The event in Harlem to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was made more exciting on Monday due to politics.
Three perceived New York gubernatorial race candidates attended the event namely governor Kathy Hochul, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Taking advantage of the event, Williams took a swipe at Hochul by allowing the eviction moratorium expired over the weekend.
“Dr. King’s birthday was on Saturday. On Saturday, we allowed the eviction moratorium to lapse without even putting some ‘Good Cause Eviction’ in place to protect someone and no money to protect small homeowners who are going to foreclose,” Williams said.
The eviction moratorium law was first implemented in March 2020 by ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect New York renters from being kicked out of their homes for inability to pay rent.
Hochul earlier said she allowed the eviction moratorium law to expire since it is not economically feasible to keep it in place any longer.
“l am not going to continue as governor without focusing on the issues that matter, like making sure people have housing over their heads,” Hochul said.
Aside from the eviction moratorium law, Williams also hit Hochul due to the surge of COVID-19 in Winter time.
“We did that in the middle of winter and a COVID surge,” Williams added.
Hochul for her part said she is doing her best to control the cases of COVID-19 and protect New Yorkers from the deadly disease.
De Blasio for his part backs Williams on his statement on the eviction moratorium law.
“I agree with Jumaane — a lot of folks who are celebrating him would never agree with that sentiment,” de Blasio said.