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COVID-19 Housing Relief and Recovery Act for All

February 5, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State legislature has submitted this proposed bill to the Senate on February 2, 2021.  The impetus behind this bill is the serious emergency that exists in the State of New York due to the impact of the global outbreak of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which as of the date of this  legislation, has created destabilized housing, loss of employment  and income, closure of businesses and schools, and has greatly exacerbated financial  insecurity  in the state of New York.

The legislature further finds that it is currently impossible to  accurately  assess the full scope, duration, and severity of impact this public emergency has and will have on the residents of New York and that, in  response  to  this crisis, on March 7, 2020, the executive declared a ‘State Disaster Emergency’ which has put extraordinary constraints on individuals, families, homeowners, not-for-profits, residential housing  cooperatives, and local, state, and federal agencies. The legislature further finds that the loss of employment, illness and deaths caused by the COVID-19 outbreak have rendered many individuals and families unable to pay for the costs of housing and other life necessities.

In summary, this bill would:

  • Suspend all residential rent obligations for the period March 7, 2020 through 90 days after the state of emergency declared by the Governor ends;
  • Suspend all mortgage payments for homeowners whose primary residence has six or fewer units;
  • Require the Commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal to issue regulations:
  • Provide assistance to residential cooperatives and affordable housing operators losing maintenance and rental income;
  • Establish and manage relief funds for landlords and public housing authorities.

It is imperative that you contact an experienced landlord tenant and foreclosure attorney who can help you understand this proposed legislation. 

Contact Clair Gjertsen & Weathers, PLLC at [email protected] for more information.  We look forward to servicing you.

Wendy Marie Weathers, Esq.

Wendy Marie Weathers, Esq. is interviewed by law student of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University as part of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Membership Project.

January 20, 2021
Clair Gjertsen & Weathers PLLC Office

Law Firm Welcomes New Partner and Promotes Three Associates

January 8, 2021
Clair Gjertsen & Weathers PLLC Team

WHITE PLAINS, New York (Jan. 6, 2021) – As Ira Clair, Esq. retires after a 41-year career practicing law, Clair & Gjertsen, Esqs. welcomes Wendy Marie Weathers, Esq. as partner. The firm will now be known as Clair Gjertsen & Weathers PLLC. 

Gary Gjertsen, Esq. who worked with Clair since they formed the practice in 1992, said: “It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Ira to build a first-class law practice. His outstanding work and legacy are an inspiration to the firm, clients and legal community. We are proud to continue the firm’s culture of innovation and collaboration as we partner with Wendy.”  

Prior to joining the firm, Weathers was senior managing attorney at Cabanillas & Associates, P.C. in charge of the Litigation and Consumer Bankruptcy Departments. She brings more than 20 years of experience representing both institutional lenders and borrowers in all aspects of the mortgage banking industry and residential foreclosures. Weathers currently serves as the President of the Westchester County Bar Association.  

“Starting as adversaries over 20 years ago, Ira became a cherished mentor and confidant whose guidance continues for me today,” Weathers said. “I am thrilled to join this firm that shares the same core qualities that I do – we are passionate about our clients and committed to providing direction with creativity, integrity and compassion.”

Additionally, Mary Aufrecht, Erin K. Flynn and Brett M. Milchman have been promoted from associates to partners in the firm. Aufrecht has been with the firm for eight years and Flynn and Milchman have been with the firm for almost three years each. The three attorneys together are the engine that keeps the firm running. 

“We are delighted to welcome Wendy, whose depth of knowledge in bankruptcy matters and impressive track record is widely recognized. Wendy is not only a fervent advocate of her clients, she is also extremely committed to the legal community,” Gjertsen said. “Wendy, Mary, Erin and Brett will play a pivotal role as we evolve the firm.”  

Clair Gjersten & Weathers PLLC is located at 4 New King Street, Suite 140 in White Plains, New York.  For more information, please visit or call (914) 472-6202. 

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Clair Gjertsen & Weathers PLLC is a prominent defense firm headquartered in White Plains, New York. Practice areas include real estate, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, landlord-tenant disputes, wills & estates and civil litigation. The firm represents individuals and businesses in the New York metro area, Long Island, Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act

The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act

December 29, 2020

Establishes the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act; relates to eviction proceedings (Part A); relates to foreclosure proceedings (Subpart A); relates to tax sales (Subpart B); establishes hardship declarations for owners of residential real property (Subpart C); authorizes every governing body of an assessing unit and local assessor to extend to the 2021 assessment roll, the renewal of the exemptions received on the 2020 assessment roll (Subpart D) (Part B).

Learn More:

COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (PDF)

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