U.S. Housing Secretary Jack F. Kemp said Tuesday that he has allowed New York State officials to quicken the eviction of tenants convicted of drug offenses from nearly 200,000 public-housing units.
Kemp approved the state's request to eliminate administrative hearings in cases in which the tenants have been convicted or accused of selling drugs in housing developments, Gov. Cuomo said. The state had taken this action this year for 100,000 units of Mitchell-Lama housing but needed Kemp's approval before doing the same at 193,000 housing units paid for in part by the federal government, Cuomo said.
Cuomo said an eviction proceeding can last more than six months with the administrative hearing included.