The New York City Council is getting ready to vote on a measure that would outlaw landlords from running criminal background checks on potential tenants, including murderers.
The NY Post reports that it is likely that the awakened council will approve the bold proposal.
The “Fair Chance for Housing Act,” whose first hearing is set for December 8, has at least 30 of its 51 members’ backing.
If the bill is passed, Mayor Eric Adams is more than eager to sign it into law in the interest of equality.
“No one should be denied housing because they were once engaged with the criminal justice system, plain and simple,” Adams’ spokesman Charles Lutvack told the paper.
One of the few moderate voices in the leftist council, Jewish Brooklyn Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, made a video urging New Yorkers to tell their elected officials to oppose the bill because “the safety of your families… is at stake.”
“What will be served for Thanksgiving dinner?
She wrote in a post, ” “A law that would forbid landlords from checking potential tenants’ criminal histories. killed a person?
You assaulted your partner? Robbed? Did you stab your neighbor? No issue. Come stay with us! Inform the @NYCCouncil to abstain! ”
Keith Powers, the majority leader of the council, responded in a (frivolous) tweet that Thanksgiving “is intended to be a day of thanks, not attacking.
“Do we no longer believe in second chances? ”
It goes without saying that the bill would affect many landlords in the city.
The New York City Housing Authority buildings, which are governed by federal law, as well as two-family residences and homeowners who rent out individual rooms, are not impacted by the measure.