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Cuomo extends New York eviction moratorium through August, announces agricultural buyback program

Cuomo extends New York eviction moratorium through August, announces agricultural buyback program
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: NIH chief: Trump has not met with task force in 'quite some time' | CDC reports 300,000 more deaths than expected this year | UK to start challenge trials for vaccine Cuomo: Travel within Tri-State area should be avoided due to COVID-19 spike California plans to review coronavirus vaccine independently MORE (D) announced Thursday that a statewide moratorium on evictions would be extended through Aug. 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state on March 20 temporarily prohibited residential or commercial evictions through June. In addition to extending the moratorium through Aug. 20, the state will bar fees for late or missed payments during that period and allow renters who have lost money due to the pandemic to use their security deposit as payment, Cuomo said Thursday during his daily press briefing.

Cuomo added that he hoped the extension “gives families a deep breath” but did not rule out a further extension.

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“Nothing can happen until Aug. 20 and then we’ll figure out on Aug. 20 what the situation is,” he said.

“The majority of people in this state live paycheck to paycheck, all of a sudden the paycheck stops,” Cuomo said, adding that federal stimulus and unemployment benefits are “not making up the gap for many families” and that the problem had been particularly pronounced among farmers upstate who are unable to sell their products.