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Reopening Housing Court is wrong

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After a brief reprieve at the beginning of the summer, the delta variant of COVID-19 has led to an increase in COVID-19 cases in New York City, with the current positivity rate hovering around 4%. The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that the delta variant is far more infectious and transmissible than previous versions of the virus. There still remains no end in sight to this pandemic, a stark reality that is particularly felt by this city’s low-income Brown and Black residents who have been dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates.

Thankfully, Gov. Hochul signed a new statewide eviction moratorium earlier this month after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted both the previous New York State eviction moratorium and the Biden administration’s federal eviction ban. Now, New Yorkers who have experienced financial or physical hardships cannot be forced out of their homes until January of next year, averting a homelessness crisis of unimaginable proportions.

Despite these emergency measures to lessen the impact of the pandemic on New York’s most vulnerable residents, New York State’s Office of Court Administration and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore are moving forward with a haphazard plan requiring........

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