New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg vetoed a City Council bill that would have forced private landlords to accept Section 8.
While the attempt to protect tenants against discrimination is "well-intentioned," the mayor said the bill "would force private landlords to participate in a public program even at a cost to their bottom lines."
The bill was enacted Jan. 30 by a 39-to-8 vote. Council backers contended that many low-income families with Section 8 vouchers are being turned away because of discrimination based on race, ethnicity and source of income. Council officials plan an override, which requires 34 votes. [nytimes,nydailynews]
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