Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Cuomo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images; iStock)More than a month after the legislature approved it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a measure that expands commercial eviction and foreclosure protections for some small businesses until May.The measure, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly in late January, allows businesses with 50 or fewer employees to avoid evictions through at least May 1 by filing a financial hardship declaration. Owners of 10 or fewer commercial units can also fill out a hardship declaration to stave off foreclosure until then.In a press release, the governor announced an agreement with the legislature to amend the bill. Those changes would apply eviction protections to businesses with 100 or fewer employees, and to those with 500 or fewer employees that were closed to in-person operations by executive order or a Department of Health directive for two or more weeks between May 15, 2020, and May 1, 2021.ADVERTISEMENTThe legislature will need to separately pass these chapter amendments.Sen. Anna Kaplan, one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a statement that the measure will give struggling businesses “a shot at survival” and “the opportunity to get back on their feet without the looming threat of being closed down for good.”The measure follows confusion over the status of the state’s commercial eviction ban. The governor’s most recent executive order on the matter expired Feb. 22. That day, the governor signed a blanket order that seemed to extend the moratorium to March 24.If that were the case, the ban could have been effective for yet another 30 days: When the legislature curbed the governor’s emergency powers last week, it approved extending existing directives for that period of time. A spokesperson for the governor, however, disputed that.The new law closely mirrors the state’s restrictions on residential evictions, which the legislature approved in December to landlords’ dismay. That bill froze most evictions and foreclosures for two months, and extended protections through May 1 for residential tenants who file hardship declarations.There are some differences, however. Attorney Adam Leitman Bailey pointed to language in the bill that bars removal of a commercial tenant by any means “except by an eviction proceeding” prior to May 1.He said this clause is targeted at so-called “self-help” evictions, in which a landlord effectively kicks a commercial tenant out by changing the locks. He said the eviction ban is “extremely unfortunate for our economy and for many small businesses that need tenants’ rent to stay in business.”One highlight of the bill, according to Bailey, is that it only halts commercial eviction cases started prior to March 7 for 60 days.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Full Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tags Andrew CuomoCommercial Real EstateEviction moratoriumPolitics
Adrian Gonzalez was penciled in to the cleanup spot against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. It was fair to ask why. Since hitting his team-leading 12th home run of the season on May 21, Gonzalez was batting .136 with no home runs and just six RBIs entering play Friday. When making good contact, Gonzalez often hit into the teeth of a defensive shift. Usually he wasn’t making good contact. But there he was at Dodger Stadium, occupying same the place in the order he’s occupied all but eight times this season, making the Diamondbacks pay in creative ways. Gonzalez drove in one run and scored another in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win.“Adrian’s going to hit. It shows over his whole career that he’s going to hit,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He knows that he’s got another 400 at-bats coming (this season). He’s not going to give in. He’s going to continue to battle.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Gonzalez scored the Dodgers’ first run the easy way – walking then jogging home on a two-run home run by Matt Kemp in the second inning. He gave the Dodgers their third run on an RBI single in the seventh inning. Kemp went 2 for 4. Hanley Ramirez, who didn’t start the last two games because of a left shoulder ailment, went 2 for 3. Catcher A.J. Ellis, activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, singled, walked twice and scored the Dodgers’ final run.The Dodgers’ bullpen survived a rocky finish inning to make a winner of Clayton Kershaw (6-2). Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the ninth inning en route to his 18th save of the season.Kershaw pitched seven innings, scattered eight hits and one walk, and struck out seven batters. The Diamondbacks rarely put the ball in the air against Kershaw, hitting into just two fly-ball outs. They never led in the game but never trailed by more than two runs.In his last start against the Diamondbacks, Kershaw suffered one of the worst outings of his career, allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. That game was less than a month ago, but felt like a distant memory Friday. “You hope to not have any of those,” Kershaw said.Chris Owings led off the third inning with a ground-rule double to left and scored on a two-out double by Aaron Hill. Arizona didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when Brian Wilson allowed three hits and retired just one batter. After Tuffy Gosewich singled home Hill to narrow the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2, J.P. Howell was summoned from the bullpen to record the final two outs of the inning. Jansen got the save despite allowing a walk and two hits, including an RBI single by Hill.Gonzalez led off the second inning with a nine-pitch at-bat against Chase Anderson (5-1). The next batter was Kemp, who drilled a 2-1 pitch to left-center field for a home run – Kemp’s first since May 10.The rookie right-hander suffered the first loss of his career, falling one short of the Dodgers’ Kazuhisa Ishii for the most wins to start a career by a National League pitcher (since 1914).Ramirez led off the seventh inning with a double off right-hander Will Harris. With one out, Ramirez at third base and the right side of the infield drawn in, Gonzalez lined an RBI single into right field.After the Diamondbacks scored off Wilson, the Dodgers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ellis led off with a single against right-hander Evan Marshall. He went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Chone Figgins, then scored on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Justin Turner.Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon made a pair of highlight-caliber plays to end the fifth inning. He ranged to his right to glove a ground ball hit by Gerardo Parra, then jumped and threw out the fleet-footed outfielder. On a Paul Goldschmidt ground ball to his left, Gordon sprawled out on the outfield grass to knock down the baseball and throw out the Diamondbacks’ first baseman.Prior to the game, the announced crowd of 42,831 observed a moment of silence and saw a video tribute to honor former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch, who died of a heart attack Monday night.