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NYC Considering Banning Landlords from Doing Tenant Criminal Background Checks

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The New York City Council is considering a bill that would block landlords from conducting criminal background checks for tenants.

The bill, “Fair Chance for Housing Act,” has the backing of 30 or more City Council members. That’s a majority of the New York City Council which has 51 members in total.

According to The New York Post, New York City Mayor Eric Adams will sign the bill if it is presented to him.

“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 Post.

“We will work closely with our partners in the City Council to ensure this bill has maximum intended impact.”

If signed into law, NYC would follow other areas in the U.S. including San Francisco and Chicago.

A similar bill failed last year but new progressives in the City Council are pressing forward with the new bill.

ABC News reported on the bill:

New York City continues to put those that broke laws before law abiding residents.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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