Bill banning discrimination against subsidized tenants becomes law

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The City Council overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pass a law that prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants who use Section 8 subsidies or other forms of public rental assistance. Bloomberg said the bill had good intentions but forced landlords to participate in voluntary government programs. The Rent Stabilization Association, which represents landlords, said the bill’s proponents failed to prove that Section 8 discrimination was a big problem. Last year, New York Acorn, a community organizing group, released a survey that found that only 16 of 122 studio and one-bedroom advertised apartments were willing to accept vouchers. 

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