State Senate pushing blanket eviction moratorium: sources

May 12, 2021

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first_imgAndrea Stewart-Cousins (Getty)UPDATED, Dec. 15 2020, 4:38 p.m.: The New York state legislature is a house divided when it comes to extending protections against eviction.The state Senate is pushing a blanket moratorium on all residential evictions for an indefinite period, according to sources, but the state Assembly opposes the measure.The move to block all residential evictions would be a departure from the legislature’s approach in recent months. Lawmakers have ceded control to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has preferred to extend existing legislation.The law governing residential evictions, the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, allows property owners to seek money judgments, rather than evictions, for non-payment cases. The protections the law grants expire in two weeks. But the spike in coronavirus cases across the state has pushed the Senate, which secured a Democratic supermajority in November’s election, to consider taking things much further.“It’s important we put a blanket moratorium in place that prevents all residential evictions,” said state Sen. Brian Kavanagh. “At a time when we’re curtailing so many activities, we certainly shouldn’t be letting eviction marshals come to people’s homes and forcibly remove them.”Read moreLawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stallsLawmakers skip cancel rent in favor of more modest billsLandlords jarred by sudden drop in rent collection Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsEvictionsReal Estate and PoliticsResidential Real Estate Message*center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink According to sources involved in the negotiations, the senate is prepared to pass a universal eviction moratorium, the details of which are starting to come into focus. Two concrete options are bills which were proposed last summer, but have since stalled. One, sponsored by state Sen. Zellnor Myrie, would stop all evictions for one year after the end of the state’s declared emergency. Another would stop them for a shorter period.“A real eviction moratorium is necessary, especially as we approach alarmingly increasing numbers of Covid cases across the state,” said Myrie. “With 300,000 deaths and counting due to Covid-19, it’s abundantly clear that evictions harm the tenant, harm the public and don’t bring a single penny to property owners who need the relief.”Sources say the Senate has the votes to pass a measure — although it may not yet be written — and intends to do so by Jan. 1. The state Assembly, however, would prefer to extend and codify existing legislation limiting evictions for non-payment, which Cuomo extended until Jan. 31.Kerri Biché, a spokesperson for Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, said, “This is false. From our conversations, the Assembly and the Senate are in the same place on how to handle evictions.”Yesterday, in statements to reporters, Heastie raised the possibility of doing an extraordinary session before January, to address “hot button issues,” including revenue and an eviction moratorium.Separately, the Assembly is reportedly focused on a plan to raise revenue, despite Cuomo’s preference to wait for federal aid before imposing new taxes to fix the state’s yawning budget shortfall.The senate’s push for a universal moratorium on evictions, rather than a targeted program, has rankled property owners. Such a blanket measure, they argue, could give tenants who might otherwise pay rent the ability to skip it without facing consequences.“Any eviction is not good — we don’t want people homeless,” said Jay Martin, executive director of Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents property owners in New York City. Martin said that landlords prefer an approach which would prioritize protections for those who are “truly on the verge of homelessness.”Observers say it is likely the state legislature will reach an agreement by this Friday, Dec. 18, because legislation must be printed for several days before coming up for a vote.Waiting to pass a bill until after this week would give Cuomo the option to veto it automatically by letting the legislative session draw to a close before signing it.UPDATE: This story was updated to add a comment from Assembly speaker Carl Heastie’s spokesperson. Contact Georgia Kromrei Email Address*last_img read more


Department Head, Electrical Engineering

May 3, 2021

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first_imgAdditionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, andemail addresses of five (5) references who will be requested towrite confidential letters of recommendation.Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and continueuntil the position is filled.The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largestschool in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diversestudent body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduatestudents through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blendof private and public school traditions and is a driving force forachieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positivechange, and enriching the community. Since its founding asChattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation forexcellence built on an unusual blend of the private and publictraditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years,the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part ofthe state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey toexcellence – boldly embracing a passion for excellence in allthings and focused on changing lives and transformingcommunities.Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located inSoutheast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction ofseveral interstate highways. The city has received nationalrecognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown andredevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastestinternet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in theUnited States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that linksevery home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies likeUnum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, McKee, U.S. Xpress,Volkswagen, Coca-Cola United, and Amazon have chosen to set up shopin Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, LookoutMountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum,and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, asdo events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, theCreative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern WritersConference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA SouthernConference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee atChattanooga Mocs. People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as abase for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and cavingexpeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee Riversupport the greatest variety of flora of any area in the UnitedStates. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard todiversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil Warhistory, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just atwo hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville,Huntsville, and Birmingham.The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/TitleVI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualifiedapplicants will receive equal consideration for employment and willnot be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, nationalorigin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexualorientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability,or protected veteran status. Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering or a closely relatedfield;Demonstrated strong peer-reviewed grant development experience,high quality research, and scholarship supported by federal, state,and/or industry funding;Demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduateteaching;Proven leadership experience and commitment to inclusion anddiversity;Demonstrated experience with ABET and regional accreditation;andExcellent communication and interpersonal skills. The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University ofTennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering and ComputerScience invites applications for the Department Head position withthe successful applicant starting on August 1, 2020.Qualifications :Successful candidates must have the following requirements: Cover letterCVUnofficial transcriptsTeaching statementResearch statementAdministrative Philosophy statement The Department of Electrical Engineering offers degrees at BS andMS levels, serves over 170 majors and graduates approximately 35students per year. The department consists of eight full-timefaculty members with expertise in cross-cutting disciplines ofpower systems, microelectronics, robotics and controls, spacesystems, internet-of-things, communications, sustainability andrenewable energy. The faculty conduct research funded by theNational Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and variouscommercial industries. The college also offers a PhD degree inComputational Science (Computational Engineering concentration)with a focus in Electrical Engineering. The program and activitiesof the department—along with collaborations with the UTC Center ofExcellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, theUTC Center for Urban Informatics and Progress, Tennessee ValleyAuthority (TVA), Electric Power Board (EPB), and Oak Ridge NationalLaboratory as well as strong community and industry support—presenta unique opportunity for the successful candidate to have greaterregional and national impact.Responsibilities of the Department Head include, but are notlimited to: being a strong advocate for the department; promotingand supporting teaching, research and scholarly activities, as wellas professional service activities; ensuring alignment of thelong-term vision and goals of the department with the ones for thecollege and the university; formulation of a strategic plan forequity, inclusion, and diversity; advancing community engagement;development of initiatives that ensure student success; teachingassignments; and providing sound programmatic, operational, andfinancial stewardship for the department.Application Procedures:Applications must be submitted electronically through theUTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:last_img read more