadway musical Waitress, said, "The Broadway community and its legions of fans have something to celebrate!  The news we've been waiting for has finally arrived.  By the time we get to the Fall, nearly 18 months will have passed since my fellow actors, musicians and crew members have been able to do what we love most: perform live to a theatre full of New York audiences.  It's time to get back to work, and I can't wait to be back on stage very soon. Nothing beats Broadway and it's coming back stronger than ever."

The State will continue to work closely with Broadway industry partners to plan for the safe, successful return of this world-class cultural experience.  As public health conditions and the State's guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, Broadway stakeholders will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 

The availability of advance sale tickets and marketing for shows begins the months-long process of reopening to full capacity, building momentum to sustain many long and successful Broadway runs.  The Governor, Department of Health, Empire State Development, and State agency partners join with the industry in their commitment to creating safe and heathy environments for audiences, performers, and employees to enjoy, perform, and work.  If performances need to be postponed due to the public health conditions, theaters have planned to offer customer-friendly refunds and exchange policies. 

To support the performance industry in New York City, the FY 2022 enacted budget included $1 billion in Small Business and Arts Relief and Recovery Assistance, which includes the New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit Program which provides up to $100 million in tax credits to jump start the industry and revitalize tourism in New York City. Under this program, productions which have their first performance scheduled through December 2022 are eligible for a 25 percent credit on eligible costs. 

Prior to the pandemic, almost 250,000 people were seeing a Broadway show every week.  Broadway supports nearly 97,000 local jobs and contributes about $14.7 billion every year to the New York City economy. For more information, please visit the Broadway League, the industry's trade association, at their website:

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Events Thu, 06 May 2021 14:35:12 -0400
Small Business Workshop Series to Start & Grow Your Business

Creative Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

Monday, May 24 | 2 - 4 p.m. ET

Need ways to market your business when money is tight? These days, especially if you are a smaller business or solopreneur, you and your customers may have fewer resources on hand to spend on marketing. Find out how you can implement your marketing goals at minimal cost.


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Local Students Share Their Research at New York Tech Symposium

More than 135 undergraduate and graduate students showcased their research and creative scholarly work at New York Tech's annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) held virtually on April 23. SOURCE highlights both student-faculty collaborations and interdisciplinary education.

View all the projects shared at this year's SOURCE.

Local students who presented include:

Kimberly Fasciglione of Mahopac, who is studying osteopathic medicine.

Nushe Hasanramaj of Carmel, who is studying Biology.

About New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology offers 90 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in more than 50 fields of study, including computer science, data, and cybersecurity; biology and biomedical studies; architecture and design; engineering; health professions and medicine; IT and digital technologies; management; communications and marketing; education and counseling; and energy and sustainability. A nonprofit, independent, private, and nonsectarian institute of higher education, New York Institute of Technology welcomes nearly 8,000 students worldwide. The university has campuses in New York City (Manhattan) and Long Island (Old Westbury), New York; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as programs around the world.

]]> (New York Institute of Technology) Life Thu, 06 May 2021 04:58:35 -0400
Tech Tuesdays Virtual Workshop Series: Presented by Patterson Library

Tech Tuesdays Virtual Workshop Series:

Drive Traffic to Your Business with Google

Tuesday, May 11 @ 7:00 PM

In this session, Maggie Carey of Master It Media, LLC, will discuss Google My Business accounts. With your FREE Business Profile, you can easily connect with customers across Google Search and Maps. Learn what you need to know to get started and optimize your Google My Business page.

This is a virtual program and requires a working email to participate.

Register Here

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Shelley Dell is Kent Library's May Artist

The Kent Public Library will be featuring Shelly Dell as their "Artist of the Month" in May.  Her watercolor and colored pencil landscapes are  displayed on the Kent Library's web page at

According to Ms. Dell, "Catching moments of beauty, observing sunlight as it changes and passes through and around objects is a fascinating thing to observe and try to catch on paper. I make images with watercolors and colored pencils on paper and very recently I have started exploring monoprints." Shelly Dell graduated from NYU with a degree in studio art. Studies included classes at The Art Students League, and The School of Visual Arts. Her current projects integrate classic painting and drawing techniques with the digital world, images made with watercolors and colored pencils on paper attempting to record a few seconds of magic light. Her work is in collections in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Galleries where she has exhibited include 55 Mercer Gallery and 80 Washington Square East Gallery in NY city.  She has  been selected to exhibit work in juried shows in the NY/NJ/CT area. Some of her editorial illustrations have been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, and Scientific American. Currently she is working on a larger series based on "analemma" the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year. More examples of Shelly Dell's art can be found on her website,

]]> (Kent Library) Life Thu, 06 May 2021 04:10:46 -0400
Tax Tips for Property Owners: It’s time to check your assessment

In most towns across New York, assessors publish the tentative assessment roll on the town or county website in the beginning of May. 

The tentative assessment roll includes the property assessment, the assessor’s estimate of the market value of the property (the amount your property could sell for), and exemption information.

You should review the tentative assessment roll annually. After you review the roll, you have the right to file a grievance (or contest the assessment) if you believe your property is overassessed, or if you think you have been inappropriately denied an exemption.

How to know if your property is fairly assessed

A fair assessment reflects your property's market value. Follow the steps below to determine whether your property is assessed fairly and to learn what you can do if your assessment is too high.

  1. Estimate the market value of your property

    To determine whether your property is assessed fairly, you first need to know the approximate market value of your property. Learn how to estimate the market value of your home.
  2. Compare your estimate to the assessor’s estimate of the market value of your property 

    Your assessment is based on the assessor’s estimate of the market value of your property. You'll find your property’s assessment and the assessor’s estimate of its market value on the assessment roll. See an overview of the assessment roll.

    Assessments may be at market value or a percentage of market value. If assessments are at market value, your assessment and the assessor’s estimate of the market value will be the same.

    If your estimate and the assessor’s estimate of market value are similar, then your assessment is likely fair. If not, continue to step 3. 

  1. Contact your assessor’s office

    If you don’t believe that your property could sell for the assessor’s estimate of market value, a conversation between you and the assessor can be helpful to both parties. If you come to a mutual agreement, your assessment can be reduced without going through the grievance process. However, if such a discussion does not result in a reduction in your assessment, you may wish to proceed to step 4.

  2. Grieve your assessment

    As a property owner in New York State, you are eligible to grieve (or contest) your assessment.

    The grievance process takes place at the municipal level, typically with the local board of assessment review. To learn how to grieve your assessment, see Grievance procedures.

    In most communities, the deadline to apply is Grievance Day, which is typically the fourth Tuesday in May, but you should confirm the date with your assessor.

Learn more

  • To find the date when the tentative assessment roll is published in your municipality, visit Municipal Profiles. Search for, or browse to, your city or town, and select Assessment Roll Dates (see options below).
  • You can also find contact information for your assessor in Municipal Profiles.
  • Review Learn about assessments and property taxes.
]]> (NYS Tax Department) Life Wed, 05 May 2021 20:52:41 -0400
Moratorium on COVID-related Evictions and Foreclosures Extended

Legislation (S.6362-A/A.7175-A) Extends the Moratorium on COVID-related Residential and Commercial Evictions and Foreclosure Proceedings for Those Filing a Hardship Declaration Until August 31, 2021

Adds to New York State's Efforts to Protect Tenants and Homeowners Undergoing Economic Hardship Due to COVID-19

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an extension of the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 and the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act. The legislation (S.6362-A/A.7175-A) extends protections prohibiting residential and commercial evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic until August 31, 2021. The legislation adds to New York State's efforts to protect tenants and homeowners from the economic hardship incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic at a critical time in the pandemic's trajectory as the State begins to lift restrictions on public gatherings and businesses.

"As we approach the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, it is critical that we continue to protect both New York's tenants and business owners who have suffered tremendous hardship throughout this entire pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "Extending this legislation will help to ensure that vulnerable New Yorkers and business owners who are facing eviction through no fault of their own are able to keep their homes and businesses as we continue on the road to recovery and begin to build back our economy better than it was before."

Senate Housing Committee Chair and Bill Sponsor Brian Kavanagh said: "The COVID-19 numbers in New York continue to be stubbornly high throughout the state and we need public health measures like the eviction and foreclosure moratorium to keep New Yorkers safe, and ultimately to get past this terrible pandemic as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control have specifically found that permitting evictions increases the spread of COVID-19 and that moratorium laws like New York's work to prevent transmission. Ensuring that everyone has access to a stable, safe place to live is always a priority, but it's never been more important than it is now."

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said: "I am very pleased that the Assembly passed this critical legislation that will help keep people in their homes and small business owners in their stores. This is life-changing legislation that allows the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and other relevant agencies more time to disburse the billions of dollars in state and federal funding to people who need it. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes. I believe it would be immoral to allow the current moratorium to lapse. This law will save lives."

The previously enacted legislation helps both residential and commercial tenants facing eviction and mortgagors facing foreclosure proceedings due the pandemic:

Residential Evictions
The legislation places a moratorium on residential evictions until August 31, 2021 for tenants who have endured COVID-related hardship. Tenants must submit a hardship declaration, or a document explaining the source of the hardship, to prevent evictions. Landlords can evict tenants that are creating safety or health hazards for other tenants, and those tenants who do not submit hardship declarations.

Residential Foreclosure Proceedings
The legislation also places a moratorium on residential foreclosure proceedings until August 31, 2021. Homeowners and small landlords who own 10 or fewer residential dwellings can file hardship declarations with their mortgage lender, other foreclosing party or a court that would prevent a foreclosure.

Commercial Evictions:
The legislation places a moratorium on evictions until August 31, 2021 for commercial tenants have endured COVID-related hardship. The legislation applies to small businesses with under 50 employees that demonstrate a financial hardship. Tenants must submit a hardship declaration, or a document explaining the source of the hardship, to prevent evictions.

Commercial Foreclosure Proceedings:
The legislation places a moratorium on commercial foreclosure proceedings until August 31, 2021. 

Tax Lien Sales
The legislation prevents local governments from engaging in a tax lien sale or a tax foreclosure until at least August 31, 2021. Payments due to the locality are still due.

Credit Discrimination and Negative Credit Reporting
Lending institutions are prohibited from discriminating against a property owner seeking credit because the property owner has been granted a stay of mortgage foreclosure proceedings, tax foreclosure proceedings or tax lien sales. They are also prohibited from discriminating because the owner is in arrears and has filed a hardship declaration with the lender.

Senior Citizens' Homeowner Exemption and Disabled Homeowner Exemption
Local governments are required to carry over SCHE and DHC exemptions from the 2020 assessment roll to the 2021 assessment roll at the same levels. They are also required to provide renewal applications for anyone who may be eligible for a larger exemption in 2021. Localities can also set procedures by which assessors can require renewal applications from people who the assessors believe may no longer be eligible for an exemption in 2021. Recipients of the exemption do not have to file renewal applications in person.

Governor Cuomo first announced a State moratorium on residential and commercial evictions on March 20 to ensure no tenant was evicted during the height of the public health emergency. The Governor signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act on June 30 which became effective immediately as well as additional legislation providing financial assistance to residential renters and landlords. Additionally, previous Executive Orders have prohibited charges or fees for late rent payments, and tenants facing financial hardship can still use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

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