Protestors for eviction bill rally arrested at NYS Capitol
Protestors arrested at NYS Capitol (WRGB)

Protestors have been arrested after rallying through the halls of the New York State Capitol. New York State Police have confirmed arrests were made but have not identified how many arrests or what the charges are.

A CBS6's news crew were told around 3pm Tuesday, only those with state IDs were allowed into the capitol building, security guards informed our crew it was in relation to the rally members being arrested and processed.

The rally was in support of the Good Cause Eviction bill; the legislation would protect tenants towards unjust evictions or rent increases.

The bill was first proposed in 2019 and would let tenants fight the increases in court if a landlord attempted to evict a tenant for not paying the new, higher rent.

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District 18 Senator Julia Salaza and Assemblywomen Pamela Hunter both sponsored the bill.

“It is more important than ever now that we passed because good cause eviction. The pandemic and the economic conditions created by the pandemic have only exacerbated affordability crisis across the state," she said. “The last thing we need is more people becoming housing insecure and potentially even facing homelessness.”

Roughly 100 protestors were in attendance of the rally along with lawmakers supporting the legislation.

“I came out because I'm here to fight for my human rights,” said Carl Stubbs, who attended the rally. “This is every year; this is nothing new, it’s nothing new.”

There a total of 44 total arrests.  40 for Disorderly Conduct and 4 for Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Resisting Arrest. 

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