Lawmakers Return for Special Session

Situation Report | September 7, 2021 

Last week, lawmakers returned to Albany for Extraordinary Session to extend the state’s eviction moratorium which was set to expire on August 31. The moratorium has since been extended to January 22, 2022. The moratorium legislation also included an appropriation consisting of $150 million for the purpose of rental assistance.  

The eviction legislation also contained language that allows Public Bodies to avoid in-person attendance at public meetings by allowing for virtual or telephonic attendance. This provision was originally implemented in an Executive Order early in the pandemic and was set to expire in January.  

Governor Hochul Continues Administration Appointments 

Last week, Governor Hochul also announced the following appointments:  

Adrienne Harris has been nominated to lead the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) as its next Superintendent. Formerly a top economic advisor to President Obama, Ms. Harris will become the state’s top financial regulator tasked with overseeing the banking and insurance industries and their compliance with state laws as New York works to rebuild its economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, if confirmed by the Senate. 

Kathryn Garcia has been appointed Director of State Operations. Previously, she served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation, leading its 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. 

Neysa Alsina has been appointed Special Advisor on Pandemic Relief. Ms. Alsina previously served as chief counsel to the New York City Comptroller, overseeing the Office’s legal affairs and representing its interests in safeguarding the fiscal health of the City and the assets of the City’s five public pension systems. 

Click here to learn more about Kathryn Garcia and Neysa Alsina.  

HCA will continue to follow key legislative developments and Hochul Administration appointments. For questions or concerns, please contact Alyssa Lovelace